What is the NHS?
The NHS (National Health Service) is the the publicly funded healthcare system of the UK.
It is made up of four separate systems: The National Health Service in England, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales and Health and Social Care in Northen Ireland. Everyone living in the UK can use the NHS without being asked to pay the full cost of the service. These services include:
- Visiting a doctor or a nurse at a doctors surgery.
- Getting help and treatment at a hospital if your unwell or injured
- Seeing a midwife if your pregnant
- Getting urgent help from health care professionals working in the amblulance services if you have serious or life-threatening injuries or health problems- this might include being transported to hospital.