Emergency services and healthcare in London

Find out everything you need to know in case of an emergency, from healthcare to useful phone numbers.  
Two police officers on horses ride on a street in London next to a red heritage London Routemaster
The Metropolitan Police protect visitors and residents of London. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Healthcare in the UK

The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK.

NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment, except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK.

The UK government strongly advises visitors to take out appropriate travel insurance for the duration of your trip to cover any medical expenses. 

If you're visiting from Europe, make sure to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital – find out how Brexit may impact EHIC cards.  

Visit the official UK government website to find the latest updates on healthcare for EU citizens visiting the UK after Brexit

Emergency services

London’s police force, The Met Police, actively protects Londoners and visitors from potential threats 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Learn more about Project Servator.

Emergency numbers

Call 112 or 999 for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) in London.

To report non-urgent crime, call the police on 101 from within the UK.

Find out more about staying safe in London.