Overseas health

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01   Kenya (BATUK)

The British Army and Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC), where possible, endeavour to provide Service personnel and their families with appropriate and equivalent levels of health, educational and welfare support when assigned overseas. The British Army and the DPHC give maternity and neonatal care the utmost priority and if the support and care is not equivalent to that given in the UK the pregnant family member or Servicewoman needs to be returned to the UK for their delivery.

This is the case for British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) and current policy recommends that pregnant women in BATUK should return to the UK between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. Ladies with high risk pregnancies should return no later than 24 weeks of pregnancy. Babies cannot be supported in BATUK until they have had their primary immunisations i.e. at 4 months old.

Please contact Karen Ross, AFF Health & Additional Needs Specialist on healthsupport@aff.org.uk or Esther Thomas, AFF Manager Overseas on overseasmgr@aff.org.uk for more information.

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02   Germany

For information on health and dental services in Germany, please visit bfgnet.de/health

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03   British Forces Cyprus (BFC)

For advice and information on the medical treatment and local health services available in BFC you are advised to read Defence Instructions and Notices (DIN) 2013DIN01-141 – Healthcare Provision in BRITISH FORCES CYPRUS (BFC) – Directory of Local Health Services and Medical Screening Advice. In Annex A of this DIN there is a table that details the medical treatment that is unlikely to be available in BFC.

Treatment of non-entitled patients in BFC

It is important to remember that there is no provision to offer free medical and dental facilities treatment for visitors to the British Forces/MOD civilian personnel serving in Cyprus. It is essential that all visitors obtain adequate medical insurance cover before they arrive in Cyprus. EU travellers should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which should provide healthcare cover within the Cypriot health care system.

Polyclinic Complaints Procedure

Defence Medical Services have entered into a contract with YGIA Polyclinic Private Hospital. So for those Serving with British Forces in Cyprus, complaints or concerns are raised through Significant Event Reports (S.E.R.s). All complaints should be in writing using the form at appendix B in the Policy and Procedure on Handling and Investigating Complaints document which is used throughout the bases and it will then be sent to YGIA Polyclinic Private Hospital via the Patient Safety Manager. To download the Policy and Procedure on Handling and Investigating Complaints PDF click here.

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04   UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

The UK GHIC allows you to get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once your EHIC expires, you will need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. GHIC and EHIC do not replace travel insurance. 

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/global-health-insurance-card

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05   Assisted Conception

Germany and EJSU

Service couples living in British Forces Germany and the Netherlands and Belgium (EJSU) will not receive funding for assisted conception treatment but there is support for fertility investigations to entitled couples.

There is also funding for surgery to correct any anatomical abnormality that is causing the infertility. For more information on assisted conception, speak to your doctor.

British Forces Cyprus (BFC)

BFC does not fund assisted conception treatment but will fund fertility investigations up the point of diagnosis. If you require assisted conception treatment, they will advise you to return to the UK. For more information, speak to your doctor.

Other overseas postings

It is not advisable to have IVF or other infertility treatment in any other overseas bases because treatment cannot be quality assured or regulated in line with national UK guidelines.

If you are considering having IVF treatment overseas it is advisable to visit the HFEA website for more information and guidance.

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