Useful Information

Health & Medical Care in Guernsey

**Please note that from 1st Jan 2023, UK visitors to The Islands of Guernsey will be able to access healthcare required during a trip to any of our Islands, thanks to a new Reciprocal Health Arrangement signed in August 2022 between the two jurisdictions. Read more here.**

Guernsey’s Health Services is not part of the UK NHS, so medical insurance is highly recommended when you travel to the Islands. There is one hospital on Guernsey, the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, as well as GPs and Pharmacies across the island. 

Healthcare and Treatment 

Guernsey's Health Service is not part of the UK National Health Service. Medical insurance is therefore strongly recommended.  There is no reciprocal health agreement between Guernsey and the British Government.  This means that UK residents travelling to the Islands will also be charged for medical treatment within a hospital.  There are a limited number of exemptions for certain contagious diseases and compulsory psychiatric treatment.  For information on Emergency Department charges, please visit the website or download the leaflet.

Primary care doctors, dentists and other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, are in private practice and all patients are required to pay for treatment.  This can be at a surgery, at your temporary residence, or at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital including Accident & Emergency.  There are also charges for the ambulance service and repatriation, to where you are ordinarily resident, if required.

Medical insurance is strongly recommended.

Policies should be checked to ensure that cover is provided for travel to the Channel Islands, and for stays in the kind of accommodation you have chosen, including staying with friends and family. 

For further information, please contact the Health and Social Services Departments on +44 (0) 1481 72524 or visit the website.

Smoking in enclosed public areas and workplaces is not permitted in Guernsey and Herm.  This includes pubs, restaurants and serviced visitor accommodation (Hotels & Guest Accommodation). There is an exception permitting smoking in designated guest bedrooms, but such rooms are few in number, so please check before you book. Alderney has similar legislation with no smoking in hotel bedrooms.

Smoking is banned in all enclosed catering premises and all enclosed licenced premises on Sark or any area within these spaces. Accommodations may allow smoking in bedrooms only if there is clear information on display to this effect.