Prison and immigration removal centre services

All prisons have healthcare teams. We manage these teams in prisons across London, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire.

The teams include nurses and doctors, opticians, dentists, pharmacists, mental health teams and substance misuse experts. All health treatment is free, including dental treatment and seeing an optician - as long as it's for medical reasons and approved by a doctor.

When a prisoner first arrives at prison they are asked about their health - both physical and mental. They have the chance to let the healthcare team know right away what support they need, if any.

The prisoner will then have a more general check up, normally within a week of arriving in prison.

Prisoners can also get special help and support if they:

  • Have drug or alcohol problems
  • Have HIV or AIDS
  • Have a mental health condition
  • Are disabled or have a learning difficulty
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