I had a lot to ponder in my mind when I arrived in the UK from the Southern West Indies with my social and personal baggage in tow.
Having claimed asylum the one thing that I kept thinking about was “I really need to be registered with a GP.”
For those within the asylum process I cannot stress how important it is to register with a GP. This also gives those with underlying conditions or worse undiagnosed conditions a chance to receive some essential healthcare and treatment.
Coming from a country with poor infrastructure I arrived in the UK with a pre-existing medical condition.
Since registering with a GP I now have a better understanding of my own health issues which has enabled me to take better care of myself.
Many asylum seekers take an arduous journey to restart a new life in a new environment and for some the journey is
an excruciatingly heavy psychological burden.
Registering with a GP is also crucial as physical and mental health and wellbeing all need to be assessed and treated with diligence.
Having a good physical and mental health through the asylum process is very important. I really encourage all asylum seekers to register with a GP once they arrive at their Dispersed Accommodation. Neglecting to do so is a terrible mistake. The Welcome Pack has all the information.
Jason Thomas- Fournillier The Bradford Rainbow Club Group Member.