The Refugee community and access to health services

Through this report, Healthwatch Lewisham draws attention to the experiences of access to health and social care services faced by members of the refugee community living in Lewisham.


The refugee community especially mothers and carers of children face barriers and challenges in access to primary care.

Children’s health and wellbeing was the main issue highlighted through the research. It was linked to difficulties in obtaining GP appointments coupled with not having enough time during an appointment and not seeing the same GP.

As a result the participants confirmed they used A&E to ensure their children were given medical attention and this provided mothers/carers with much needed reassurance.


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The refugee community and access to health services report

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