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Healthcare in prison: what to expect

Healthcare in prison: what to expect

This information explains the care that NICE (the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) has said works best for people when they go into prison. It will help you know what to expect from prison health services. Your family and carers may also find it useful. It was written with the advice of people who have been in prison, their families and carers, and health professionals working in prisons.

Let a member of the healthcare team know if you have problems understanding the information here, or need it in a different format.

While you are in prison you will be able to see a doctor or someone else in the healthcare team if you need to. You should be offered the same NHS health checks as you would if you were living in the community.

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