Responding to the needs of Ukrainian refugees
The conflict in Ukraine has displaced millions of people, creating a new refugee crisis. With the war continuing, primary care clinicians need to be aware of how they can help to support refugees.
1. Ensure staff are aware of printable resources in Ukrainian and Russian on how the NHS works. https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/translated-health-information
2. On registration check immunisation status, offer screening for infectious diseases (TB, hepatitis and HIV [when indicated]). Discuss chronic disease management, screening processes and assess for mental health conditions. E-learning resources are available to support post-war mental health care for Ukrainian adults and children. https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/international/humanitarian-resources/ukraine-crisis-resources
Ensure your social prescriber is aware of local and national support organisations for Ukrainians and refugees.
The Ukrainian Medical Association of the United Kingdom: https://www.facebook.com/groups/umauk
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain: https://www.augb.co.uk
Ukrainian Institute London: https://ukrainianinstitute.org.uk
British-Ukrainian Aid: https://british-ukrainianaid.org
For further information on this topic, look at our WiseGP newsletter titled “Healthcare for all” or the article which informed this GEM below.