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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern

Region: Western Europe

Area: 244 820 km²

Capital: London

Major cities: London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester

Climate: oceanic climate of middle latitudes with warm summer, moderately cold winters, but frequent precipitation all the year round

Languages spoken: English

Religion: Christianity

Local time: GMT+0

Calling code: +44

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Credit cards: VISA, American Express, Master Card

Visa: required by all except the following: nationals of U.S., EU, EEA or Switzerland. For more detailed information please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool

It is commonly known that the vast majority of British medical centres (95%) are state-owned. In this respect the UK is a unique country in Western Europe. However, the remaining part represented by private medicine covers the requirements of thousands of overseas patients. British medical centres provide top level medical services basing both on the vanguard scientific and technical achievements and the therapeutic traditions of the “good old England”. That is why the treatment in the UK has always been costly, prestigious, but nevertheless demanded and popular among the prosperous citizens of the EU, the USA, and the CIS countries.

At present the most consumer-demanded fields for overseas patients in the UK are gastroenterology, oncology, orthopaedics and traumatology, paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics, radiotherapy and radiosurgery, rehabilitation and reproductive medicine.

In the field of oncology in the UK they perform surgical resection of all types of cancerous tumours, chemical therapy, radiotherapy, cryotherapy, brachytherapy, and prostate cancer treatment applying the unique methods of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and green laser. Besides, they develop innovative anti-tumour medicines and cutting-edge technologies. 

Another leading medical field comprises Assisted Reproductive Technologies, obstetrics, and gynaecology. And not surprisingly, because the UK is the motherland of the first child born from in-vitro fertilization. Multiple clinics of reproductive medicine treat infertility applying the most effective methods of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), in particular, in vitro fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection method (ICSI). Pregnant women are offered a full spectre of pregnancy support services and delivery assistance.

The UK also hosts the European largest  neuro-rehabilitaion centre providing all types of neurosurgery and rehabilitation. The centre is facilitated with the most advanced equipment and state-of-the-art technologies: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cutting edge tools and implants, the technology of medical computer visualisation of brain and spinal fine structures, endoscopic methods, gamma knife, neuronavigation, methods of stereotactic radiosurgery, and a great number of other hi-tech methods of diagnostics and treatment of nervous diseases.

In the UK clinics special attention is paid to the psychological support of patients and their families, provided comfortable accommodation and specialised care, and the patient receives continuous support of a personal consultant during all stages of treatment. Many patients prefer to combine treatment and recreation at the thermal resorts, which is very beneficial for speeded up the rehabilitation and restoring processes in the organism.

Recommended time for treatment: from May to September.

Recovery and recreation at the resorts of the United Kingdom have traditionally been considered very prestigious and expensive. Mostly, wealthy patients from Western Europe and the USA come here. The best recovery, treatment and prevention establishments of the country offer various luxury-class recovery programmes and resort based on the state-of-the-art medical technologies.

Harrogate – the first British resort-city, receiving visitors for treatment and/or recovery purposes from all over the world since 1571. For immunity improvement and vital tone increase they use eastern-style steam-baths, mud wrappings, hydrotherapy. Patients with diseases of upper respiratory tract are recommended a course of eucalyptus inhalations in the sauna.   

Famous recovery resorts of the UK are located in the county of Hampshire. Unique climate is formed by the Gulfstream: mild winter, warm summer and high air humidity. There are Spa complexes situated all around the county. Major procedures offered are hydrotherapy, talasso therapy, aromatherapy, Roman baths, baths, procedures with mineral and sea water.

Resort city of Cheltenham is renowned for therapeutic salt waters, which were opened in the XVIII century. In the treatment and recovery centres, foreign patients are offered to take sessions of hydrotherapy, purifying procedures, to visit eastern therapy rooms, where one can take a milk bath, attend a session of Indian head massage, and synchronous four-hand massage.

Patients with diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, rheumatism, paralysis after-effects come to Leamington (Warwickshire County). Here the treatment is performed with the use of waters from mineral springs. Courses of water procedures, heat therapy and wrapping is commonly prescribed.

The town of Baxton (Derbyshire County) is well-known all over the world for its thermal springs. Specialists consider them one-of-a-kind. In the course of studies it has been discovered, that 5000 yeas ago rain water passed through geological formations and was enriched with Radon, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen. This way 10 hot springs were formed, which today heal patients with the diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, muscular and nervous system, urinary tracts, with hypertension. Foreign patients with metabolic dysfunctions are also coming here. Excellent results are achieved in different female diseases treatment. The treatment and recovery programme involves drinking courses, baths, hydrotherapy, wrappings, mud treatment.

3*- from €35;

4*- from €40;

5*- from €80.

Yorkshire pudding, scones with jam, butterfly cakes.

Westminster Abbey, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Stonehenge, Ministry of Sound, Thames Festival, Notting Hill Carnival.

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