Comprehensive health services are provided by the government on an equal basis to the entire population. United Kingdom residents with British passports are eligible to pay local rates for medical and dental attention. Non UK residents, however, pay higher rates, which are covered by compulsory comprehensive medical insurance. The Health & Social Welfare Directorate runs the island hospital, an elderly care complex, a centre for the acute and chronically mentally infirm, a centre for the mentally and physically handicapped, and several outpatient clinics around the island. The island’s small general hospital covers all areas of acute medical and surgical care, including a laboratory, dispensary and a well-equipped dental unit. A senior medical officer, three medical officers and a dentist administers the islands medical care. Other specialists make regular calls, including annual visits by an optometrist and ophthalmic surgeon; there are currently limited screening facilities available and major operations are normally undertaken in the UK or South Africa. There are no significant health risks on the island, and therefore currently, there are no requirements for immunisation before you visit. If a family member is taking prescription drugs, it’s advisable to bring enough for the foreseeable duration of your stay on the island. Alternatively, contact the Public Health Department to confirm if the island dispensary has sufficient drugs in stock, before departing on your trip.