Prisoners get the same healthcare and treatment as anyone outside of prison.

Treatment is free but has to be approved by a prison doctor or member of the healthcare team.


Prisons don’t have hospitals, but many have in-patient beds.


Most problems are dealt with by the healthcare team. If they can’t, the prison may:

  • get an expert to visit the prison
  • arrange for treatment in an outside hospital


See full details here: www.gov.uk/life-in-prison/healthcare-in-prison