If you’re a Ukrainian refugee living in Merton, this page explains how you can access healthcare, schools and work.


Please see the separate page Homes for Ukraine: Where to get help as a guest for information on support into employment.


Refugees are entitled to access the NHS and will be given assistance to register with a GP.

The local NHS is awaiting national guidance. In the meantime refugees arriving in Merton should register with their nearest GP practice or the one their host is registered with.

This leaflet explains how the service works and what rights to healthcare migrants have.

How the NHS works: a guide for migrants (English)

How the NHS works: a guide for migrants (Ukrainian)

The documents above may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. The information is also available as an accessible web page: NHS entitlements: migrant health guide (GOV.UK)

Mental health

Barnardo’s has set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Help for anyone fleeing the Ukrainian conflict | Barnardo's website


Refugee children and young people are entitled to access education the same as any other child or young person in Merton. Polish Families Association can help with applications, or the applications can be made online.

The Admissions team can be contacted on admissions@merton.gov.uk and the application process and details of primary schools with potential vacancies can all be found on our website:

In-year school admissions, junior applications, and transfers.