Emerg Med J 23:918-919 doi:10.1136/emj.2006.035980
  • Short report

Use of the emergency department by Polish migrant workers

  1. A M Leaman1,
  2. E Rysdale1,
  3. R Webber2
  1. 1Emergency Department, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, UK
  2. 2Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 A M Leaman
 Emergency Department, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford TF1 6TF, UK; caleaman{at}
  • Accepted 30 May 2006


Following the accession of Poland to the European Union in 2004, large numbers of Polish migrant workers have come to the UK. We describe how this migration has impacted on an emergency department in the West Midlands, and suggest advice that should be given to such visitors about how to use the NHS.


  • Competing interests: RW created the OriginsInfo software and receives royalties for its use.