Introduction: Health problems can be complex with asylum seekers especially regarding mental health.
Aims: Identify common health problems associated with asylum seekers. Assess the health needs of asylum seekers and discuss if they are being achieved by the health service in the UK. Investigate other services in the UK and consider if these could be introduced in Liverpool.
Method: Internet and medical database searches were carried out to provide the relevant information.
Results: Infectious disease and psychological trauma are common in asylum seekers. Asylum seekers find it difficult accessing primary care due to a number of reasons. ASSIST service in Leicester is an excellent example of good practice for asylum health needs.
Conclusion: The ASSIST model could be used in Liverpool, providing an individual centre for asylum needs. The asylum process is still not ‘fit for purpose’