Aula Abbara, Kate Jarman, Majd Isreb, Meghan Gunst, Zaher M Sahloul

We read with interest Costas Tsiamis and colleagues’ (Sept 3, p 958) call for a Refugees’ Health Unit.1We agree that uniformity and accountability in medical provision would optimise care and alleviate pressures on the encumbered Greek Health System.

As the Syrian American Medical Society Global Response (SAMS-GR),2 we have been providing primary health care and medical services in northern Greece since April, 2016. We work alongside the Greek Ministry of Health, Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs, United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), and humanitarian actors, providing primary health care in four camps serving a population of 3500, and we see up to 200 patients per day (appendix). Patients who are acutely unwell are stabilised and transferred into the Greek Health System through our referral managers; all patients receive patient-held permanent records to ensure continuity of care.

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