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GP Registration

Find out how to register with a local doctor's surgery below.

It is very important for all students to be registered with a local doctor’s surgery, so that you can see a doctor – often called a "General Practitioner" or "GP" – when you need to.  Please register as soon as possible. Do not wait until you are unwell!

How to register:

STEP 1:

If you are a student studying at our Newcastle campus, please go to www.studentgpreg.org.uk

If you are a student studying at our London campus, please go to the NHS Choices website to choose a surgery which suits you.

STEP 2: Visit the doctor's surgery, in person, to register.

It is often helpful to take two forms of identification (one which includes a photograph, such as your passport or driving license, and another which shows your term-time address, such as your accommodation tenancy agreement). You will be asked to complete a registration form at the surgery. If you have any questions about how to register, you can find contact details for each surgery on the NHS website.

Important information about meningitis – for all students going to university for the first time

The National Health Service (NHS) offers all new students who are going to university for the first time a vaccination to prevent Meningitis W disease.  We advise all students to get this Meningitis W vaccination – either before you start university or as soon as possible after you start university. For more information, please click here.

International students

If you are a student from outside the UK you may need to pay a healthcare surcharge (called the Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS as part of your immigration application.  There is some treatment that is free for everyone and some exemptions. For more information, please click here.

EU/EEA students in the UK before 31/12/20

If you are a citizen of an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and were living lawfully in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you will be able to use the NHS in England.

If you wish to continue residing in the UK, to maintain your entitlement to free NHS healthcare after 30 June 2021, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Once you have been granted either pre-settled or settled status, or while your application is pending, you will not be charged for your healthcare, as long as you continue to be ordinarily resident in the UK. You may be asked to show that you hold pre-settled or settled status when seeking healthcare.

If you do not apply by 30 June 2021, you could lose your right to access free healthcare

Healthcare for EU citizens

Most students are able to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance card (GHIC) from their country of residence prior to coming to the UK. This card allows EEA nationals to get the same medical treatment, which is free to residents of the country they are visiting, without being charged. The UK government has produced a leaflet about EHIC and access to medical treatment while in the UK.

In addition, if you are exercising your right to reside in the UK as a student or self-sufficient person, you are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance throughout your period of residence in the UK. Having an EHIC/GHIC satisfies this requirement if you are not intending to be in the UK permanently Healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss students

Whether you're entitled to free NHS treatment or not whilst in the UK, you should consider taking out insurance which covers other medical-related costs.  An insurance policy may cover for example:

  • Lost fees if you are unable to complete your course
  • Costs of returning home if a relative is ill
  • Costs of a relative visiting you in the UK if you fall ill
  • Cost of returning to your home country for treatment
  • Or in the worst possible situation, returning a body home for burial

There is often a long wait for NHS treatment, sometimes many months.  An insurance policy which gives you access to private medical care could give you much quicker access to the treatment you need.  If you already have medical insurance in your home country, check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in the UK, as well as looking at options available from UK insurers.

 

 


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