Register with a doctor
On arrival at the University, it is important to register with a doctor, do not wait until you need a doctor, register now.
If you need to find the nearest GP to your Halls or other accommodation visit the NHS Direct website or ring NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
Help With Health Costs:
Make sure you fill in an HC1 Form to apply for help with health costs such as prescriptions and dental care, there are available in pharmacies and from your GP.
Students in full-time education who are under the age of 19 are automatically entitled to full help with health costs (except travel costs, in which case they can apply to the Low Income Scheme).
Students aged 19 and over entering higher education generally have access to their own resources and are no longer classed as dependent children. They can apply to the Low Income Scheme, using form HC1, the same as all other adults to see if they qualify for help.
For more info visit: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/help-with-health-costs.aspx
You can also refer to the Choose Well information to help you decide what kind of medical care you require:
The Department of Health recommends that all students be fully immunised before arrival at university. You should arrange to see your doctor and make sure you are up-to-date with vaccinations against:
- Meningitis C
If you have had only one dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine you will need to get the second dose at the appropriate time. Ask your doctor for advice. Ensure that your vaccination records are up to date, if you are not sure please contact your surgery and find out if you have been vaccinated for:
- Meningitis C
- First Mumps (MMR)
- Second Mumps (MMR).
If you have, then you also need to find out the dates upon which you were vaccinated. Please give your new doctor this information when you start university.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain caused by different organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and amoeba. It becomes particularly contagious in situations where large numbers of people live or work closely together (like students at university).
If you're under 24-years-old and have not had a meningitis vaccination, you should contact your doctor to arrange one. You can also find out more information on the Meningitis Research site: www.meningitis.org/
It is recommended that all students between 18 - 25 years old are up to date with their MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination. If you have not received two doses of the vaccination in the past, please contact your surgery to arrange an appointment.