NHS Direct provide health advice
and information on how to access healthcare services. You can use their
Nearest service to find local GPs (General Practitioner)
(further details are also below), Dentists, Pharmacies or
A&E (Accident and Emergency) departments. Walk in Centres complement other health services. Follow the link to
find a walk in centre near you and their opening hours. If you are an
international student you should check whether you have to pay for healthcare in the UK.
If your health or mental health is affecting your studies please
Absence from tuition and medical certification
Full details of the procedures for Student
Registering with a doctor
Under University regulations you are required to register with a local doctor
for the duration of your studies if you live on campus or in the local
surrounding area. Register as soon as possible after your
arrival, in case you should suddenly need medical treatment. If you are not registered you may be
referred to the local Walk In Centre for treatment, as a doctor is not obliged
to see you (unless deemed a medical emergency). Details are given below of the
location of services on or near your campus or you can choose to register with a
GP (General Practitioner) in the local area where you live. Use the
NHS Find Your Nearest service to find local GPs (General Practitioner).
If your course is less than six months' duration, you will have limited access to NHS services and may need to be treated as a private patient.
There is a Health Centre on the Colchester Campus which offers National Health Service (NHS) provision.
There are five doctors who provide all primary care services. Appointments are available with doctors,
nurses and a health care assistant. There is a nurse triage system for emergencies, and specialist
nurse clinics including sexual health, contraception, asthma, and diabetes. For further details
visit the Rowhedge Surgery website.
There is a doctor's surgery in the Gateway building offering NHS services
including appointments with doctors and nurse clinics. For further
information visit the practice and
choose the Luker Road surgery.
Contact details of local GPs are available from Student Support
on the ground floor at Hatfields. Alternatively,
local NHS doctor.
We recommend that new students take time to register with a local dentist as
emergency treatment can be difficult to obtain if you are not registered. If you
wish to register with an NHS dentist you can search the
Nearest for local dentists. You will then need to contact each dentist individually to
ask if they are still registering NHS patients and make an appointment accordingly.
The University hosts an Academic Dental Clinic, which provides free basic
dental care (one course only). In order to register, students should go to the
reception area on the first floor of The Gateway Building, accessed via the rear
of the building.
Paying for prescriptions, opticians and dental treatment
As a student you may be entitled to full or partial exemption (on the grounds
of low income) from prescription, dental and optical charges. More information
is available for students and international students on
Protect yourself and know the symptoms
For either emergency first aid or non-urgent first aid assistance, please