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    Registering For and Accessing Health Services

    It is important that you register with a GP as soon as possible when you join Middlesex if you are living away from your home GP. This means that you will be able to access healthcare quickly should you become unwell at your time at university. GPs are often the first point of contact and can refer you to more specialist care should you need it. The NHS has more information on getting medical care as a student here.

    You can choose to register with any local GP, though there are some surgeries which are closest to our campus and to halls which you may want to register with. However, it is up to you which GP you decide to register with. You can search for your closest GP surgery here and you can filter your results per reviews. If you're an international student please note that you can only register with a NHS doctor if you are enrolled on a full-time course that lasts for more than six months. If your country does not offer reciprocated treatment with the UK, you should take out insurance.

    Once you have registered with a doctor, you can be treated by a dentist. Make sure you complete a HC1 form and check that the dentist offers NHS treatment as private treatment is more expensive. Dental treatment is not usually offered for free in the UK, though NHS practices charge much less than private practices. You may be able to claim some of the money for the treatment, depending on your financial circumstances. You can search for an NHS dentist here (If you do require financial support, you can speak to the Student Welfare Advice Team who you can discuss your concerns with).

    What is a GP?

    A GP, or General Practitioner, is a highly skilled doctor and can support you with your health through your life. Your GP will offer you preventative care and health education to keep you well, and if you become unwell they will treat you and co-ordinate your care. GPs are often the first point of contact if you become unwell.

    Premier Medical Centre attend our campus wide events to promote registration to their surgery and to offer free vaccinations. They are located in Wembley closest to Unite Halls, however all Middlesex students can register with them. They offer:

    • Quick registration in just a few minutes – Register here
    • Option of Telephone or in-person appointments
    • Video consultations from your mobile phone (starting Autumn 2019)
    • SMS/Email communication
    • Multilingual including: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic, Portuguese
    • Access to booking appointments / medical advice via AskNHS which you can download to your phone (https://www.sensely.com/asknhs/)

    Ravenscroft Medical Centre is currently closest to Middlesex Hendon campus, though there is a relocation proposal under discussion. Ravenscroft state that you must live within their practice area to register.

    Why register for a GP?

    It is important that you register with a GP as soon as possible when you join Middlesex if you are living away from your home GP. This means that you will be able to access healthcare quickly should you become unwell at your time at university. GPs are often the first point of contact and can refer you to more specialist care should you need it. The NHS has more information on getting medical care as a student here.

    Which GP should I register with?

    You can choose to register with any local GP, though there are some surgeries which are closest to our campus and to halls which you may want to register with. However, it is up to you which GP you decide to register with. You can search for your closest GP surgery here and you can filter your results per reviews.

    How do I register with a GP?

    GP practices will have their own methods of registering. Sometimes you might be able to begin registration online by filling in a few questionnaires with your personal information and some history on your health. Some GPs may ask you to register at the practice and to bring some personal documents with you.

    Will my new GP be able to see my record from my previous GP?

    If you are moving from another GP in England, your GP should have access to your previous health records. This means that you will not have to explain your previous history to your GP. If you are an international student, please see below.

    Will what I tell my GP remain confidential or will the university know too?

    Any conversations you have with your GP are confidential. This means that unless you give your GP permission to speak to the university about your care, your GP will not. The only time your GP may speak to the university is if they believe that you are at risk of significant harm to yourself or others, in which case your GP may break confidentiality. They should always discuss this with you. It may be beneficial at times for your GP and wellbeing services in the university to be in contact. For example, if you are receiving treatment under your GP and the university for a mental health condition, it may be useful for your GP and the wellbeing team to discuss your care to offer you a smooth and joined up service.

    What if I am an international student?

    It is important that you register with a GP as soon as you can after arriving in the UK. Your new GP will process your registration and can provide you with an NHS number which you will need to have hospital treatment or if you need to be referred to a specialist.

    We recommend that your inform your home doctor that you are moving to the UK and to ask if you need any vaccinations. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions that you ask your home doctor to write a letter explaining these along with any medication you are receiving (this could include a copy of your prescription with English translation if required). You can pass this information to your new GP in the UK as this will help to ensure continuity in your treatment.

    Do I need any vaccinations to keep me healthy?

    We strongly recommend that you ensure that you have received vaccinations for Meningitis and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) before you join Middlesex. If you have not been immunised, you should speak to your GP about getting vaccinated as soon as you have registered. There may be opportunity to receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccination at the yearly Wellbeing Festival in Fresher’s week. However, we recommend that you do not delay and to get vaccinated as soon as possible. There is more information on Meningitis, Mumps, Measles, MMR vaccinations and symptoms to look out for. The NHS website also details more information on which vaccinations you need.

    What’s the difference between a GP and a Pharmacist? Do I need to register with a Pharmacist?

    GPs work in GP practices. You need to register with a GP to access their services and there is often a wait for an appointment. You can go to your GP with any wellbeing concern. Pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals and work in Pharmacies where you do not need to register or book an appointment to receive treatment. Pharmacists will be able to give you advice and recommend treatments on minor ailments such as colds, coughs and sprains. Pharmacies are often open later in the day than GP practices. If your Pharmacist is not able to support you, they will signpost you to your GP. You can read more about what services pharmacists provide here.

    The closest Pharmacy to the Hendon campus is C K Pharmacy, 9 Church Rd, Hendon, London NW4 4EB. 020 8203 1007. C K Pharmacy is open 9 – 7 weekdays, 9 – 2 on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.

    If you become unwell and you are not sure what health service you might require, you can download Ask NHS on Android or Apple. This app will help to guide you to the best service to help you.

    What if I need a dentist?

    Dental treatment is not usually offered for free in the UK, though NHS practices charge much less than private practices. You may be able to claim some of the money for the treatment, depending on your financial circumstances. You can search for an NHS dentist here. If you do require financial support, you can speak to the Student Welfare Advice Team who you can discuss your concerns with.

    What’s an NHS walk in/urgent treatment centre, and when should I use this?

    Once you are registered with a GP, you should be able to call your surgery to see if you can get a same day appointment. Your GP should be able to direct you to an NHS walk in centre/urgent care centre if they are unable to see you. You can also just turn up at an urgent care centre without an appointment, though you may have to wait. Urgent care centres can provide you with urgent medical attention for injuries that are not life threatening. In an emergency situation, you should still call 999 or campus security if you are on campus on 020 8411 6200. You can find your closest walk in/urgent treatment centre here. If you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what support to access, you can call the NHS on 111 or visit www.111nhs.uk. They may ask you about your symptoms and give you advice on how to access support or put you directly in touch with the appropriate practitioner.

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