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Healthcare

Registering with a Doctor

Dental Care (Teeth)

Optical Care (Eyes)

Healthcare App for your mobile

 

Registering with a Doctor

After arriving in the UK, you should register with a local doctor ('GP', General Practitioner) as soon as you can; do not wait until you are ill.

Students have a choice of several different GP Surgeries within Lincoln city centre however many students choose to register at the on-campus Health Centre.

When registering with a doctor’s surgery, you should take the following documents with you:

  • Personal Identification (passport)
  • Immigration documents
  • Proof of address with your name and term-time address on it (a household bill or tenancy agreement)
  • Medical card (if you have one)
  • List of current medications
  • A Confirmation of Study Letter (if you are registering with an off-campus doctor)

Doctors surgeries with online registration may ask you to produce these documents before they can complete your registration.

You may be asked to book a ‘Registration Appointment’ which is an initial health check and a chance for you to meet a GP or Nurse Practitioner. If you have any ongoing conditions or medication, it is a good time to discuss these.

For further information about the health services available to international students, visit the UKCISA website.

The Immigration Health Surcharge

People from non-EEA countries are now required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) in order to be eligible for healthcare in the UK.  This is done as part of the visa application form.  If you are unsure if you are eligible for healthcare in the UK, contact the International Advice Team and they will help you.

 

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Dental Care (Teeth)

Once you have registered with a GP you can also register with an NHS dentist.  Visit the UKCISA website for information about dental treatment in the UK.

 

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Optical Care (Eyes)

In the UK, eye care is provided by high street opticians. To purchase spectacles or contact lenses you will need a British prescription, which you get from the optician following a sight test. Sight tests can be arranged by contacting the optician directly. The cost of frames, lenses and contact lenses varies.  Visit the UKCISA website for information about eye tests and eye care provided in the UK. 

 

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Healthcare App for your mobile

You may find it helpful to download the ‘ESC (Expert Self Care) Student’ is health app to your mobile.  This app has developed by medical doctors, together with students.  It does not cost much to download onto your phone from your app provider.  You can find answers to questions about:

  • Emergencies – learning the truth about life-threatening illnesses and how to give basic first aid
  • General ill health – how to deal with sleep problems, feeling stressed, and constant fatigue
  • Mental health – finding out what to do when feeling low or anxious, self-harming or worried about drinking too much alcohol
  • Common ailments – headaches, finding out how to treat spots, and managing common aches and pains
  • Navigating health services – what to do next and when to see a pharmacist, nurse or doctor.

 

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