Doctors and Health
In an emergency there are qualified firstaiders available at all
the ISH sites, usually the Duty Manager (call 020 7631 8375 for assistance). All longterm ISH residents should register with a doctor (also known as a General Practitioner or GP), either close to their residence or on campus. Please do this soon after you arrive at ISH, rather than waiting until you fall ill. You will need to show the Health Centre your passport or ID card, as well as a letter from ISH or your university confirming your London address.
There are a number of local Health Centres where long-term ISH
residents can register:
Marylebone Health Centre, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT https://marylebonehealthcentre.co.uk/
Fitzrovia Medical Centre, 31 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6EU http://www.fitzroviamedicalcentre.co.uk/ or
Cavendish Health Centre, 53 New Cavendish Street, W1G 9TQ https://cavendishhealth.nhs.uk/
Under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), GP consultations are
normally free of charge for students on courses of more than six months but you
will be charged for any prescribed medications (currently £9.15 per item).
Minor illnesses (colds, flu, headaches etc.) can often be treated with
medication purchased from a pharmacy. Pharmacists are trained to recognise and
advise on a range of common health conditions and will recommend treatment or
refer you to your GP as necessary. See http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/pharmacy/pages/commonconditions.aspx for more information.
Short-term students (in the UK for less than 6 months) should have their own medical insurance as they will not normally be able to register with a GP, but can
consult with pharmacists or access the emergency services.
The NHS also has a series of Walkin Care Centres around London.
The nearest one to ISH is the University College Hospital, at 235 Euston Road
If possible, you should obtain the Measles, Mumps and Rubella
(MMR) and the Meningitis C vaccinations before coming to the UK. If you cannot
get these in your home country, please arrange to be vaccinated as soon as you
have registered with a doctor.
See UKCISA’s useful guide to healthcare in the UK at: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Studying--living-in-the-UK/Health-and-healthcare