Your Health & the National Health Service
Your local Doctors' surgery (or GP practice) provides
a wide range of health services, including:
If your condition is not urgent, you can expect to see
a doctor within two or three working days or a health
professional such as a nurse within one working day. If
you don't need an appointment within two working days,
you can also book in advance if this is more convenient
for you. If you make an appointment it is important not
to miss it, and you should notify the surgery if you have
to cancel or change it.
You will only be able to register with a GP (Medical Doctor)
as an NHS patient if you are booked to study for one year
or longer. If you are staying less than 12 months and
do not have medical insurance the cost of a consultation
could be £30.00 to £50.00 for 10/15 minutes.
Some GP’s prefer you to register when you arrive
in the UK and some prefer you to register only when an
appointment is needed. Ask your host family to find out
for you. You should go to the host family GP unless you
are in private accommodation, in which case you should
select a surgery near to where you are staying. (See list
of Doctors & Dentists below).
Treatment & Costs
Each Doctors’ Surgery is managed independently and
has its own fee structure. If you are sick with a fever,
headache, stomach ache, cold, cough, flu or have a skin
allergy, you can get advice from the pharmacist at a chemist
for non-prescription medication. Supermarkets and chemists
(eg Boots) also sell their own brand medication, which
may be cheaper than the more expensive marketed brands.
If a prescription is issued by the GP, each medication
will cost £6.50 at a chemist. You should not go
straight to a hospital unless it is an emergency. You
should take proof of your enrolment on a course of study
with you when registering with a GP and if possible when
There are NHS dentists and private dentists.
It may not be easy to find an NHS dentist, in which case
you will need to go to a private dentist.
There are now three standard charges for all NHS dental
treatment. This makes it easier to know how much you may
need to pay and also helps ensure that you are being charged
for NHS care (rather than private care).
The maximum charge for a complex course of treatment has
been reduced from £384 to £189. Most courses
of treatment cost £15.50 or £42.40.
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