The Health Advice Service provides advice and information to students at University of the Arts London (UAL) on registering with a doctor (GP) in the UK and about any other aspect of health and well-being.
Advice is available for students who have questions or concerns about:
- lifestyle (including alcohol, drugs and smoking)
- healthy eating
- physical wellbeing
- infectious diseases
- sexual health
Students usually meet with a health adviser for a one to one appointment at the Student Centre at High Holborn but advice can also be offered by telephone or by email, if it is difficult to attend an appointment.
If you have applied for a course at UAL and would like to speak to a health adviser before it starts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This could be about a pre-existing medical condition, access to specific medication in the UK, if you will be coming from abroad, understanding how the National Health Service (NHS) works, or anything else.
Appointments and enquiries
You can request health advice by completing the Counselling and Health Advice Request Form.
If you know the type of health advice you require you can indicate this, and provide any other relevant information. You will be contacted by email or phone with advice in response to the enquiry, or to set up an appointment.
Telephone enquiries or emails to email@example.com are also welcome.
Registering with a doctor (GP/General Practitioner)
Please register with a GP in London at the beginning of your studies, even if you are already registered elsewhere in the UK. If you have pre-existing health conditions early registration is especially important.
Prompt registration will avoid delays in accessing health care when it is needed the most. Free NHS treatment is accessible to all UK and EU students, and those International students on a full-time course lasting more than 6 months. Prescriptions and dental treatment may need to be paid for.
For students living in UAL halls there is detailed information about the suggested GP surgery nearest to your residence.
The NHS Choices website has a facility to search for GP services. Students can also contact the Health Advisers by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about registering with a GP in London.
Holborn Medical Centre
Urgent medical attention
Finding a dentist
To find your nearest dentist, use the NHS Local Search facility. Click on ‘Dentists’ under ‘Services near you’ and then type in your postcode to bring up a list of local dentists. If you want NHS treatment (rather than Private treatment which is expensive) you must make sure that the dentist you contact is taking new NHS patients. You need to visit the dentist to register and bring your GP details with you, as this proves you are entitled to NHS care.
Opticians can be found in most local areas. They provide sight tests and other optical services, and sell glasses and contact lenses.
Charges for GP prescriptions, dental care and opticians
You have to pay some of the cost towards prescription charges, dental care and optical services but you may be eligible for help towards this under the NHS Low Income scheme.
Visit the NHS website to find out more about the NHS Low Income scheme.
Specific health issues
This section includes information about some specific health issues for students:
Seasonal Influenza ('flu')
Flu is a viral illness, cases of which become more common during the winter months. Check out the NHS advice on Flu.
Measles and mumps
There has been a substantial increase in the numbers of people getting measles and mumps. Students who were not given 2 doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination when they were younger are advised to contact their doctor’s practice.
Meningitis booster vaccinations
All students should have had the MenACWY vaccine to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.
You should check you’ve had this vaccination before coming to UAL. UK students are usually offered this vaccine in year 9 or 10 at school.
If you have missed this vaccination for some reason or if you are an overseas student and your country hasn’t offered it then you can ask your GP to give it to you for free if you are aged 25 years or under. Please get the vaccination before you arrive. If that's not possible you should have it as soon as possible after you arrive - the greatest risk of catching these infections is in the first few weeks