During your studies at Nottingham, you may need to use the health service should you require advice or treatment from a doctor.
If you’re in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, this covers the costs of NHS treatment, but you will have to pay for medicine prescriptions, over the counter medicine in chemists and dental charges. Find out more about health care services.
Find out more about the NHS
Nationals from Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA) coming to the UK in 2020 are entitled to free NHS treatment. If you are staying less than six months, you should carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to enable you to register for NHS services. For stays of longer than six months, you should also obtain an EHIC.
We recommend that you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible when you are in the OK, and no later than Jaune 2021, so that you can your preserve your rights to access healthcare in the UK, as well as other immigration permissions.
Any Tier 4 student and dependants (if applicable) who are making a new visa application, either in the UK or overseas, must pay the NHS surcharge or Immigration Health Surcharge.
For students, the fee is £300 per year and the same for any dependant family members. The total amount will be calculated as part of the online application process and the whole amount will be payable upfront.
Medical insurance is also needed to pay for health-related costs such as travel costs of returning home due to being unwell or inability to complete your studies.
If you are on a course lasting less than six months and from outside the EEA, we advise you to secure private medical insurance before you travel since any hospital treatment will be charged.
Exceptions to this are emergency and urgent care services, mental health, and sexual health services. For community-based health care 'temporary resident' registration with a doctor will give you access to a family doctor and associated services.
The University of Nottingham Health Service is conveniently situated in Cripps Health Centre on University Park Campus. View their information for international students.
The practice specialises in looking after students and staff at the University and their families. In the building there is also a dental practice and pharmacy.
The centre is fully accessible for patients with disabilities. There is a ramp access to the main door and a lift to the first floor.
If you are studying at Sutton Bonington you can register at the Orchard Surgery (Kegworth and Gotham) instead.
Register with the health service
You will be offered vaccinations when you come to study at the University of Nottingham. The vaccinations offered are ones that are recommended for students entering University. This information is available in other languages (pdf).
A safe and effective MMR vaccine protects against three separate diseases – measles, mumps and rubella (rubella) – in one injection. A full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses. Measles, mumps and rubella are highly contagious and can be serious, potentially fatal. Complications, including meningitis, brain swelling (encephalitis) and deafness.
ACWY meningitis vaccines provide protection against four types of bacteria that can cause meningitis – Meningococcus group A, C, W and Y. Students coming to university for the first time are advised to receive a vaccination.
These vaccinations should be arranged before leaving your home country wherever possible. You should also bring a record of your vaccinations to the UK with you. Nationals from some countries coming to the UK for more than six months will have to produce a certificate showing that they are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB) before a visa application will be considered.
Some medicines available elsewhere in the world may not be available in the UK, or may be more controlled than elsewhere. If you have an ongoing medical condition, you should bring at least a three month supply to the UK. You should also contact the University of Nottingham Health Service shortly after your arrival to discuss obtaining further supplies of your medication.
Use our Welcome Kit for International Students to find out more about the halthcare and support services available.
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