When you aren’t feeling well while your’re studying at UIC, you should know that in the UK there are different types of medical care for you to choose from. You can always register with a GP surgery (General Practitioner = doctor) close to where you live but very often you need to arrange an appointment before going there.
If you don’t plan to stay in the UK for a long time, the following medical services might be a better option for you. You can go there without having booked an appointment and they try to help you instantly.
NHS Walk-in Centre – to receive quick care from nurses
If you decide to go to a NHS Walk-in Centre, you don’t need an appointment and you can go anytime within the opening hours. Also it is not necessary for you to be registered with a local GP. If you are not an UK resident, there may be a charge before you are seen. European visitors must bring EHIC card or alternative otherwise they will be charged.
Be aware that you cannot discuss your health problems with a doctor! Instead you will be able to speak to nurse practitioners who can provide treatment and care of your health problem. They can also give you advice on a range of minor illnesses, such as:
* stomach ache and indigestions (constipation, vomiting, diarrhoea),
* cold and coughs symptoms (headaches, ear problems, sore throat)
* minor cuts and wounds, skin complaints (rashes, sunburn, head lice)
* minor burns and scalds, muscle and joint injuries (sprains and strains)
* minor head injuries, chest problems and abdominal pain, insect and animal bites, hay fever, minor eye injuries, injuries to the back and shoulder or emergency contraception
Monday to Friday 08.00 – 20.00
Saturday, Sunday & Bank holidays 10.00 – 20.00
Closest location to school (UIC):
Soho Centre for Health & Care
1 Frith Street (off Soho Square)
London W1D 3HZ
Tel: 020 7534 6500
Nearest Underground Station:
Tottenham Court Road
Medicentre in Central London – to get medical advice from a doctor
All Medicentres offer a “Walk-In” service which means that you can go there anytime within the opening hours without having made an appointment. They try to keep the waiting time to a minimum; however you should always bring some spare time.
You can go to a General Medical Medicentre when you feel that there is something wrong with your body and you need a checkup from a GP or a nurse. They are equipped to help you with most conditions. In case there is a serious need for you to see a more specialised doctor, they give you appropriate advice and make referrals of where else to go.
A Medicentre also offers a wide range of non-emergency services, such as a blood or allergy test, a hepatitis vaccine when you want to travel to other countries, physiotherapy or acupuncture etc.
There are 10 Medicentres located in Central London. Please find more locations here: http://www.medicentre.co.uk/Medicentre_clinic_details.html
All Medicentres are open from 8.00 until 18.00 during the week; the Medicentres at Victoria Station and Paddington Station are also open at weekends.
Closest location to school (UIC):
120 Oxford Street
London W1D 1LT
Tel: 020 7637 7883
Nearest Underground Station: Oxford Circus
And never forget:
When you go to any of these medical services on a day that you are supposed to be at school, please ask the GP or nurse for a doctor’s note confirming your visit and illness, so you won’t be marked as absent for that day from the Student Services Officer at UIC Reception.