It is very important you are registered with a GP (general practitioner) while you study at UCL so that you can get medical care if you need it.
It is vitally important that all students register with a GP (General Practitioner - a generalist doctor) within the first few weeks of beginning your programme.
Registering as soon as you arrive will help ensure your GP can process your registration in good time, allowing you to access health care early on if needed.
Your GP should always be your first point of contact for all health concerns (physical health or mental health) throughout your time at UCL.
How to register with Ridgmount Practice
If you live in London, it is likely you will live within the catchment area for Ridgmount Practice, UCL’s partner health clinic, and should be able to register there.
Ridgmount Practice provides general health care, a contraceptive service and a full nursing service. Your GP practice is your first point of call for most medical problems.
When you visit Ridgmount Practice please bring your UCL student ID card and your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit), if applicable.
A letter from Ridgmount Practice
Welcome to UCL, and we hope you will have an enjoyable and healthy time at UCL.
We recommend that you register with a NHS General Practice (GP) in London while you are a student at UCL within 2 weeks of arrival to make sure that you can access health care easily if you need it.
If you’re unfamiliar with the UK health system, a GP is a generalist doctor based in a ‘surgery’ or ‘practice’, who can see patients for any physical or mental health concerns. Your GP should be your first port of call for health issues.
Ridgmount Practice is UCL’s partner GP surgery and a short walk from campus. When you move into a hall of residence or private accommodation for university, you don’t automatically get assigned to a new GP practice, so you won’t have access to most health care services until you register.
How can I register with Ridgmount Practice?
If you are a UCL student and live within our catchment area in central or north London you are eligible to register, you will first need to complete a registration form online.
Once you have completed this, please come for a face-to-face consultation with a nurse or GP. Please bring your UCL student ID card and proof of address (such as a bank statement or your Statement of Student Status letter that you’ll be given at enrolment).
What if I live outside the catchment area or chose another GP?
We recommend that you register with a GP close to where you live. Use this website from the NHS to find your closest GP surgery.
We recommend that you have the following immunisations before coming to UCL. If you have not had them, we can provide them. It is best if this happens within the first 2 weeks of term.
All first-year undergraduates (freshers) should have a Meningitis ACWY vaccination if they are under 25 and have not received it before. Other students under 25 should also have it if they have not had a meningitis immunisation before.
This vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). Before starting higher education, students should have 2 doses.
The medical details you provide are confidential. They will not be available to departments in UCL.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any health concerns during your time at UCL.
- Dr Claire Elliott and Dr Mark Barrett
How to register with another GP surgery
If you live further away from campus – and therefore outside the catchment area of Ridgmount Practice – you can search for an NHS GP surgery near you on the NHS website. You should contact your closest GP surgery directly or look on their website to find out how to register.
Additional health care information for non-UK students is available on the International Student Support website.
Babylon GP at Hand
Babylon GP at Hand is a service run with the NHS, which allows you to have video appointments with a GP on your phone. For face-to-face appointments, Babylon GP at Hand has 7 clinics in London for you to visit.
Babylon GP at Hand allows all students studying in London to use its service.
Please note that you cannot register at two separate GPs; therefore, you will have to choose either Babylon GP at Hand or a traditional GP like Ridgmount Practice.
All adults in the UK aged 18 or over have now been offered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To access the vaccine, registration with a GP surgery is encouraged. UCL students living in or around the Bloomsbury area are strongly encouraged to register at Ridgmount Practice (UCL's partner GP surgery).
The NHS has published a comprehensive set of FAQs for university students. These include questions about the following and more:
- how to get a vaccine if you're not registered with a GP
- what to do if you're in a different location from where you are registered with a GP
- what to do if you're an international student who has had the first dose of a vaccine not available in the UK
Ridgmount Practice service provision
Ridgmount Practice (UCL's partner GP surgery) is offering online, video and phone consultations as well as face to face appointments. Please get in contact with the surgery to discuss your consultation options before attending in person. This will help prevent possible transmission of COVID within the NHS.
Accessing NHS services
In order to access NHS services, you will need your own UK phone number, so make sure to get one when you arrive. You need a UK mobile number to:
- call 111 - for urgent medical problems;
- call 119 - for COVID-19 vaccination advice and general COVID-19 enquiries;
- access the COVID-19 vaccination offers and appointment reminders.
Do not use a friend or flatmate’s mobile number, otherwise you won't be able to receive advice directly from your doctor.