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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.

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We strongly recommend that you register with a GP (general practitioner, a generalist doctor) within the first few weeks of beginning your programme. This will help ensure your GP can process your registration in good time, allowing you to access health care early on if needed.

How to register with a GP

If you live in central or north London, you will likely fall 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.

You can find more information on the Ridgmount Practice website and start your student patient registration online. You will then need to visit Ridgmount Practice to complete registration, taking your student ID card and your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit), if applicable. 

If you live outside Ridgmount Practice’s catchment area, you can search for an NHS general practice near you on the NHS website, and you will need to contact them to find out how to register.

Find your nearest GP practice.

A letter from Ridgmount Practice

Dear Student,

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.

Fill in the Ridgmount Practice online registration form here.

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.

Immunisations

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.

Meningitis - 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.  

MMR - 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

Ridgmount Practice extended opening hours for students starting September 2019

To help more new students register, Ridgmount Practice will be open for extended hours over the first few weeks of term in September and October 2019. Their extended opening hours are as follows:

Monday 16 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday 17 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 18 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 19 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Friday 20 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 3pm
Saturday 21 September10am to 4pm
Monday 23 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Tuesday 24 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Wednesday 25 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Thursday 26 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Friday 27 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 3pm
Monday 30 September9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Tuesday 1 October9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Wednesday 2 October9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 3 October9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
Friday 4 October9am to 11am, 2pm to 3pm

Standard opening hours of 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm (Monday to Friday) will resume from Monday 7 October.

New students should have started the registration process online before attending the Practice during one of the time slots above.

International students

Additional health care information for non-UK students is available on the International Student Support website.