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Registering with a doctor (GP)

It is very important for you to register with a GP (general practitioner) while you study at UCL so that you can get medical care if you need it.

Registering with a doctor (a GP, or general practitioner) is very important to ensure you can access the right health care when you need it.

GPs are based in surgeries (also called practices) and they will be your first point of contact for most physical and mental health concerns.

If you're an international student, registering with a GP should be one of the first things you do after arriving in the UK.

If you're a UK student on campus and are already registered with a GP in another part of the country, we recommend that you swap your registration to a GP near you in London, to make it easier to access health care. If you go home during the holidays, you should still be able to make an appointment at your local GP surgery, where you will be seen as a temporary patient.  

How to find a GP surgery

The NHS provide a helpful search tool, which will allow you to find a GP surgery near you. Simply use your postcode to see the closest options.

Use the NHS GP finder tool.

How to choose the right GP surgery for you

Usually, choosing a GP surgery close to where you live is the best option.

If there are several GP surgeries nearby, you may want to base your decision on reviews from other patients online. You could also speak to other students to find out about their experiences with a particular surgery. 

In most cases, the services provided by a GP surgery are the same or very similar, but if you need more specialist support like physiotherapy on a regular basis, you may want to select a GP surgery that offers this. You can find more information about the services provided by a GP surgery on their website.

GPs near UCL's main Bloomsbury campus

There are a number of GP surgeries near UCL's main Bloomsbury campus, where most students are based. The following surgeries are all within one mile of UCL: