Health services

You are entitled to NHS (National Health Service) care. This includes free access to all doctors, nurses, hospital treatments and medications. You will not be asked for payment.

Register with a doctor

You should register with a local doctor (within the postcode area of your term-time home) who will be responsible for your medical care whilst at the University. This does not mean the relationship with your home doctor is broken. You may still consult them whilst at home.

Please note: you may have great difficulty in getting medical attention if you are not registered, especially if an emergency arises in the middle of the night.

Find your local GP Surgery.

How to register with a local doctor

At a doctor's practice

Take your medical card with you. If you can not find this you will be given a form to complete at the practice.

Students living in University accommodation

You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in Glasgow. You can view more information on how to register with a doctor on the UofGLiving site

Students living in private accommodation

Lists of General Practitioners are available in main post offices and public libraries. Contact your chosen practice to ask if you will be able to register with them. The staff at the practice will then advise you accordingly.

Overseas students

If you have not previously been registered with an NHS doctor and do not have an NHS medical card, you should inform the General Practitioner (GP) you are registering with.

Medical certificates

In most situations, you should self-certify for any sickness absence of less than one week.

Register with a dentist

Find your nearest Dentist. 

Please note: some dental practices require the HC1 form from students (phone the practice to get more information).

Dental emergency

If you are not yet registered with a dentist you can contact the Dental Hospital for an emergency appointment. However, they will only accept you if it is an emergency.

  • Patients unregistered with a dentist (daytime contact): +44 (0) 141 232 6323
  • Out of hours treatment (via referral from NHS24): 08454 24 24 24

Vaccinations

Men ACWY vaccination

This is a vaccination programme to protect you against Meningitis.

You may have been called to have this vaccination prior to attending University and if so, you don’t need take any further action.

If you have not been vaccinated, the vaccine is available through your local medical practice. We strongly encourages you to take up the offer of vaccination.

Flu vaccination

You may be eligible for flu vaccination under the NHS. Flu vaccination is available by payment through most local pharmacists. 

MMR Vaccination

If you suspect you might be infected with Mumps, you should not attend lectures and should seek medical advice to confirm the diagnosis.

Please ensure that you have had two MMR vaccinations. The MMR vaccination is available free of charge at your local medical practice.

NHS Services

NHS Student Health

Get access to the care and services you need quickly and safely.

Find out more about NHS student health.

NHS 24

Help Line

Self-care advice for people in Scotland. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Telephone: 08454 24 24 24

Browse for the nearest Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacies, Sexual Health Clinics and Travel Clinics in the area.

NHS Choices

A comprehensive health information service with articles, videos and interactive tools.

Access NHS health information.

NHS Health A-Z

Information directory on more than 800 health conditions and treatments which can be searched by A-Z or body map.

Access NHS information directory.

NHS Hospitals

NHS Inform

Quality assured health and care information for people based in Scotland.

Find out more about NHS Inform.

NHS Living Life

A telephone support service based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. Call Monday to Friday 1300 - 2100 to make an appointment.

  • Telephone: 0800 328 96 55

NHS Support Services directory

A directory of the Scottish Support Services. Browse for local and national organisations.

Access NHS Support Services directory.

Other external support

Breathing Space

Free and confidential phone and web-based service for any individual experiencing low mood or depression.

Health Rights Information Scotland

Information about health services in Scotland. Many of the resources on this website are offered in alternative formats and translations.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Sexual Health Service

Find information on sexual health, and book sexual health services including STI testing, at the Sandyford Initiative. 

If you have experienced sexual assault, you can access medical assistance from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Archway). This is open 24 hours a day to anyone in the Glasgow area who has been sexually assaulted. Archway offers a variety of services and supports, you can self-refer by phone on 0800 148 88 88. If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment, you can also contact a University First Responder for further guidance and support.

Information about sexual health and wellbeing from Sexual Health Scotland.

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland provides crisis support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.