The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state health service which provides treatment for UK residents through a wide range of health care services. Some of these services are free of charge and some you have to pay for. The NHS provides primary care through doctor’s surgeries and walk-in centres and secondary care through specialists usually based at a hospital. Most hospitals (not all) have Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E Departments) which are open 24 hours a day and deal with patients needing emergency hospital treatment.
If your course is less than 6 months long then you can access primary care through a GP either as an NHS patient or a private fee paying patient. It is important to check eligibility before arriving in the UK. Private health care can be extremely expensive therefore it is very important to arrange medical insurance before coming to the UK.
It is also important to bring medication for a pre-existing condition with you to the UK. You should bring enough medication to last the duration of your course, if necessary. This will help you to avoid potentially high medical bills that you may be subject to as a student on a short course.
For further information about the NHS service, including registering with a GP and eligibility, please refer to Heathcare - A Guide for International Students available below.
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