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Registration with a Doctor

If you are a visa national, please see the section below on "Health Care for International Students". Additional information can also be found under the International Students section of this site.

Local Practices

The Gower Street Practice

The Gower Street Practice is situated at 20 Gower Street, WC1E 6DP and is open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Their walk-in clinic for quick or urgent problems is between 10.00am and 11.00am every day.

There is wheelchair access to the ground floor, where there is a consulting room.

Gower Street Practice can register students of SOAS as NHS patients, providing they live in the catchment area. Please contact the surgery for details.

The Bloomsbury Surgery

The Bloomsbury Surgery is situation at 1 Handel Street, WC1N 1PD. Opening hours are 8.30am – 8.00pm Monday and Tuesday, 8.30am – 6.30pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The surgery is fully accessible.

The Bloomsbury Surgery can register students who live in the WC1 postcode area only.

The Bedford Square Practice

The Bedford Square Practice is situated at 60 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QU. Opening hours are 8.00am – 6.30pm (open until 8.15pm on Wednesdays).

Disabled access by prior telephone arrangement and ground floor consulting room.

The Bedford Square Practice can register students of SOAS as NHS patients, providing they live in one of the following London postal districts:  E1, E2, E5, E8, E9, EC1, EC2, N1, N4, N5, N7, N16, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW8, W1, W2, WC1, SW1

What you can expect

The practices offer an appointment system for consultations with a Doctor or a Nurse for routine and non-urgent matters. A full range of travel and routine vaccinations is available by appointment with the Practice Nurse. There will be a charge for some vaccinations. The practices can also register any female patient for contraception, which remains free of charge.

In addition to normal GP services, the practices may be able to offer access to counselling services.

All consultations are confidential.

Further Information

Information about other GP practices can be found at www.nhs.uk

Health Care for International Students

International students who are coming to the UK for a course lasting six months or longer are entitled to full NHS care including hospital treatment from the commencement of their stay. You will need to provide the Surgery with an official Student Status letter when you register.

For international students who are here for less than six months the situation is more complex. Hospital services will incur a charge, except emergency health care within an accident and emergency department. All other hospital treatment will incur full medical charges, except where there are reciprocal arrangements with the UK and the student’s country of origin. Students may wish to arrange appropriate health and accident insurance to cover such costs.

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