The team at the ELC have provided the following advice about heath care whilst you are studying in the UK:
If you are going to be enrolled on a course of study for less than 6 months, we recommend that you seek out private medical insurance before you arrive in the UK and then to speak to a GP about how to become a private patient once you arrive.
If you are going to be enrolled on a course of study for more than 6 months and you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) when you made your visa application, you are able to use the NHS for free whilst you are studying at the ELC. For more information about the IHS, please click here. Please note, if you do not pay the Immigration Health Surcharge at the application stage, you will have to pay for any medical treatment you receive.
We recommend that you register with a GP as soon as possible when you arrive. Do not wait until you are ill as you have to wait 24 hours after you have registered before you can book an appointment to see a Doctor.
The University has a Student Health Centre which is on the University campus (502 on your campus map). Access includes a same day appointments service, email and telephone consultations and booked appointments. You can register online. Alternatively, you can register with a doctor close to your accommodation. You can search for a doctor here.
If you are ill before you have registered with a GP, you are able to access the Walk In Centres for free, regardless of the length of your visa. You do not have to register or book an appointment.
The nearest Walk In Centre to the ELC is 6 David Lewis St, Liverpool L1 4AP.
Please see the UKCISA website for further information.
Also, if you haven't done so already, it is time to get vaccinated!
Once you start you will be mixing with hundreds of people in your Halls, this means that viruses can spread quickly.
Therefore, students under the age of 25 who have not been vaccinated, are advised to book their free meningitis vaccination (MenACWY) before starting university, or to register with a doctor in the first week of term and book an appointment.
This applies to everyone going to university for the first time, including overseas and mature students.
Meningitis – know the facts
- Meningitis is an infection of the meninges - the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord
- Meningococcal bacteria are common and carried harmlessly in the nose or throat by about one in 10 people
- They are passed on through close contact
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Drowsiness, difficult to wake up
- Irritability and/or confusion
- Dislike of bright lights
- Severe headache or muscle pains
- Pale, blotchy skin with or without a rash
- Stiff neck
If you're unsure whether you've already been vaccinated you should be able to check with your family doctor before you come to Liverpool.