You may not know this, but if you grew up in the UK you’ve
always been registered with a doctor somewhere, if you’re living
at home, you’re probably registered with the same surgery as
Your registered doctor has the responsibility of looking after
your health, they’ve got the notes of all you immunisations,
illnesses, and health problems you’ve ever had.
So WHY do I need to Register with a doctor at university?
Now that you’re leaving home your old surgery can’t be
responsible for your health any more, so you need to find a new
doctor, close to where you’ll be living, to take
responsibility for your health.
Most Universities have a GP practice or health centre where they
want their students to register so that the students will be
looked after. University Health Centres are experts at dealing
with the kinds of problems and issues that students have, from
sexual health services to dealing with exam stress.
What’s the advantage of registering right away?
Registering early ensures the University Health Centre knows
about you before you arrive, and can set you up on their
systems. It also means that your full notes get transferred
early to the University practice, so they have a full knowledge
of your medical history. They will be able to take over the
prescribing of any medication that you’re on, and be aware of
any current medical issues. Having your notes will also let the
health centre know any further immunisations you might need.
And also, registering right now means you won’t get hassled to
register in freshers week.
Why don’t I just wait until I get ill then I’ll go round
You can do, but the health centre won’t know you from Adam.
You’ll still have to register before you’re seen, and even then,
the doctor seeing you won’t have your notes and details of your
medical history, so that could stop her providing you with
certain drugs and treatments.
Is registration difficult, can I register right now?
And that’s where CampusDoctor comes in. We can direct you to
the appropriate medical centre for your university, and for
participating Universities, we can provide you with an easy to
complete on line registration form. The form takes minutes to
complete, and that’s the whole process sorted.
The form is quick to complete The form will be
using easy drop down lists for
your university first year accommodation (if applicable)
You can fill it in from computer, tablet or mobile
The form is self checking
Oh, and can I see my old doctor in the holidays?
Yes you can always go and see your old doctor as a “temporary
resident” this means that you can get treatment, but your notes
and registration stays with the new university doctor.