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Healthcare Entitlement when Studying in the UK

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UK, EU and international students studying in Scotland are entitled to full access to the National Health Service (the NHS). In order to access services you should register with a doctor as soon as possible. Please note that if you are staying in Scotland for less than 3 months you should register as a Temporary Resident (TR). Students from Scotland must also register with a local doctor if they are living away from home.

Usually GSA students register with Dr Graham Love at the Woodside Health Centre, Barr Street, Glasgow G20 7LR.

Further information on the practice and the services offered are available from Student Welfare and the Practice website.

Although most NHS treatment is free, there are some charges for dental treatment, prescriptions, sight tests etc. As a student you are entitled to help with these costs, but you must fill in a HC1 form. These are available from Student Welfare, or your doctor/dentist.

The following websites provide more information on how to access the national health Service: 

If you feel ill or you are concerned about someone else you shouldn't hesitate to get medical help.

For an appointment with a doctor - you should contact:

Your GP - this is likely to be Dr Love at Woodside Health Centre, Barr Street, Glasgow. Tel 0141 531 9560 (week days 9am-4pm)

For Out of Hours attention and Emergencies ccontact NHS 24 - Tel. 08454 24 24 24

NHS 24 is a national telephone based service offering assistance with general health advice, 24 hours a day.

In the event of an emergency dial 999 and request an ambulance.


Woodside Health Centre also offers a dental practise. Please note that you must be registered with a doctor before you can be registered with a dentist. Dentists often offer NHS and private dental treatments so to minimise costs ensure you are being treated as an NHS patient.


If you would like your eyesight tested ask your doctor (eye tests are free for those in full-time education). There are also a number of opticians on the high street such as Boots opticians, Vision Express, Specsavers, D&A etc. They will all offer you an eye test, and there are often deals such a free or half price eye tests. If you need spectacles they will be supplied by the optician. The cost will depend on the type of lenses and the frame that you choose.

Important Meningitis Vaccine Information for New Students 

Meningococcal infection can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

New students who are enrolling on a programme of study at the Glasgow School of Art and who come from outside of Scotland, are recommended to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine prior to coming to Scotland.  This vaccine protects against the most common strains of the disease.

Scottish students should have received the meningitis vaccine at High School and do not require a second meningitis vaccine when they start Higher Education.

If you are a new student who has not already recievd the vaccine and are unable to have the vaccine prior to coming to Scotland, it is important that you email and request advice from GSA’s Student Welfare Advisers.

The following links takes you to more information about meningitis and the vaccine.