Register with a Doctor
All students must register with a doctor in their local
area. You are strongly advised to do this as soon as possible after
You are required to register with a local doctor for the duration of
your studies if you live on campus or in the local surrounding area.
We advise you to register as soon as possible after your arrival, in
case you should suddenly need medical treatment. If you wait until
you become ill, then you may be disadvantaged both because your
medical records will not have been transferred from your previous
doctor and because you may be treated as a private patient and
charged a call-out fee.
Paying for Prescriptions, Opticians and Dental Treatment
As a student you may be entitled to full or partial exemption (on
the grounds of low income) from prescription, dental and optical
information and information for International Students.
Students from overseas
If you are an International student on a course that lasts less than
six months you will be treated as a private patient. International
students on courses lasting six months or more
and EEA students should be treated under
the NHS, this includes your dependants.
Illness and University
If you are ill and unable to attend University, please
report your absence.
If you are unwell during your course and this is likely to have a
detrimental effect on your work or ability to complete your work in
time, or if you wish the reason for your absence to be kept
contact Student Support, as we can help with personal mitigating
circumstances, extensions etc.
Where to register
The Health Centre
Health Centre, next to Greenwood House, behind Rayleigh Tower,
Telephone: 01206 794484 (ext 3699 if dialling internally)
E-mail: hcentre (Non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create
full e-mail address)
Find a local NHS doctor
NHS Walk in Centre
North Colchester Health Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex CO4
Telephone: 01206 314015
Opening Hours: 7am-10pm every day
NHS Walk-in Centre
Contact details of local GPs are available from
Student Support on the ground floor at Hatfields.
find a local NHS doctor
Pier Medical Centre
Location: first floor of The Gateway Building
Pier Medical Centre, First Floor Health Suite, University of Essex (Southend
Campus), Luker Road
Telephone: 01702 328383
NHS Walk in Centre
St Luke's Health Centre, Pantile Avenue, Southend-On-Sea
Telephone: 01702 611505
NHS Walk-in Centre open every day from 8am to 8pm, including all
Our Walk-in facility offers a range of services including health
information and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and
injuries without having to make an appointment.
Emergencies and out of hours
If you need medical advice outside of surgery opening hours please
ring NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit