Information for UK students

Do I need to register with a local doctor?
Illness can affect anyone at any time. For this reason you are 
advised to register with a General Practitioner (GP). The nearest GPs are

at Victoria Park Health which has expertise in student health.

How do I find out about local doctors?
Information about Victoria Park Health Centre and how to register
can be found on their website
They usually have registration sessions on campus during the first
week of the academic year on campus, and you are advised
to register then. However if this is not possible, you can register
by going to the health centre at any other time. They will register
people who live locally or in University Halls, both in the City and
Oadby. Information about other health centres can be found at

What if I am already registered with a doctor

If you are currently registered with a doctor elsewhere, the University
recommends that you transfer to the Victoria Park Health Centre whilst
you are a student at the University of Leicester so that the doctors have
access to your medical history and are then better equipped to help
you. If you are currently registered with a doctor in Leicestershire and
continue to live in their catchment area there is no need to transfer.


What if I need health care whilst away from Leicester?
If you are elsewhere during vacation and in need of medical help, you
can register there as a temporary resident at the time. If or when you
move away from Leicester, possibly after completing your course you
should register again with a health centre in the area you move to.
It should be possible to re-register with your original health centre if
you return to your home town/area.

What information do I need to register with a local doctor?
When you register, the health centre will require your address in
Leicester and details of the doctor you are currently registered with.
If you have it, take along your current NHS card. Once you have
registered, you will be sent a new NHS card which shows that you
are entitled to use NHS services.


Will I have to pay to register?

• Registration is free
• You can only be registered with one doctor/health centre at any time


Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
DSA helps to pay for the extra costs associated with studying which
may be incurred by students as a direct result of their disability or
long term condition. For example, students may have a specific
learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, a mobility impairment, a sensory
impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, AD(H)D, a mental health
difficulty, or be dealing with the impact of a long term condition
or illness. DSA can help to pay for support in the form of Specialist
Mentoring for students with mental health difficulties or conditions
on the autistic spectrum, and/or one to one study skills support for
students who have a specific learning difficulty or conditions on the
autistic spectrum. DSA may also fund equipment, assistive software,
and travel costs. The allowance is neither means tested nor repayable.
There is a detailed application process, for more information and
assistance with DSA applications go to:

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