Information for UK students

Do I need to register with a local doctor?
Illness can affect any one of us at any time. For this reason you are
advised to register with a local doctor/General Practitioner (GP).
Doctors, nurses and administrative staff at the Victoria Park Health
Centre have expertise in ‘student health’ and they work closely with
the University to support students at times of ill health.

How do I find out about local doctors?
Information about the Victoria Park Health Centre and how to register
can be found on their website
The Victoria Park Health Centre usually have registration sessions
during the first week of the academic year on campus. It is advisable
to register during your first week. However if this is not possible,
registration can be done at any time.
Victoria Park Health Centre will register students and staff living
locally. 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 with a local doctor / health centre you will be sent a new
NHS card. This is proof that you are registered for NHS treatment.
If you have not received the card within two months of registering,
contact the health centre who will advise what you should do. The
card will be sent to the address you provided so it is essential that you
notify the health centre if your address changes.

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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