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National Health Service

All UK residents are entitled to use the National Health Service free of charge. If you are an overseas student studying in the UK for six months or more, you will have the same entitlement as any other resident.

You should register with a general practitioner (GP) as soon as you can. If you will be living in Kingston, you may want to register at the Fairhill Medical Practice (the Health Centre) on the University's Penrhyn Road campus. Alternatively, visit the NHS Choices website for a list of other local GPs.

Fairhill Medical Practice

Fairhill Medical Practice provides on-site GP services during term time and at local branch surgeries during vacations. Services include medical and nursing consultations, contraceptive advice, smoking cessation, vaccinations and 48-hour prescriptions.

To register with the Fairhill Medical Practice, you need to live in a Kingston University halls of residence or within the regular NHS catchment area in accordance with NHS policy (check this with Fairhill Medical Practice or on the NHS Choices website).

Visit the Fairhill Medical Practice website.

Sexual health clinic

Students will be able to book appointments with us for a sexual health screening. 


Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): the number of measles cases in England is rising; to reduce the risk of outbreaks, the Department of Health recommends that students coming to University have two doses of the MMR vaccine.

If possible, you should bring details of when you had any MMR immunisations when you enrol at the University. If you have not had two doses of MMR, please discuss this with your GP. You'll also be able to discuss it with someone from the Health Centre when you arrive so don't worry if you are not sure what you need.

For more information, download the NHS Measles leaflet (PDF).

Meningitis and Septicaemia: If you left school or college in the UK this summer, you should already have been offered the meningococcal C vaccine. If so, you do not need another dose.

If you have not already been offered the vaccine, please talk to your GP about it before you start University (or as soon as possible afterwards). You'll also be able to discuss this with someone from the Health Centre when you arrive so don't worry if you are not sure what you need.

For more information, visit visit Men ACWY vaccine or download the NHS meningitis leaflet (PDF).

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