Registering with a doctor and knowing where to go if you feel unwell should be one of the first things you organise when you come to University, so find out how to register with a GP and other useful information on healthcare.

If you need to find a doctor in the local area then you can contact the Barclay Medical Centre. You can also search for your local doctor or dentist at NHS 24.

If you are worried about your health you might want to chat to your GP, or the Student Counselling and Advisory Service.

If there is a chance that ill health might affect your coursework or preparation for an exam, you should talk to your Adviser of Studies or supervisor as soon as you can so that reasonable allowances can be made, for example extension of a deadline or deferment of an exam. If at all possible, don’t wait until after the exam or deadline has passed.

You should also ensure any absences or instances of “good cause” are recorded in your MyCampus so the University can consider these when calculating your grades. The University’s Calendar defines “good cause” as meaning

“illness or other adverse personal circumstances affecting a candidate and resulting in either:

i) the candidate’s failure to attend an examination, or submit coursework at or by the due time or otherwise satisfy the requirements of the scheme of assessment appropriate to his or her programme of studies; or,
ii) the candidate’s performance in examination or other instrument of assessment being manifestly prejudiced.

A chronic medical condition shall not itself be considered a good cause, although a short term exacerbation of such a condition might be so judged.”

If you’re unsure if you should be recording something as “good cause” you can check with your Adviser of Studies/Supervisor or speak with the SRC Advice Centre.

Prescription Charges

Prescription charges in Scotland have been abolished, with effect from 1 April 2011. Dental checks and sight tests are also free for everyone on the NHS.

If you are 19 years old or over, you are more than likely still paying for glasses and other dental treatment. However, you can apply for help with these costs under the low income scheme. To do this you need to fill in a form called an HC1. You can pick up one of these forms at the SRC Advice Centre in the John McIntyre Building. Some GPs, opticians and dentists stock the forms as well.

Once you have sent away the completed form, the Prescription Pricing Authority determines whether you can afford to pay towards the cost of your treatment, and if so, how much. If you are eligible for help, you receive a certificate. You need to reapply for this every year.

You can get more information about help with health costs by phoning the helpline on 0845 850 1166.