Health Services in UK
New Student Guidance 2020
GP – General Practitioners
1. What is GP?
Unlike Indonesia, the UK has a different healthcare system. All residents (including students and dependants) are encouraged to sign up to a GP, which treats common medical conditions and can refer patients to hospitals, consultants, etc. GP is your first point of contact for those with physical or mental health problem. The NHS provides discounted medications (free for under 18s) and free consultations for tax payers or IHS payers (which you have paid during visa application process).
2. How do I register to one?
If you are a student with INTO Manchester, upon registration with the college, you are automatically signed up to a private GP. More information can be obtained from the reception counter at INTO Manchester
If you are a university student (as well as for your dependants), you need to register to a GP. A form, known as GMS1 registration form is available at the practice or gov.uk needs to be completed and returned to the GP. It is crucial that you have your medical records, proof of address and identification at hand to ease the process.
NB: During welcome and orientation week (September), the University of Manchester assists registration process by having GP stalls in the Main Campus to allow you to register on the spot.
3. Which GP practitioner should I choose?
Most people choose their GP based on the location of the GP. A list of GP (Manchester) and their location is available on https://www.nhs.uk/Services/Trusts/GPs/DefaultView.aspx?id=127732. If you have special needs, please consult to the individual GP practitioner.
4. How to book a consultation?
To book a consultation with your GP, it is advised to give them a call. Based on the severity of your condition, the GP will book your visit. If it is an emergency, call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, 111 for a non-life-threatening emergencies or 112 for an ambulance.
Another possible way is booking in person (walk-in). This does not guarantee you a consultation on the same day.
5. How do I change my GP?
No need to worry, this is a simple process! All you need to do is visit the GP you want to join and fill in the registration form. They will then request for your medical records from your previous GP.
A&E – Accident and Emergency Services
1. What is the A&E?
This service is available for emergencies, such as breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, etc. This service can be accessed by going to the respective hospital or calling 999. The closest A&E services to the city centre are provided by Manchester Royal Infirmary and St Mary’s Hospital. To find your nearest A&E, please open the link below
2. What do I do after arriving to the hospital?
A doctor or nurse will assess your condition upon your arrival, based on how busy it is. They will then decide on further action, which might involve further treatment, admission to the hospital, or a follow up treatment.
1. Is this a free service?
Unless you are under 18 years old, the dental service is not free. NHS provides a consultation and treatment at discounted rate. It is important to check with your dentist whether they are an NHS dentist.
2. How do I register to one?
The process is similar to GP registration. You can either give them a call or visit them, fill the registration form and you are good to go!
Current Affairs: Corona virus (COVID-19)
Novel corona virus (COVID-19) is a new strain of corona virus first identified in Wuhan, China. Based on the increasing number of cases worldwide, UK has raised the risk to the UK to moderate. Generally, corona virus can cause more severe symptoms in older people, people with weakened immune system and long term conditions.
The symptoms include cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. Please note that these symptoms are similar to other common illnesses, such as common cold and flu.
2. How to avoid catching or spreading corona virus?
Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds
Wash your hands after touching objects in public areas
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze; place the tissue in the bin straight away and wash your hands
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
3. What to do if you think you have corona virus?
Call 111 which will give you advise on what to do
DO NOT got to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as this disease is highly contagious; self-isolate until help has arrived from the NHS
4. Travel advice
Avoid visiting places with high corona virus incidents, including Iran, China, Italy and South Korea. Other countries are listed in https://www.gov.uk/guidance/corona virus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#risk-level
Contact your airline or other transport and accommodation providers for up-to-date information of your travel plans
Check information on travel restriction from gov.uk website and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) foreign travel advice