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If you need to contact a doctor  when the surgery is closed please Telephone 111. 

Alternatively you can go to the   North Colchester Healthcare Centre o n Turner Road Monday to Sunday from 7am to 10pm   Telephone:      01206 314015

If attending the walk in clinic after 8pm then telephone in advance to ensure there is availability to be seen. 

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Before attending the registration session at the Health Centre, you must complete the Health Centre Medical Questionnaire form by downloading the form below, printing and completing and bringing it with you to register.

Please click on the link below:

Student Medical Questionnaire


Student Health Centre Catch-Up Registration Session Friday 13th November 1.30pm - 5pm.

Just attend the Health Centre to complete your registration forms



When you arrive at your university accommodation there will be a pack in your room also containing this and the date and time of your registration appointment at the university health centre. Please either complete the form in your pack or download , print and complete the form from the website to bring with you at your health centre registration appointment. 

All new student "Freshers" are advised to have a Meningitis ACWY vaccination as soon as possible, after arriving. This is available at the health Centre free of charge and will be offered when you register at the Health Centre.

All students are reminded to update any changes in their contact details of address and telephone numbers at the Health Centre reception or on-line via "Changing Personal Details." 

Please be aware that the Health Centre does not access any changes of personal details that you may update for the University database,so changes need to be done for the Health Centre as well.

The Student Freshers' Newsletter is now available on our practice News and Newsletter page (see list on the right of this page).



Eligibility to Register with the NHS

Students need to register at the university health centre in order to access NHS General Practitioner Care, but not all students are eligible for NHS care.

Free treatment with the NHS is based on RESIDENCY, not on NATIONALITY. As a patient you also need to be living within our practice boundary to register with us.

European Union Visitors

  • If you will be studying at Essex University for less than 6 months, then you are not able to register with us, but you are eligible for free Primary Care treatment if you treatment is "immediate and necessary", or you can be seen as a "temporary resident"
  • If you will be studying at Essex University for more than 6 months then you are eligible for free Primary Care (GP) and free Secondary care (hospital) treatment, and you are able to register with us.

Other Overseas Visitors

  • If you will be studying at Essex University for less than 6 months, then you are not eligible for free Primary Care (GP) or Secondary Care (hospital). You would need to cover the cost of any treatment yourself.
  • If you needed to see a doctor or a nurse at The University of Essex Health Centre, then you would have to pay privately. The receptionist will provide a receipt in order that you can claim back the money via your insurance.


There are two parts to the National Health Service (NHS)

1. Primary Care

2. Secondary Care


In Britain, everybody has to be registered with a Primary Care doctor known as a General Practitioner (GP). They are trained in dealing with people who become unwell, have a health problems or want medical advice. GP's are used to dealing with a wide variety of medical and associated health problems. The Health Centre also has a team of highly trained and experienced nurses who can assist with a variety of minor illnesses. You can ask for advice at reception as to who you should see.


If you have a condition that requires you are seen by a specialist, the doctor will refer you to see a specialist in the Hospital. There are waiting lists to see such specialists, although every effort is made to ensure that urgent cases get priority. The surgery operates the Choose and Book system, which means if you are referred to see a specialist based in a hospital, you may be able to choose to be seen where there is a shorter waiting list.


The provision of medical reports and letters is not a service provided by the NHS. The Health Centre has an agreement in place with the University that students will not be charged for forms or letters relating to requests from the University, however, in other cases there will be a charge for such services as insurance reports or private medicals. The price you are charged will depend on the type of report or letter you require.

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