Registration Information for Students living away from home
Who should I register with?
At the beginning of your time at university you will be advised to register with a university medical centre or local GP practice and we would encourage this.
It’s important to realise that when you register with a new surgery, you are no longer registered at Amersham HC.
If you need to be seen urgently when you come home you can sign on as a temporary resident with Amersham HC. By urgent we are referring to immediate necessary treatment and this does not include routine care such as travel vaccines or repeat prescriptions which you should get from your registered doctor so remember to plan ahead, especially before holiday periods.
I only ever see a doctor when I go home. Do I have to remain registered with the university doctor?
If you find that you rarely attend a doctor during term time and tend to wait until you are home on holidays to seek medical advice, we would strongly suggest you re-register with Amersham Health Centre for the remainder of your student years. It only takes a few minutes to re-register you. Ask at reception.
What happens if I then need to see the doctor during term time?
Even if you register back with us, you can still be seen by your University doctor as a temporary resident if you have any urgent health care needs (see above), including emergency contraception. This is a legal requirement of all NHS General Practices.
Can I swap back again if necessary?
If your situation changes and you feel it would be more beneficial to be registered again at university, then there is no problem. You do not have to explain why you are re-registering and registering at different GP surgeries.
Is there any point in registering with the university doctor in the first place?
Yes, absolutely. Firstly it is essential for those students who have ongoing conditions that require careful monitoring and who may require repeat medication or referrals for hospital care.
For all others it is useful because by registering at the outset with a local university doctor, he/she will gain access to your medical records and medical history which is very important if you need to be seen and they can quickly check details such as immunisation status etc.
The advantage of registering in your first year at least, is that this basic information will still be accessible, on computer files, to the university doctor, even if you change your registration back to your family GP. Then if you do need to be seen as a temporary patient for urgent treatment, they can reopen your medical records.