Can international students use healthcare in the UK? Is it really free? | Settle In

Can international students use healthcare in the UK? Is it really free? | Settle In

September 9, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


UK’s National Health Services (NHS) is one
of the most reliable and trustworthy health providers across the globe. As an international
student, what support do you have while studying in the UK? What do you do when your flatmate
decides to drink too much and ride your mattress down the stairs? What support is available
to you? Hi, I’m Jack from Settle In, put those handmade bandages away because today we’re
uncovering what health services are available to you while studying in the UK. As an international
student, what health services are available to you? Non-EU students have full access to
the NHS because you have paid it in the Health Surcharge on your Tier 4 Visa. EU international
students coming to the UK have full access to overseas health support when they show
their Provisional Replacement Certificate just to prove eligibility. So now you know
you’re eligible, I’m gonna tell you the health services that are available to you in the
UK. Are you wondering if you really need to go to the doctors?Perhaps it’s just a small
cold and a few coughs, if that’s so then perhaps taking a trip to the pharmacy is all you need.
You can visit your pharmacist for the common cold, hay fever and allergies and skin conditions
like acne and eczema. Pharmacies provide plenty of prescription and non-prescription drugs
that you can buy such as painkillers. You can also buy other products such as male and
female contraception here. So next time you’re ill, instead of booking to see a doctor or
rushing to A&E, check out your local pharmacy first. Included with your health surcharge
fee at no additional cost, you can visit a local medical doctor known as a General Practitioner
or GP, you should go to your GP or local walk-in centre for wound and dressing care, muscle
and joint injuries, minor lacerations and cuts, your GP can help. So if you’re genuinely
not feeling too good, be sure to give 111 a call and check in at your local walk-in
centre or GP. If you are in a dangerous situation, say you’re on a night out and your friend
starts having an allergic reaction, you need to know about A&E. A&E stands for Accident
and Emergency and this service is used for immediate medical action and attention. The
emergency department runs 24/7 and deals with genuine life-threatening casualties such as
allergic reactions, severe trauma, chest pains, etc. Hopefully as a student, you’ll never
need to call A&E however if you do ever find yourself in an instance that requires treatment
urgently, call 999 and you will be directed to the closest A&E hospital service in your
area. As a reminder, these are the important telephone numbers to call. For non-emergency
scenarios such as medical advise, locating local healthcare in your area, GPs, dentists,
etc. Call 111 and for emergency cases such as allergic reactions, chest pains, suspected
strokes, life threatening injuries, etc. Call 999 for immediate medical attention. Sorted,
now you know everything about health services that are available to you in the UK. Now be
sure to check out our website for other international student needs and be sure to like, share and
subscribe to our channel. I’ve been Jack ,you’ve been awesome and I’ll see you in the next
one.