Register with a local doctor
You may be spending a lot of time in Reading over the next few years, so it's good to have a local GP or doctor available to you.
There are three practices close to the University:
- University Medical Practice: 0118 987 4551
- Chancellor House Surgery: 0118 931 0006
- Parkside Family Practice: 0118 926 0026
University Dental Surgery
The University Dental Surgery provides a comprehensive dental service under the terms of the National Health Service.
The Dental Surgery is open to staff, students and members of the public. The Dental surgery will undertake NHS and private work.
Visiting the surgery and booking an appointment:
- 9 Northcourt Avenue (behind the University Medical Practice)
- Telephone: +44 (0)118 975 9660
- Opening Hours: 09:00-13:00 and 13:30pm -17:00 Monday to Friday
EU students are entitled to use the National Health Service - however you must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), otherwise you could be charged.
When you applied for the Tier 4 visa you most likely would have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which entitles you to use the National Health Service (NHS). When you are accessing healthcare, it is important to take your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) with you just in case they ask to see it.
If you have not paid the IHS because you have a visa to study, work or join family in the UK for less than 6 months, you are still allowed to use healthcare services. However, you will be charged for using them. In these case we recommend that you consider purchasing insurance before your arrival.