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  Before You Leave
Health in the UK
Registering with a Doctor
Dental Services
Discount Cards for Travel
Rail Travel
Useful UK Numbers and Services
 
 

 

 
  Before You Leave

If you're undergoing any medical treatment, have had any serious illnesses in the past or are registered disabled, please bring with you all your current prescriptions and a report from your doctor. These documents will need to be in English, so you will need to arrange for them to be translated if they are not available in English. The documents should give details of your condition, all treatment and/or medication you require and any assistance or support you will need while you undertake your studies. This will help ensure the smooth continuation of your treatment when you arrive in the UK.

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Health in the UK

As an international student you, and any members of your family who have come to the UK with you, may be entitled to free or subsidised treatment in the UK under the National Health Service (NHS). Generally your course needs to be of six months or more in duration to qualify. If you are in the UK for less than six months, you may only receive free emergency treatment on the NHS. However, if you are a national or resident of an EEA (European Economic Area) country, or are studying a full-time course in Scotland, you will receive this benefit regardless of the length of your studies.

Before you travel, you should seek advice from the health authorities in your home country about what treatment will be covered. If you are not entitled to NHS treatment, it is highly recommended that you take out medical insurance before you leave home or as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK.

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Registering with a Doctor

To receive any kind of treatment through the NHS, you must be registered with a doctor (sometimes called a GP or General Practitioner). It is best to arrange this as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK, once you have a permanent address, as it may delay your treatment if you need to see a doctor and are not registered.

If your school, college or university has a health centre, you may be able to register with a doctor there or they may be able to recommend a local doctor or GP. You will need to take proof of your student status, your passport and evidence of your address with you when you register. You will then be sent an NHS medical card with an individual identity code, which you can also use to register with a dentist.

A consultation with your doctor is free, but you must pay for any medicines prescribed unless you are under 19 years of age and in full-time education (under 25 years in Wales). A prescription costs £7.20 per item. If you have a condition such as asthma that requires frequent repeat prescriptions, you may be able to save money by buying a prepayment certificate. Your doctor or student advisers will be able to provide you with details.

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Dental Services

If you are eligible for NHS treatment, you can receive your dental treatment at a reduced rate. Once you have registered with a doctor and received your medical card you can register with a dentist. Some dentists only accept private patients, so make sure that the practice accepts NHS patients before you register.

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Discount Cards for Travel

There are many discount cards and schemes available that can help students to save money, especially if you are planning to travel frequently. You can buy cards for coach and rail travel that will save you up to 30 percent on each journey you make. Full details are in the sections below.

If you don't already have one, you may also want to invest in an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) or an International Youth Travel Card (IYTC), which can save you money on travel, both in the UK and overseas, as well as discounts on fashion, music, entertainment, eating out and much more. You can apply for a card online at www.isiccard.com

Travel agents offering cheap deals to students can be found in most towns and cities with a large student population. They can arrange student discount cards for you as well as reduced cost flights for students. See www.statravel.co.uk

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Rail Travel

The price of a ticket depends on the type you buy. There are many different types of tickets available, including single, same-day return and open return, which enables you to buy a ticket without having to commit to what date and time you will return on. Buying tickets in advance generally saves you money, as does specifying the date and time that you will travel. Please ensure you buy a ticket for your entire journey, as ticket inspectors impose immediate fines if your ticket is not valid.

Tickets can be bought in advance online at www.thetrainline.com or you can purchase your tickets at any train station, either on or before your date of travel. It is always worth trying to plan your travel and reserve a seat on your train journey. At peak times if you do not reserve a seat you may have to stand for all or part of your journey.

If you plan to do a lot of travelling it is worth investing in a Young Person's Railcard (YPR) which costs £24 a year and enables anyone aged between 16 and 25 (and mature full-time students of any age) to get a third off most rail fares anywhere in Britain. You will need a passport sized photograph for your application. Cards can be purchased at any railway station or you can apply online at www.youngpersons-railcard.co.uk

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Useful UK Numbers and Services

International operator Ц 155 (for help with placing a call)
International directory enquiries Ц 118 505 (to find out a number)
To phone someone overseas direct, dial 00, then the country code, followed by the number (usually omitting the 0 at the beginning of the number)
Mobiles Online (information on various mobile phone networks) Ц www.mobiles.co.uk
Royal Mail (postal service) Ц www.royalmail.com

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Contact Information

Mrs. Noone Minasian, Mrs. Marina Ter-Akopian

56 Townshend Court, Allitsen Road, London, Greater London, NW8 6LW, United Kingdom

+44 (0) 7795973363 & +44 (0) 7795364204

 

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