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Health and Safety

Health Care

The National Health Service (NHS) is the Government-funded service in the UK. Students at Warwick who are studying a recognised course for longer than six months can register with a local doctor or GP (General Practioner) for free NHS care.

Students can register with the University Health Centre. The Health Centre has two medical practices with both male and female doctors, nurse practitioners and practice nurses. To register with a doctor you will have to fill in a NHS registration form and show evidence of your UK address, evidence that you are a student at Warwick, your passport and details of all inoculations and any pre-existing medical conditions.

Emergency Care

If you require hospital treatment for an accident or emergency the nearest hospital is either University Hospital Coventry (6 miles from campus) or Warwick Hospital (3 miles from Leamington Spa). In an emergency, you should call 999 for an ambulance.

Out of hours service

If you require medical advice or attention out of normal surgery hours (9am to 5pm) then you can seek advice from NHS Direct, which is a nurse-led telephone advice service helpline - 111. You can also seek advice from health professionals within the NHS Walk-In Centre, located in Coventry City Centre.

EEA and Swiss Students

To use NHS facilities in the UK other than your local doctor or GP, it helps to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you leave your home country. This entitles you to free or reduce-cost medical treatment necessary if you have an illness or accident.

Safety and Security

You should feel happy to travel in Britain in safety during daylight hours. You will find the police in the UK polite and helpful. West Midlands Police and Warwickshire Police, the University's local police forces, are commited to ensuring that everyone who visits the area enjoys a crime free stay. They have dedicated officers within the university to make the area feel safer for students. West Midlands Police have launched an innovative new website called Safer Students aimed at keeping the students of the region safe.

The University Security Team exists to support the University’s overall aims by ensuring as far as possible, a safe, secure and friendly environment for students, staff and visitors, free from injury, personal threat, damage and theft.

The British Council have produced guidance on moving to, and making the most of your time in the UK. You should also read through the guidance below.

Further Information

See this page for more information on health, insurance and other matters.