Register with a doctor

You need to register with a doctor's surgery before you can make an appointment.

We strongly recommend that you register with a local general practitioner (GP) within the first couple of weeks of arriving at university, even if you do not feel ill. This is to make it easier to see a doctor when you need to, as GPs are often unable to give appointments to people not registered at their surgery, except in a real emergency.

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    You can choose whether to register at the University Health Centre or at another GP practice local to where you live. 

    University Health Centre

    Located on Frenchay Campus, The University Health Centre is there to provide accessible healthcare for everyone working or studying at the University.

    All UWE Bristol students and members of staff can register with us. If you are registered with the Old School Surgery in Fishponds, you do not need to re-register at the University Health Centre. You will be registered at both surgeries.

    Other GP surgery

    If you would like to register with another local practice, you can search for a health service on the NHS website and ask to register with them. You will usually be asked to complete a short application form or health questionnaire, and you may be asked to provide proof of identity.

  2. Step 2

    When you register, you will be removed from your current doctor's practice list and all your records will be transferred to us. You will need to register with your previous doctor as a temporary patient if you want to consult them sometimes, such as during holidays when you return home.

    University Health Centre/Old School Surgery

    Please complete the online registration form to register with the University Health Centre/Old School Surgery. If you have any queries about registration, please contact us.

    Find out how to book an appointment with the University Health Centre.

    Other local surgeries

    Follow the instructions provided by your chosen surgery to register.

  3. Step 3

    Patient Access is an online system that allows you to easily book GP appointments. All registered University Health Centre patients can sign up to Patient Access.

    If you register with a different surgery, you will need to check with them whether you can sign up for Patient Access to book appointments.

    To sign up, you will need a registration letter from your surgery. you may need to contact your practice and provide some identity documents to get a registration letter. You can then sign up to Patient Access.

Going home for the holidays

What to do when you go home for vacation

When you register with the University Health Centre or another local GP, you will be removed from your current doctor's practice list and all your records will be transferred to your new GP. You will need to register with your previous doctor as a temporary patient if you want to consult them sometimes, such as during holidays when you return home.