How to register with local healthcare providers

If you're entitled to NHS treatment, you'll be able to use most local and family doctor services free of charge, as well as having access to free emergency and non-emergency treatment in hospitals.

Students who have completed registration will be automatically sent an e-mail to their University e-mail address with a confirmation of attendance letter as an attachment.

You may need this letter, or another type of proof of address, when registering for a GP or dentist. 

Register with a GP (doctor) 

It has never been more important for all students to register with a GP. In the UK the term we use most often to describe a local or family doctor is a 'General Practitioner', which we shortern to 'GP'. 

GP surgeries provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations, vaccinations, access to COVID-19 testing and prescriptions. If you're issued with a prescription, you'll need to redeem it from a pharmacy or a chemist, for a fixed charge.

You should register with a GP online as soon as you know your term time addresses, even if this is before you travel to Manchester. You can search for the nearest GP surgery to your term time address on the NHS website and register as a new patient on the GP's website.

You can use our map of GP practices to find a practice close to campus. 

Register with a dentist

Registering with a dentist is a separate process and you'll need to find a local NHS dentist so that you can receive treatment for a small fixed charge.

You can find your nearest dentist on the NHS website, as well as information on the nearest hospital, dentist and chemist.


You can register with any local optician of your choice; there are many opticians in and around the city. There is a fee for eye tests and all eye treatment. Optometry students operate a clinic in the Carys Bannister building during term time and there are branches of the popular chains, such as Boots, in the city centre.

Occupational Health Service

The University Occupational Health Service also offers advice on issues relating to university life, work and general medical advice. They provide advice on a student’s fitness to undertake a course and any appropriate adjustments that may be required. They also advise on fitness to study where there is a concern in relation to a student’s medical fitness to attend university, study and sit exams.