Medical

5.1 College Doctor
5.2 Dental Care
5.3 Medical Provision for International Students
5.4 Covid Vaccination
5.5 Travel Insurance

5.1 College Doctor

All members of the College are required to register with a local General Practitioner (GP) Doctor. In the UK your GP is your first point of contact for all non-emergency medical treatments including health and mental health conditions. Many problems can be treated by the GP, but if you need specialist care, the GP will refer you to an appropriate NHS Specialist.  

You are strongly encouraged to register with the College Doctors, Dr Leaver and Partners at the Jericho Health Centre on or before arrival. If you decide to register with a different local GP you must provide the Academic Office with their contact details (academic-office@reuben.ox.ac.uk), so that the College may call them in the event of an emergency.  

You can contact the ‘GP’ for medical appointments with a doctor or practice nurse for any health (or mental health) concerns. This may include sleep disturbance, contraception and sexual health, medicines, vaccinations or managing a long-term health condition.  

For further information about how the UK medical system works, please click here

5.2 Dental Care

Most dentistry is provided by private practitioners in the UK (who can offer a range of clinical and cosmetic treatments). However, some dental clinics also offer NHS treatments. These are treatments that are considered 'clinically necessary' for good oral health and are significantly cheaper than private treatment, but please note they are not free. If you are eligible for full NHS treatment, you should register with the College Doctor first, otherwise you may have to pay at the cost of a private treatment. For further information on how to find an NHS Dentist in Oxfordshire please click here.  

There are currently only a limited number of practices open to new patients within Oxford. Students may register with Studental for NHS Dental Care, based at Oxford Brookes University, tel. 01865 689997. Another practice that is currently accepting registrations (as at Sept ‘22) is ‘Summertown Dental Implants’ (279 Banbury Road, Tel: 01865 558822) 

5.3 Medical Provision for International Students

Students coming from countries with reciprocal health arrangements with the UK are eligible for free treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). To find out if you are eligible for NHS services please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. 

Treatment for a medical emergency is free, regardless of status. 

5.4 Covid vaccination

It is important for us all to continue being considerate and to take steps to minimize the risk of Covid infection. In line with government policy, we therefore encourage all students to be fully vaccinated and get their booster dose(s) when eligible to protect their own health and the health of others. If you have any underlying health issues or require any advice concerning the vaccine, please speak to a GP/doctor before getting the vaccine.  

For up-to-date University details see Coronavirus | University of Oxford 

5.5 Travel Insurance

Whilst the University can provide travel insurance for students travelling within the UK or worldwide on University business, this cover is not automatic. To arrange insurance please refer to the University website, How to Arrange Insurance.