Many students coming to Aberdeen are away from home for the first time, and some will be in a foreign country. Parents have often looked after any health care needs, and suddenly students need to look after themselves. You are entitled to register with a GP under the National Health Service for all medical services. It is important to arrange registration with a GP on arrival in Aberdeen to ensure you are covered in an emergency. Students who have long-term conditions, for example asthma, epilepsy or diabetes are encouraged to attend the GP Practice they register with on arrival in Aberdeen. This provides an opportunity to discuss continued treatment and management of diagnosed conditions.
You can register with any medical practice, but if you are looking at this website you may be considering Garthdee Medical Group. We are associated with The Robert Gordon University and are located on the Garthdee campus.
If you wish to register with Garthdee Medical Group, you will need to complete our registration forms. You can download these on our registration page.
They are also available at reception. Please return completed forms in person to the practice, and we will advise you whether you need to make an appointment.
If during the course of your studies you change your address (or any contact details), you must inform the practice as soon as possible so that our records are accurate. This can be done in person, or by posting us the change details form [downloadable HERE]. Failure to do so may result in your name being removed from the practice list. Please note that if your new address is outside our practice boundary you will be advised to change practice.
Students are required to update their contact details at the practice at the end of the term to ensure that their registration remains current.
If you have any medical problems or worries you can obtain advice from the surgery once you are registered. Consultations are by appointment only, we also have telephone consultations. Advice can also be obtained from NHS 24 either by using the website for self-help or by phoning 01224 655 555.
Contraceptive advice and prescriptions are available by seeing your GP or from the Family Planning Clinic at:
Aberdeen Community Health & Care Village,
50 Frederick Street,
Aberdeen, AB24 5HY
Tel: 01224 655 555
If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections please arrange an appointment either with your GP or at the Genito Urinary Medical (GUM) Clinic . Tel: 0345 337 9900.
You can seek help with personal worries or stress by contacting the Student Counselling Centre and arranging to speak in confidence with a counsellor. Tel: 01224 262120 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you become unwell whilst away from Aberdeen, you can be seen by a local medical practice as a temporary resident. This is also what you should do if at home during vacations.
During the time you spend at university you may experience an episode of illness. This may impact on your ability to attend lectures, tutorials or complete some of your course work.
If you are unwell you should complete a Notification of Illness (RGU Sickness Form A) to give to your tutor so your tutor is aware of your difficulties.
If your tutor requires further confirmation of your difficulties he or she and you need to complete a Request for Evidence (RGU Sickness Form B). This should be delivered to the person you have seen regarding your difficulties e.g. student counsellor, nurse or doctor.
Normally there will be a fee for providing written evidence.
Download RGU Sickness Form A
Download RGU Sickness Form B
If you are in employment where you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, a Med 3 form may be required by your employer after 7 days of continual absence.
Important Notice for Female Students
All female patients registered with the practice age 25-64 will be sent a letter on behalf of the practice from Practitioner Services, inviting them to attend the surgery to have a cervical smear performed every 3 or 5 years depending on age.
The Practice would encourage you to have this screening but you have the right to opt out. Should you decide not to have a smear performed the practice requires written notification that you do not wish to participate in screening.
It is extremely important that you respond to this letter (either to make an appointment or opt out) as failure to do so may result in practitioner services removing your name from the practice list.
Useful Forms for Downloading
Cervical Cytology Students
Smear Refusal - Opt Out Form
Change of Address Form
Smoking Status Form