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Student Wellbeing


General Practitioners (GPs) are local doctors based in practices (also known as surgeries) around Cambridge. GPs are medically trained doctors who help people with minor or chronic illnesses by diagnosing conditions, prescribing medicines and treatments and providing advice and health education to their patients. GPs work closely with other healthcare professionals such as health visitors, midwives, mental health services and social care services. If a GP cannot deal with a problem, they can refer patients to see a consultant with specialist knowledge. Such consultants can be located around Cambridgeshire but are mostly based at Addenbrooke's hospital. 

All students living in Cambridge are strongly advised to register with a local GP practice on arrival, rather than waiting to feel unwell. This is particularly important if you have a medical condition which requires ongoing treatment. Although students are not permitted to register with both a Cambridge GP and one at home, you can register in Cambridge in term time and see your home GP during vacations by completing a temporary resident form. When required, Cambridge GPs are used to liaising with other GP Practices and Hospitals across the country. You have the legal right to choose which GP practice best suits your needs and your College Nurse or Tutor will be able to provide information if the College has any informal links with a particular practice.  You can compare GP practices according to facilities, services, access and performance: If you have an NHS number, you will need to bring it when you register along with details of your previous doctor (if this was in the UK).

There is an Association of Student GP Practices in Cambridge comprising:

Bridge Street Surgery 

2 All Saints Passage, Cambridge CB2 3LS
01223 652671

Huntingdon Road Surgery
1 Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DB
01223 364127

Lensfield Road Medical Practice
48 Lensfield Rd, Cambridge
01223 651020

Newnham Walk Surgery
Wordsworth Grove, Cambridge, CB3 9HS
01223 366811

Petersfield Medical Practice
25 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2AB
01223 350647

Red House Surgery
96 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1ER
0844 4773124

Trumpington Street Medical Practice
56 Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RG
01223 361611

Woodlands Surgery
Eden Hse, 48-49 Bateman St CB2 1LR
01223 697600

York Street Surgery
146-148 York St, Cambridge CB1 2PY
01223 364116

GP surgeries are usually open between 8.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday and you can contact your GP surgery reception to book an appointment if you need medical care. Many practices also offer online appointment booking which allow you to book/cancel your appointment or order repeat prescriptions – ask when you register if this facility is available. Usually you will need to book appointments in advance, or, if you need urgent medical care, you can call first thing in the morning to ask for a same-day emergency appointment.

If your GP prescribes a medicine or device for you at an appointment, you will normally need to take your prescription to a pharmacist (aka chemist) for your medicine or device to be dispensed. There is a charge for prescriptions (see Prescription charges).

Information on the role of GPs and how to register is available at:

It is normally possible to request to see a female or male GP when you book your appointment, should you have a preference.  There are some helpful tips about how you can make the most of your appointment with your GP on the NHS website

If you are a student from outside the UK, you can read more about how to access health services in the UK at  You can also find healthcare advice for students requiring a Tier 4 visa

Everyone registered with a GP will be given a unique patient identifier called an NHS number. Your NHS Number will help healthcare staff and service providers across the NHS to identify you correctly and match your details to your health records. This will ensure you always receive safe and efficient NHS care.

Medical Letter Administration

Please be aware that certain requests for medical letters, reports or forms from your GP may carry an administration charge. Please contact the GP practice to confirm.