• On campus

    The Medical Centre offers a confidential and comprehensive medical service. We try to deliver a personal, efficient  and friendly service to our patients.

    The centre is located on the 3rd floor of the Colonnade Building on the Headington Campus. 

    Opening hours: 

    • 8.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday (semester time only)

    We offer nursing advice, doctors' surgeries, contraception, emergency contraception, help with stress and anxiety, 'Eating healthily on a budget', eating problems, first aid, advice and treatment of sports injuries, travel vaccinations and smoking advice.

    Register online

    Students who are living within OX3 or OX4 postcodes are advised to register online. If you cannot register online, you will need to visit the Medical Centre to do so.

    For students living outside of our practice area, we advise you to register with the nearest surgery.

    Do you need a vaccination?

    All students are advised to have the MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccination before arriving at University. Please check with your own GP before arriving to check you are up to date. Please see the new guidelines for Meningitis ACWY for students attending University. 

    Services on campus

    We offer services both on campus and at St. Bartholomew's Medical Centre. Services on campus include:

  • We offer a variety of appointments ranging from same‐day emergency to appointments bookable up to one month in advance. These appointments are for 10 minutes and are available between 8.30am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.40pm.

    To make an appointment with a doctor

    Please call us on (01865) 483193 or call in and ask a receptionist who  will offer you the next available appointment.

    Please note, if you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment and the doctor or nurse's clinic is full,  you will be asked to book another appointment. You will only be seen at the end of the surgery in exceptional circumstances.

    If you feel you need an emergency, same-day appointment, the receptionist will put your name on the duty doctor's list, who will telephone you first to determine the best course of action.

    The nursing team offers a minor illness drop-in service from 8.30am – 12.00pm, Monday to Friday. This is a first-come, first-served basis designed for students to be seen on the day. Please note, if the drop‐in clinic is oversubscribed (too many patients waiting to be seen) and your problem is not urgent, then you may be asked to come back at another time.

    To avoid waiting, you can book an afternoon appointment with a nurse, available from 1.30 – 5.30pm.

    Our nurses are able to prescribe most medications.

    You can see the nurse for any of the following problems:

    • Minor illness (eg flu, coughs, colds, high fever, sore throat)
    • Urine infection/cystitis
    • Ear infection/blocked ear
    • Rash
    • Allergies
    • Blood test
    • Contraceptive pill repeat
    • Emergency contraception
    • Advice on sexual health
    • Blood pressure monitoring

    The following will need to booked in the afternoons:

    • Asthma
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking cessation advice
    • Cervical smear
    • Travel immunisations
    • Wound dressings
    • Contraceptive advice/problems
    • Contraceptive pill (first time starting or to change the pill you are on)

    Please note, we do not provide travel advice. You will need to contact a local travel clinic first who will advise you which vaccinations you may require.

    Please call the Medical Centre after 11.00am.

    Patients on repeat regular medication will be asked to see a doctor or nurse if you are newly registered with the practice, and at least once a year to review these medications. Please ensure you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.

    You can request your repeat medication either by post, fax or by bringing in your printed list of drugs. Alternatively you can register to order these online.

    Please allow two full working days for requested prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.

    All registered patients can now have access to appointments, repeat prescriptions and medical records  online. To register for this service, please visit the Patient Access website.

    Once you have registered, you will then need to attend the surgery and provide photo ID to verify your registration.


    The nursing and medical teams are trained to provide contraceptive advice – this includes prescribing most methods, including:

    • Emergency contraception (EHC)
    • Oral contraceptive pill
    • Contraceptive injection (Depo)
    • Implants
    • IUS or IUDs (also known as the coil)
    • Help and advice about unplanned pregnancy

    Emergency contraception

    Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is offered if you have had unprotected sex and are worried that you might get pregnant. It is also sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’. The EHC can be taken up to 72 hours after you have had unprotected sex but the earlier you take it, the higher chance it will be effective.  An alternative form of emergency contraception is to have a coil fitted. This procedure can be completed up to 5 days after having unprotected sex but you will need to attend the Churchill Hospital for this procedure.

    The Emergency Contraceptive Pill can be obtained from many places, including:

    • Most pharmacies (chemists)
    • Young women aged under 21 can get EHC free of charge from some Oxfordshire chemists. See OXME Emergency Contraception for a list of pharmacies
    • You can also buy emergency contraception over the counter from a chemist if you are over 16
    • Some school nurses
    • Any sexual health clinic

    Because it is important to take EHC as soon as possible after sex, you should request an emergency appointment or explain that you need EHC when attending the Medical Centre.

    Which type of contraception is best for you?

    There are many types of contraception available in the UK. Find out what they are, how to use them, where to get them and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. See SexWise Contraception for more information.

    Emergency contraception can be discussed at the minor illness drop-in service or, if you wish to discuss any long-term use of contraception, please book an appointment with a member of the nursing team.

    Chlamydia testing

    Free Chlamydia testing is available in Oxfordshire if you are aged 16-24.  To access more information and to order a free self-test kit, please go to Oxfordshire Chlamydia Testing.

    Sexual health screening

    For a full sexual health screen, there are services are available in Oxford. See Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service.

    The Medical Centre can only provide a medical certificate if you have been seen by a doctor or nurse at the surgery.


    If you are applying for an extension of up to one week, you should not require a medical certificate for this. You are able to self-certify for a week under the discretion of the Module Leader.

    If you are applying for an extension of more than one week and have been seen by the surgery for an illness or ongoing medical problem, then the doctor should be able to write a certificate for you. You can call reception to request a certificate.

    If you are unwell for more than one week, you can attend the nurse led clinic who can then access and treat your symptoms. A medical certificate may also be provided if required.


    If you are unwell on the day of your exam, you can attend the nurse led clinic who can access and treat your symptoms. A medical certificate may also be provided.

    If you have been unwell in the lead up to your exams but have not been seen at the surgery, a medical certificate cannot be written due to the doctor having no evidence of this. The same will apply if you have missed an exam but have not been seen by the surgery.

    Medical certificates

    If the doctor has written a certificate which has been rejected by the mitigating circumstances panel, you will then need to speak to your Student Support Co-ordinator about this. The Medical Centre is unable to provide further evidence.

    Please note:

    • A medical certificate is not an emergency. Treating patients who are unwell is our priority.
    • All medical certificates will take two working days to be completed.