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One of your top priorities is to register with doctors at a local medical practice so that you can access healthcare in Durham when you need it.

This is especially important if you have an ongoing health condition or require repeat medication and for support with vaccinations and health measures related to Covid-19.

Your choice of medical practice will be determined by the area in which you live. The practice area of the Claypath and University Medical Group covers the University and the Colleges, and the majority of our students register with this practice:


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Claypath Medical Centre

Claypath and University Medical Group, University Health Centre, Green Lane, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JX. Tel: =44 (0)191 386 5081

Visit Claypath Medical Centre website

Once in Durham, new students can register with the Claypath and University Medical Group via a quick and easy to complete online form.

The form asks whether you have an NHS number or not. You will only have a number if you have previously registered with a doctor in the UK, but you can still complete this online registration if you are an overseas student and don’t already have an NHS number.

There are other medical practices in Durham that you may want to consider.  A full list with locations can be found here.

Starting at Durham can be a busy and exciting time so, if you have a long-term medical condition and require medication, we recommend bringing sufficient medicines to last for the first couple of months of your time here.



Before coming to University we also recommend you ensure that your vaccinations for other infections are up to date. Please consult your current doctor to check if you have had the vaccines below and, if you have not, arrange to receive them before coming to Durham.

If you are unable to receive any of these vaccinations before you arrive in Durham, register with a medical practice as soon as possible on arrival (see above) and seek advice about accessing vaccinations.


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Meningitis (MenACWY)

It is extremely important that all students have had a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly. Please ensure you have received the MenACWY vaccine which is highly effective in preventing illness caused by the four meningococcal strains, including the Men W strain.

For further information on meningitis please visit
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Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

In recent years there has been an increase in cases of measles and mumps in students at universities. Please check that you have had the necessary two doses of the combined MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination.

Information on the MMR vaccine
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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

You’re encouraged to make sure you are up to date with your Covid-19 vaccinations, an important measure to keep our community safe.

Our Covid-19 advice and guidance
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International Student medical info

Additional advice for international students can be found here.

Covid-19 vaccine info for those vaccinated abroad Log your overseas vaccinations with the NHS