Student Services

We are the nearest surgery to the University of Chichester Bishop Otter Campus. Students and staff of the University can register with our practice providing they are resident on campus or living within our catchment area – please ask at the surgery if you are unsure.

The surgery is located approximately 15 minutes walk from the campus, and provides a range of services whilst open. There is full out-of-hours emergency GP medical service when the centre is closed.

Registering at the Surgery

Please register at the surgery before you need to see a doctor or need repeat medication.

If you have a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes, it is a good idea to have a new patient medical with one of our Health Care Assistants Grada or Karen. They can refer you onto the Doctor or Practice Nurse as necessary.

If you are on regular medication you will need to make an appointment with the Doctor before you can be issued with a prescription. Please make an appointment 2-3 weeks before your supplies run out.
If you need contraception, make an appointment with the Practice Nurse 2-3 weeks before the prescription is required.

You can register by:

  • Coming to see us and Completing a Health Questionnaire Form at University Registration Day. We are present for the whole day.
  • Coming into the surgery and completing a Health Questionnaire Form
  • Completing an online registration form

Please note that we will need to see 2 forms of identification, one with a photograph, e.g. a passport or driving licence, and one with proof of address, e.g. your university card or the letter stating you have a university place.


From 2014 the NHS recommend getting vaccinated against Meningitis ideally before you start university. We can offer this vaccination for new students if you have not yet had it. We aim to offer a drop-in vaccination session just after University Registration Day. Please ring reception on 01243 527264 for more details.

Self Help and Minor Illness Advice

If you are not feeling well there are steps you can take at home before you consider coming to the doctor or Nurse.

Please see our Self Help Centre.

You can also contact the Pharmacist at Summersdale Pharmacy within our surgery, on 01243 380185 for any healthcare or treatment / medication advice. The pharmacy website also contains more health advice and information on a range of health matters.

If you still feel you need to see a healthcare professional, please follow our general guidelines below.

When you can see a Nurse

Patients wishing to be seen with certain problems do not always need to be seen by the Doctor. Our Nurse Practitioner Ellie Dudman, is experienced and can see patients with minor illness. Please ask to see them for the following:

  • Emergency Contraception
  • Coughs and Colds
  • Acute Asthma problems
  • Rashes, Bites and Boils
  • Thrush
  • Ear Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Minor sprains and injuries
  • Sexual Health    Routine Contraception advice
  • Diarrhoea and Vomiting
  • Chest infection
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Burns and Scolds
  • Hay Fever
  • Sore throats
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Update of routine prescriptions

Our Nurses also hold dedicated clinics or services for the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Family planning / contraception

And can offer advice, information or resources in the following areas

  • Travel Advice
  • Mental Health Resources and helplines

When you need to see a Doctor

Doctor appointments are for people with a serious acute illness or injury or general assessment of chronic conditions over and above routine review.

Examples are:

  • Sports injury – (Our Specialist GP Dr Jackson has additional qualifications in musculoskeletal medicine and can provide treatment and advice for sports / dance related injuries)
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Long term conditions e.g. epilepsy, cystic fibrosis
  • General Health concerns
  • Medication review (we aim to carry out these on all patients who have regular medication every 6 months)

Please note that it is NOT appropriate to go to Accident and Emergency Department for any healthcare advice or anything our Doctors or Nurses could deal with when the surgery is open between 8am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday.

Booking Appointments

Students can be seen by any GP or Nurse in any session at the surgery. See our appointments page for more information.

Advice on Smoking and Alcohol

Smoking is detrimental to your health and those around you.

If you would like help on quitting smoking you can make an appointment in our Smoking Cessation Clinics with one of our Nursing team. Online help and information is available at NHS Smoke Free or NHS - Live Well

Advice on alcohol is available from Drink Aware where there is also a handy calculator so you can see how many units you are consuming.

If you are worried about your alcohol consumption and want to talk to someone, please make an appointment with the doctor.