Health, costs students in full-time education who are under the age of 19 but can be automatically entitled to full help with their health costs. Students aged 19 or over may also be eligible for help too with Health Costs depending on how much they earn/what savings they have.
In order to see if you qualify for the NHS Low Income Scheme to receive help with Health Costs you should fill in an HC1 form. If you are eligible you will receive an HC2 Certificate which will detail the help you can receive.
Claiming a refund:
If you have paid an NHS prescription charge you must use the prescription receipt form FP57 to claim a refund. You should ask for this form at the time you pay as you cannot get one later. The form will explain the procedure to follow.
If you have paid for other NHS charges you must use the claim form for the charge you have paid. There is a separate form for each type of charge (HC5(O) for optical costs, HC5(D) for Dental costs, HC5(T) for NHS travel costs and HC5(W) for wigs and fabric support charges.
The Advice Centre has HC1 and HC5(O) HC5(D) forms available on reception which students can pick up at any time.
The Advice Centre provides a prescription delivery service in conjunction with Greens Pharmacy (Great Bentley). This service is available to all students and staff at the University of Essex Colchester Campus. If you have been issued with a prescription by your doctor or other healthcare professions, you can bring this script to the Advice Centre and we will arrange for your items to be delivered to the University for you to collect from the Advice Centre reception desk.
This confidential service is offered free of charge (although you will need to pay the appropriate NHS prescriptions charges, currently £7.85 per item). Prescription fees will need to be paid in advance of the item being ordered. Please note we can only accept cash payments.
Items ordered before 12pm will usually be delievered on the same day* and will be available collect after 2.30pm. If your item is ordered after 12pm, it is usually delivered the following day we are open and is available to collect after 2.30pm.
Please note the Advice Centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm during term time. During vacations we are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 4pm only.
* Dependant on pharmacy stock levels
The Advice Centre provides free condoms to students.
These can be collected from the Advice Centre reception desk. We also have pregnancy tests and panic alarms for sale at £2 each.