Registering with a doctor (GP)

You must register with a local General Practitioner (GP) during your time at RCS.  If you live in the UK can you can access the National Health Service (NHS) in the same way you would in your home town.  Prescriptions in Scotland are free for everyone.

Students from outside the UK (or Ireland) on courses of 6 months or more, starting in September 2021 or later, can access the NHS by paying the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the Student route visa application.  This costs £470 per year. 

Students studying on a 6-month programme, who enter the UK on a Visitor visa are not eligible for NHS healthcare and must have adequate private health cover.

The following treatment provided by the NHS is free of charge for everyone:

  • accident and emergency services (but not follow-up treatment, or admission as an in-patient to hospital)
  • family planning services
  • diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • diagnosis and treatment of certain infectious diseases
  • compulsory psychiatric treatment or treatment that has been ordered by a court

Most Conservatoire students register with Dr Leslie and Partners (Drs Leslie, Ojo and Chetty)  The address is Woodside Health & Care Centre, 891 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G20 7ER. Once you become a student at the Conservatoire you can register online .

If you’re from outside the UK you should familiarise yourself with the healthcare system in the UK.  UKCISA gives detailed information about this.  Please pay particular attention to the page on ‘Scotland’.

Specialist medical care

We have a small register of private medical specialists in fields relevant to performance in music, drama and dance. If you experience a programme-related medical problem that is causing you difficulties in your studies and cannot easily be dealt with by your GP, the International and Student Experience team may be able to make arrangements for you to have one free consultation with a specialist practitioner.  To access this service you must have seen your GP first.  Please email in the first instance. Find out more about health services on our Portal.


The RCS works with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) , a charity giving medical advice to people working and studying in the performing arts.  Most of the staff on our small register of private medical specialists are BAPAM clinicians.  BAPAM offers free clinics, training and resources to performing arts students.

Keeping Fit – Gym

Keeping a healthy body and mind is essential for students in the performing arts.  There are various gyms/fitness centres in the Glasgow area and links to those closest to the Conservatoire can be found below:

The RCS Students’ Union also offers a number of health and wellbeing classes on a weekly basis. Details are given to students upon starting their studies.

Keeping Fit – Free of charge

You don’t need to keep fit by paying to join a gym.  If you’re on a budget check out the tips on the NHS website.

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