Healthcare, Faith and Chaplaincy

New students: Don't forget to register with your local GP!

Registration with a GP, healthcare and prescriptions are free and delivered by the NHS in Scotland.

The NHS provides free healthcare to UK residents through public funding. International students who hold a valid student visa can expect to receive treatments from the UK's National Health Service (NHS).

More information about healthcare for international students. 

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 

Students living on campus or in the Musselburgh area (postcodes EH15 or EH21)

Please register with Riverside Medical Practice.

If you have registered at Riverside Medical Practice please note the following information: 

  1. To make an appointment, call 0300 790 6266 from 8am for new health concerns only. Riverside are currently running a same-day appointment service. Appointment booking information. 
  2. Call after 10am for all other matters, including booking blood tests, booking nurse appointments (smear tests, asthma checks, diabetes checks etc.) or prescription and admin queries.
  3. Call the CWIC service for mental health concerns to speak to a trained practitioner. 

Please note: It can be difficult to get through to the Practice to book a GP appointment due to current pressures on the NHS but please persist.

Riverside Medical Practice is located at:

Musselburgh Primary Care Centre
Inveresk Road
East Lothian
EH21 7BP

If you have a health concern which you feel needs attention that day but GP appointments are fully booked, you can request an emergency assessment by one of the Practice's triage nurse practitioners, who will assess whether you need an emergency GP appointment.

More Information about Riverside practice, clinics and support for students.


Once you are registered with the Practice you can order repeat prescriptions or acute 'special request' medications online or order via your local pharmacy. You cannot order prescriptions by calling the Practice.

You can also continue to get your prescriptions from your home practice if you prefer.


Students living outside of Musselburgh

Please check the NHS24 website for your nearest Doctors Surgery.


For medical emergencies outside of open hours (6pm onwards)

  • Call NHS 24 directly by phoning: 111 between 6 pm to 8 am.

QMU welcomes students from all faiths or none.

We have a quiet Contemplation Room on Level 1 for personal prayer and contemplation.

Although there isn’t a chaplaincy on the QMU campus, QMU works closely with the St Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Edinburgh.

St Albert’s Chaplaincy is run by the Dominican Order who are the Catholic Chaplains for students and staff at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

The Chaplaincy is located at 23-24 George Square near the University of Edinburgh. It is open daily.


Contact the Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy Website

Tel: 0131 650 0900

NHS inform – Mental Health and Wellbeing zone

A gateway to Scottish-focused information on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing such as:

  • Stress Management
  • Helping Yourself and Accessing Help
  • Worried About Someone

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free , confidential phone and web based service for any individual who is experiencing low mood or depression , or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to. Call 0800 83 85 87 (Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am and weekends 24hrs). 


Hep B Injection - Please speak to your Programme Leader for up-to-date information.

Meningitis: As a student you are at risk of meningococcal meningitis. Vaccination with the 'Men C' vaccine will protect you against Group C meningitis and septicaemia. You will still have the potential risk of contracting one of the other forms, in particular Group B. There is no vaccination for this at present. We encourage you to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of meningitis. 

If you suspect someone has meningitis:

  •  CONTACT NHS 24 on 111 for advice


  • Dial 999 if an emergency

Please tell university security which action you have taken by telephoning 2222 (on campus) or 0131 474 0000.