Vaila Healthcare for students at the University of St Andrews
Updated: Nov 29, 2019
Our clinic at Croftwell in St Andrews has a long history of serving the student population. For the past 15 years it was run by Dr Dan Rutherford, who forged strong relationships with students and University staff, and has an excellent reputation. Since his retirement in 2018 the surgery is now run by Vaila Health and operated by me, Dr Julia Langford.
I have been a Doctor for over 15yrs and a GP for over 10. I continue to work as a GP Partner in my practice in Dundee, as well a running a successful facial aesthetics business in Perth. My other particular areas of interest are Sexual health, Women’s Health and Cardiology.
As a student at the University of St Andrews, you are entitled to NHS treatment during your time at university. We recommend that you register with one of the two NHS general practices based at St Andrews Hospital. There is now also an additional Nursing service at the practice, specifically to help students get access to timely healthcare.
However, some students do choose to use private GP services and this is where we can help. Perhaps you are a parent and living overseas? You just want to be sure that your child has easy and convenient access to a GP should they ever need it. Many health insurance policies will reimburse the cost of seeing a private GP, and so it is worth checking that with your provider. If you choose to see a private GP it will not affect your ability to access the NHS at any point, and you are freely able to use them both.
We offer a full list of services for acute and chronic physical conditions, mental health, medication, contraception, blood tests, investigations, sexual health screening and referrals. We can also administer Immunotherapy for those who are stable on treatment, with no history of adverse reactions.
If you’re an international student heading to the UK and you’re on medication, please check with your Physician at home that the medication is licensed for use in the UK. Our GPs are usually able to continue prescribing stable repeat medications, but in some instances would request that you are under the care of a Specialist in the UK too. We can help arrange this for you if required.
A word on mental health:
We appreciate that student life can sometimes bring as much pressure as it does fun. You’re in a new environment, perhaps living on your own for the first time, and possibly even in a new country. There has been a sharp rise in students dropping out of university due to mental health problems. Research has shown that the number of students who disclosed a mental health condition almost doubled between 2012 and 2015 to nearly 45,000, according to the Higher Education Statistic Agency.
If you have concerns about your mental health, please book a GP appointment or contact the University student support services for extra support.
If you would like to find out more about our location and the services we offer at Vaila Health in St Andrews, give us a call on 0333 577 5999 to find out more or to book an appointment.