• Student Healthcare
  • Faith and Chaplaincy
  • Other Useful Health Resources

All students are advised to register with a Medical Practice within the area they are living in as soon as they arrive at QMU.

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

If you are from another area of the UK, please bring your NHS Medical Card with you to University.

If you are from the European Economic Area [EEA] or Switzerland, please bring your European Health Insurance Card [EHIC] with you to University.

QMU and Student Services work in partnership with Riverside Medical Practice. Students living on campus or in Musselburgh are strongly encouraged to register with this practice.

Riverside Medical Practice is located at:

Musselburgh Primary Care Centre
Inveresk Road
East Lothian
EH21 7BP

Tel: 0131 536 4468
Web: theriversidepractice.co.uk

Online registration forms can be accessed on the Riverside Practice website.

Paper registration forms can be picked up from Student Services Reception or downloaded here: 

GP Registration Assignment Form

New Patient Medical Form

For students living in other areas outside of Musselburgh please check the NHS24 website for your nearest Doctors Surgery.

Medical emergencies out of opening 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.

To contact the Chaplaincy:

Web: scotland.op.org/edinburgh

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) or visit breathingspacescotland.co.uk

Living Life

NHS Living Life is a telephone support service based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. NHS Living Life Guided Self Help is available to anyone over the age of 16 suffering low mood , mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. Call 0800 328 9655 (Mon-Fri 1pm-9pm) to make an appointment. 

Sexual Health Scotland

Whether we're part of a couple , in a new relationship , have many partners or are happy and relaxed with no sex , everyone needs to take care of their sexual wellbeing.

Occupational Health is based at the Astley Ainslie Hospital, 133 Grange Loan, Edinburgh EH9 2HL, Tel: 0131 537 9369.

Hep B Injection - Please speak to your Programme Leader re 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 and be a good neighbour by looking in on any friends who you know are not well.

If you suspect someone has meningitis:

  • The Riverside Medical Practice, Musselburgh Primary Care Centre, Inveresk Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7BP - 0131 446 4171
  • Dial 999, if appropriate.