Edge Hill University


If you are a fresher at Edge Hill University, well done on securing a place at a great University. Our aim is to work with the University to ensure that we can help prevent you getting sick and help you get better when you are ill. We can support you in the life changes you will experience.

Beacon Primary Care is Edge Hill University’s nominated practice.The practice has a surgery locally in Ormskirk town centre just behind B&M bargains they also have sites throughout West Lancashire in Skelmersdale, and Banks and we deliver a variety of enhanced services.   

Do you need to register with a local GP? 

It is important to look after your health at University. If you have moved a distance away from home to come to Edge Hill please make sure you are registered with a local GP. This NHS.UK leaflet outlines the reasons why this is important, how it works, and what to do: . 

You can register with any local GP as long as you live within their catchment area, but as the leaflet highlights, it is important to seek a health professional who understands students’ needs and is close by. Beacon Primary Care GP Practice works in close partnership with the University. The practice received an good rating in their recent Care Quality Commission Inspection.

Please make registration with a GP one of the jobs you do in your first week at University. It is important you do not wait until you are unwell for the following reasons: it will be more difficult for you to find a GP and register if you feel ill, and the practice needs time to process your registration and download your existing medical records to be able to provide the safest level of care when you do need to seek help.

  • Clinics
  • General medical and nursing clinics
  • Immunisations
  • Sexual health
  • Contraception / Coils / Implant

Our Practice Boundary

Practice Boundary

Ormskirk, Aughton, Old Skelmersdale, Tanhouse, Bickerstaffe and parts of Lathom.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I register my home GP practice will get upset and it may effect my care when I go home.

Your home practice will fully understand and importantly may not be able to treat you if you are out of area. Your full record will be transferred within 4 weeks (usually a lot sooner if electronic). If you go home you can register temporarily with them until you get back. You practice is highly unlikely to refuse you should you choose to register at home permanently as it is within their agreement with the NHS.

I have special medications and medical needs, what if you can’t meet them?

This is extremely unlikely, a quick browse through the site will show that there are few Primary Care Services we don’t provide. As long as the medications have been prescribed for a specific purpose the transfer is straight forward.  

Can’t I just register when I’m Ill?

You can, but this would mean that we don’t have access to your notes and may well cause a delay in treatment or inefficient treatment.

What’s the advantage in registering locally?

​Access to the Edge Hill practice campus provides easy contact with local healthcare staff and there are no delays when you need treatment.  


Clicking the button below will redirect you to the patient access portal. Here you can enter your details and and become a patient of the practice.

Sick Notes

The following policy is followed for any requests by patients for a sick note around the time of a school or university examination

  • If ill <1 week and sit the exam then no note can be issued
  • If ill >1 week and sit the exam then a note can be issued if they were seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner in the surgery
  • If you miss the exam, you will need to be seen on day of exam, and we will issue a note.
  • If you have never seen by us, then no note can be issued.
  • If you leave part way through an exam, you must come and be seen the same day and then we can do note, otherwise no note can be issued.

 The cost of providing the private sick note will be £15.