I am a Ph.D. student funded by an EU grant studying in the UK. As such, I have registered with a GP once I arrived in the UK and received an NHS number.
Due to my field of study I regularly travel to other European countries to attend conferences / workshops / etc. hence I applied for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). I embarked on one of those trips prior to receiving the EHIC and got sick while being in Switzerland. Hence I rang up the Overseas Healthcare Team to inquire about a replacement certificate, however, they told me that as a student I am not elligible to an EHIC issued by the NHS.
Prior to coming to the UK guides like this gave me impression that I am elligible for an EHIC. Can anyone with relevant expertise help?
Edit: Additional Information: I was regularly insured in my home country [Germany] until I moved to the UK for my studies. I have a stipend that finances my studies for at least 3.5 years. I have started my Ph.D. in October 2014 and I arrived in switzerland a few days ago.