If you are feeling unwell there are many places to get help. Pharmacists can often help with medication for minor illnesses such as stomach upsets or colds. For advice on whether you need to see a doctor you should contact your doctor's surgery.
Students are strongly encouraged to register with the College Health Centre or a local GP shortly after their arrival. You should not wait until you are ill as this may delay getting treatment.
The NHS Direct Website and telephone service is a useful place to find health information, advice and details of eligibility for NHS services. You can also find details of local doctors and dentists here but these details are also often available from the Residence Office.
Most doctors will not visit you at home unless there is a serious medical need and you will normally need to go to the surgery/health centre. Generally it is best to telephone and make an appointment or ask for an emergency appointment if you need to ber seen quickly.
If you suddenly feel unwell at a weekend or in the evening and require assistance contact Security or the Duty Manager at your residence. They will, if necessary, arrange for a doctor to visit you or for you to go to the Accident and Emergency Department of a local hospital.
Mumps, Measles and Meningitis
We recommend that all students have the MMR Vaccine. Please see the information below as it also explains what you should do if you think that you have Mumps (PDF 900 KB), or Measles (PDF, 660 KB) or Meningitis (PDF, 436 KB). Outbreaks of Mumps, Measles and Meningitis can often occur in the student community, particularly during the first semester. For this reason it is especially important to register with a G.P as soon as possible after your arrival at the College.
Prescriptions and travelling abroad
If you intend to travel abroad you will need to take out adequate travel insurance as the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not cover all healthcare expenses.
Students coming from or travelling abroad should also read the PDF below regarding prescription of medication (PDF, 30 KB).