At this time of year, it’s important to take care of yourself so you avoid the coughs and colds of winter.
If you do need medical support, the Student Medical Centre at BU offers medical advice online from a doctor using the eConsult service as well as physical appointments. It is open to all students and is based at Talbot House on Talbot Campus. If you are a new patient please complete the registration form.
If you would prefer to register with a Medical Centre closer to your accommodation, you can also view a full list of local GP surgeries on the NHS website.
if you have booked an appointment you will need to wear a face covering when you visit the Medical Centre (unless you are exempt).
Need to cancel?
Don’t forget to cancel your appointment, if you are no longer able to attend, or are feeling better. At the Student Medical Centre, around 20% of appointments are missed which, during the busy winter months, can have an impact on our ability to support students who need to see a doctor.
Please cancel or reschedule your appointment online if you can't make it - even if you didn't originally book the appointment online.
Need help urgently?
For life-threatening emergencies always call 999 or 01202 962222 if you're on campus.
But if you have an urgent medical problem, that isn’t life-threatening, and you’re not sure what to do - call NHS 111 for 24 hour support, 7 days a week.
NHS 111 will ask you questions about your symptoms and help direct you to the most appropriate service for your problem. This could include:
- finding out what local service can help you
- getting connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
- getting a face-to-face appointment if you need one
- being told how to get any medicine you need
- getting self-care advice
You can also download the free WaitLess mobile app to help you make an informed decision about the best place to go for urgent treatment. It provides current waiting times, opening hours and directions to all urgent care centres in Dorset.
Suspect it's Covid-19?
If you come in to contact with someone who has developed symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 or you develop symptoms yourself, please self-isolate immediately and get in touch with AskBU. AskBU will be able to advise you of the next steps and arrange for support to help you while you need to stay at home.
You will also need to let your accommodation provider know that you are self-isolating. AskBU will notify your programme support team that you have suspected or confirmed Covid-19, who will get in touch with you with any additional course information that you may need.
To help you through your self isolation period, please join our dedicated Facebook Group, Isolation Bunker, for activities and updates. If you need any additional support or answers to questions, please check our Covid-19 FAQ or get in touch with AskBU.
Got all your vaccinations?
You can easily protect yourself by ensuring you’re equipped with the right vaccinations.
There are two vaccinations that you should ensure you have:
- MenACWY: protects you against meningitis and septicaemia (meningococcal disease), which can be fatal. The vaccine is administered through one injection to the upper arm and is free to all students under the age of 25.
- MMR: protects you against measles, mumps and rubella. Most are given this vaccination at two stages in their early childhood, first as a one-year-old and again at the age of three. However, in some cases people may be missing one or both of these doses and so if you are unsure you should check with your GP as a matter of urgency.
The flu vaccination is also offered every year to protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. It is offered free of charge on the NHS to those most at risk:
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- frontline health or social care workers
- pregnant women
- adults 65 and over
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- children in primary school.
Need a repeat prescription?
If you've already been issued a prescription for medication, you may be able to get a repeat prescription without seeing a GP. Call your GP or Medical Centre to find out more.
Please allow 48 hours before you go to collect your prescription.