Whether you need to register with a doctor, or you'd like some medical advice, there are a variety of services available to you:
- Use the eConsult service and speak to a doctor online
- Speak to a local pharmacy for minor illnesses
- Call NHS 111
- Call Talbot Medical Centre* in Wallisdown, 63 Kinson Road, BH10 4BX on 01202 636400
- Download the NHS App.
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.
*Please note: Our Student Medical Centre at BU is currently closed due to staff assisting with Covid vaccinations at the main Talbot Medical Centre.
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 email email@example.com. We'll then be able to advise you of the next steps and arrange for support to help you while you need to stay at home. Read how to report a Covid positive test for further information.
You will also need to let your accommodation provider know that you are self-isolating. Our WDO 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.