Being away from home and managing a medical condition like diabetes, along with university life, can be hard. Socialising is a big part of student life and you're usually cooking for yourself too, so eating and drinking habits may be very different to what you're used to at home.
It's important to register with a GP when you start uni as this will give you access to local medical care. The Student Medical Centre on Talbot Campus is ideal as you can use this during term time and there is also an out of hours/term service nearby at Talbot Medical Centre and Northbourne Surgery.
It's a good idea to keep something on you to let people know that you have diabetes by carrying a card or wristband. If you fall ill, the emergency services will be able to help you much more quickly.
Remember, if you need emergency care, call 999 or go to your closest Emergency Department.
If you’re living in halls for your first year you may need to bring a fridge so that you can store your insulin in your room. Please get in contact with the halls management company or our Residential Services team at BU before you arrive so that they are aware. You may also be eligible for DSA funding - find out more.
Additional Learning Support
Students with Type 1 diabetes may need additional support during exams, such as eating or drinking to raise blood sugar levels, rest breaks or testing blood sugar levels. This is called an adjustment, which would be arranged via the Additional Learning Support team, and would mean that exams are carried out in a separate room. If you think that you'd be eligible for ALS support, or to find out more, contact the team direct.
Drop-in sessions at BU
BU are working with Bournemouth Hospital Diabetes & Endocrine Clinic (BDEC) to provide information and support for students who have Type 1 diabetes. There will be regular drop-in sessions on campus running every 6-8 weeks with the BDEC team where you can chat to other students who have diabetes, get advice about eating and drinking safely, what to do if you run out of supplies, how best to store and manage your insulin, or what to do if you're experiencing low mood. At the sessions you'll be able to meet the BDEC team, including Anne Milsom, Diabetes Specialist Transition Nurse, Dr Helen Partridge, Diabetes Consultant, and Lindsey Rouse, Clinical Psychologist. The team also runs social events - you can keep up to date with the BDEC Bertie Bites newsletter.
Drop-in sessions at the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus:
- The first drop-in of the year will be held on Thursday 14 November, 11am-1pm, in the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus.
- More dates TBC
Young Persons' Diabetes Clinic at Bournemouth Hospital
The clinic is especially for people aged 16 to 25, which aims to support you during this important time in your life, help you to take charge of your own healthcare and keep you in good health. To access the clinic you'll need to be referred by your GP. The team will then see you throughout the year to help you manage your diabetes and support you with any problems relating to your diabetes.
If you need to attend the clinic, please contact the team on 01202 704888 or 01202 704400, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. If the team is not available you can leave a message and someone will return your call. Visit the Bournemouth Hospital website for more information.
How to get to Bournemouth Hospital by bus:
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day takes place on 14 November every year. Find out more on the Diabetes UK website.