Students Staff

27 February 2015

Look after your Health and Wellbeing

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, Southend — Communications Office @ 4.47 pm

Be Meningitis Aware

Do you know the signs and symptoms of Meningitis?

Did you know that teenagers and young people are the second most at risk group for contracting meningitis and septicaemia with first year university students being at particular risk?

Students can be more vulnerable to meningitis because of living in cramped housing, or halls of residence. In many cases, young people come together from all over the world to live in one place and can be exposed to bacteria and viruses their bodies have not met before.

As the early symptoms of meningitis can disguise themselves as other things, such as common illnesses like flu, or maybe a hangover, it’s easy to mistake meningitis for something else.

Early recognition and treatment is vital – make sure you know the facts – check our online information for the signs and symptoms and look out for your friends and flatmates.

If you suspect someone has meningitis – get medical help IMMEDIATELY.

Vaccination does not protect against all types of meningitis, make sure you know the signs and symptoms to look out for. You can find out more here:


Registering with a Doctor – Don’t wait until you are ill!

If you’re a student studying on a course for more than six months, you’re required to register with a local doctor. You need to register for your whole period of study if you live on Campus or in the local surrounding area.

If you haven’t registered yet our Colchester Campus has its own health centre, situated behind Rayleigh Tower on the north side of campus, offering NHS services. You can find out more here:

If you are on our Loughton or Southend campuses, you can use the NHS Choices postcode finder to find your nearest doctor and register with them.


Do you have a health condition that is impacting on your studies?

If you have a health problem that is affecting your studies, please contact Student Support for support and advice,

We can talk to you about:

  • Communication with your department
  • Exam arrangements
  • Late submission and extenuating circumstances
  • Intermission/time away from your studies
  • ‘Listen Again’ recorded lecture service
  • Paying for NHS prescriptions and treatment
  • Wellbeing support


Worried about Exams?

Are you feeling stressed or anxious about your exams?  Advice and support are available from Student Support.  Please see our webpages for more information, including details about our ‘Mindfulness for Exams’ sessions:


Quick guide on using health services

  • Pharmacists can offer expert help and advice on medicines as well as ailments such as sore throats, colds and flu, hayfever, mouth problems, minor grazes and headaches.  The morning after pill can be purchased at the pharmacy.
  • NHS 111 provides a 24 hour health advice and information line. Just dial 111.elephone NHS 111
  • Your GP Surgery can offer you an appointment with a doctor or nurse to talk about a problem, if you need a repeat prescription or have an on-going medical condition.
  • Colchester Health Care Centre in Turner Road is open 7am – 10pm every day – no appointment is needed. You can call 01206 314015 to make an appointment.
  • To see a doctor in an emergency the Out of Hours service contact number is 111 or telephone your surgery for the automated response which will include an emergency number
  • Accident  & Emergency (A&E) is specifically for more serious medical issues.  In a critical or life threatening situation – go direct to your nearest A&E department. If you think immediate treatment by paramedics is needed call 999 for an ambulance.


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