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Summer is almost here! Whether you are staying in Liverpool, travelling abroad or visiting relatives and friends here are some tips to help you to have a happy, healthy and safe summer.
Accessing health services
There are a number of health services on campus and in the city for students.
If you’re registered with Student Health in Liverpool, but are going back home to spend time with friends and family over the summer, there are still some simple and effective ways you can access health advice.
Here’s a run-down of what health services you can access and where:
Health advice can be accessed via Brownlow Health’s secure online services. The service allows you to contact a doctor online and send secure messages to the practice, as well as book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view your medical record.
Your local pharmacist will offer consultations and provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses.
All students are entitled to free prescriptions up to the age of 19, when statutory prescription prices will then apply.
Aged 19 or over and need a free prescription? Please ask at reception in Student Health or the Student Health Advice Centre (SHAC) at Carnatic Halls for a HC1 form, which may entitle you to free prescriptions after the age of 19.
Walk-in centres are nurse-led services at sites across the city, which provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. They also give confidential health advice. Their opening times vary and information can be found on the NHS website. No appointment is needed.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
If you do choose to see a GP in the place where you are spending the holidays, you may be seen by registering with them as a temporary resident only. This temporary GP should ask you to complete a GMS3 form, so that when you return to Liverpool you can remain with your permanent GP.
For access to GP support and advice at the weekend, please phone your GP practice number and you will be directed to the out-of-hours service. Keep a pen and paper handy to jot any information down.
Hospital accident and emergency is for serious illness or accidents that need urgent treatment in hospital.
If you are unsure whether you need to visit hospital, please ring your GP practice or attend the walk-in centre for advice.
To access free, local sexual health advice and services, such as free contraception including Intra Uterine Devices (IUD) and emergency contraception, or for information regarding sexually shared infections or pregnancy testing, please visit the Sexual Health Liverpool website, where you will find lots of useful information.
For further Information about all health services for students at the University, please contact Brownlow Health on 0151 285 4578 or visit the Brownlow Health website.
If you need to talk to someone in confidence the Samaritans have a 24 hour crisis line which is free to call: 116 123. You can also contact the local branch at 25 Clarence Street, Liverpool L3 5TN which is close to the main campus. You can phone them on 0151 708 88 88 (charges will apply). You can also email or write to the Samaritans, more information is available on their website at: http://www.samaritans.org.
Other useful organisations and resources include:
Protect your property
To keep your property safe, follow these top tips:
Many of you will be planning to celebrate the end of exams and assessments by visiting pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants. Follow these simple tips to make sure you plan a safe night out:
Have a great summer!
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