We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break. In this article, you’ll find information about health services you can access, as well as tips to keep you and your University home safe.
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 Christmas, 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 over the Christmas period:
Health advice can be accessed via Brownlow Health’s secure online services. The service enables you to make and cancel appointments, receive test results, update your contact details, and order repeat prescriptions online. Brownlow Health also offers extended access via email and telephone appointments.
You can register easily online via the Brownlow Health website or contact the practice via telephone on 0151 285 4578.
University of Liverpool students registered with Brownlow Health can also make use of the new NHS App.
The first official NHS App, which is currently in the final stages of testing, will enable all patients to access a range of healthcare services on their smartphone or tablet when it launches across the country in 2019.
Brownlow is one of 30 GP practices across the country which has been selected to test the app, and patients who are registered at those practices are able to access the technology early as part of a trial period.
The app allows patients to:
· check their symptoms and get immediate advice
· book and manage appointments at their GP practice
· order their repeat prescriptions from wherever they are
· securely view their GP medical record, and more.
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.
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.
To keep your property safe, follow these top tips:
Visit the Liverpool Student Homes website for more information on home security.
Many of you will spend some time visiting the various pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants in the area. Follow these simple tips to make sure you plan a safe night out:
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