All students should be registered with a doctor or general practitioner. This GP should be based at a surgery in your local area. It’s not always seen as a priority in the rush of freshers’ week, but it really is something you should do within your first month as a student.
You may be lucky and keep general good health, but that won’t stop you picking up an infection or falling ill over your time here as a student. At this point, you may need treatment, prescription medication and/or a medical certificate to cover your absence from class or an assessment. This needs you to be registered with a GP.
You may also need to switch surgeries if you move around the city as a student. For information on doctors’ surgeries, look up the phonebook and get someone in your area by checking the postcode and address.
Spread through a virus carried in airborne droplets, this disease is on the rise especially among the 16-25 year old age group. Those in higher and further education, especially those in university residences and sharing accommodation, are especially at risk. In rare cases, men may become infertile after contracting mumps.
headache, lethargy and swelling of the salivary glands (cheeks/side of the jaw). Some men will develop swelling of the testes.
What to Do:
To avoid mumps everyone under 25 should ensure they have had at least 2 doses of MMR vaccine. See your GP.
If you experience the symptoms of mumps, stay off university for at least 10 days. Also, as the disease can also affect foetuses, minimise contact with pregnant women.
Meningitis and Septicimia:
Meningitis and septicimia are potential killer diseases. If contracted, they can advance very quickly. The incidence of these diseases has more than doubled among young adults in recent years. They are spread through intimate contact, like kissing. First year students and people under 25 can get immunised against some forms of meningitis. Check this out with your GP.
As many students are part of the “at risk” group, you need to know how to recognise the signs in one another and take swift action to get help.
You don’t need to show signs of all these symptoms, but here are some of them: severe headache, unexplained drowsiness, tiny pin-prick rash turning quite quickly into purple bruises or blood blisters, stiff neck, vomiting, fever or flu-like symptoms, dislike of bright lights, rapid breathing, cold hands and feet, feeling as if you’ve got a bad hangover or are coming off drugs.
What to Do:
Do not go to bed to sleep it off – this could be fatal.
You need urgent medical help.
Tell someone – maybe a flatmate or colleague- and ask for help.
Never leave a flat-mate or friend with what look like the symptoms of meningitis or septicimia. S/he might need you to summon medical assistance.
You can make an appointment by telephoning 229 8791 or send an e-mail with your enquiry. We will aim to see you as soon as possible and within three working days during term-time.
You can also check out the Student Survival Guide for more advice. Pick up a copy from NSA at 12 Merchiston Place.