Our Health Centre is conveniently located on the Colchester Campus, with experienced doctors who specialise in student health.
The Medical Team includes doctors, nurse practitioners and a health care assistant who provide a comprehensive service including a nurse triage system which enables patients with urgent problems to be seen on the day.
Under University regulations you are required to register with a local doctor for the duration of your studies. You are advised to download the medical questionnaire which will be available shortly, further down this page, and take this with you at your registration appointment at the Health Centre.
Student Medical Questionnaire
You must attend one of the Health Centre registration sessions during Welcome Week. The Doctors will be providing Meningitis C Vaccinations (free of charge) to all new students this year at registration. You will receive an appointment date and time for this in your Welcome Pack in your room when you arrive at University. The pack will also contain a copy of the medical questionnaire to complete (if not done via the download) prior to registering.
Meningitis C Leaflet
Please read on to find out information you need about accessing health care as a student. It also explains who is entitled to register for NHS care and gives details of the clinics and services that are offered.
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Ebola Virus Implications
Increasing case numbers and extended geographical spread may increase the risk for UK citizens engaged in humanitarian aid and healthcare delivery in the affected areas.
It is unlikely but not impossible that people infected in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone could arrive in the UK while incubating the disease, and then develop symptoms after their return (the incubation period of EVD ranges from 2 to 21 days). Although there have been several previous outbreaks of EVD, exportation of the virus from an outbreak to a non-endemic country has historically been an exceptionally rare event, and has never occurred in the UK. However, no previous outbreak has been as widespread and resistant to management/control as the current one.
Although the likelihood of imported cases is low, it is important for patients to remain vigilant if they have visited areas affected by viral haemorrhagic fever and who develop unexplained illness. Patients should receive rapid medical attention and be asked about potential risk factors and the details of their recent travel if:
they have recently visited any of the affected areas
report any of the following symptoms, particularly of sudden onset, within 21 days of visiting affected areas:
o sore throat
o profuse diarrhoea and vomiting (which has been a notable feature in the current outbreak)
o general malaise
Viral haemorrhagic fever should be suspected in individuals with a fever [> 38oC] or history of fever in the previous 24 hours who have visited an affected area within 21 days (or who have cared for or come into contact with body fluids or clinical specimens from a live or dead individual or animal known or strongly suspected to have viral haemorrhagic fever)