For comprehensive information on all health and wellbeing matters visit NHS information for students.
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It is important that you register with a dentist and have a check up at least every six months. Visit Getting NHS dental treatment in Scotland for more information, and to find a dentist visit Find your local services on NHS 24.
There is no National Health Service General Practitioner (GP) service available in the University. To find your nearest GP visit Find your local services on NHS 24.
In an emergency phone 999 for the emergency services (police, ambulance, fire brigade or coastguard).
If you have a disability, long term health condition or a temporary health condition that is likely to affect how quickly and safely you can exit University buildings in an emergency, you may need information about our evacuation procedures and a personal evacuation plan; for example, if you are a wheelchair user or have significant mobility, vision or hearing problems. You may also need information and a plan in other circumstances, for example if you have a broken limb or you are pregnant and this is affecting your mobility.
Visit the Health & Safety pages for more information.
To find your nearest hospital in Edinburgh visit Find your local services on NHS 24.
One of the occupational hazards of the intense concentrations that students have to endure is eye strain, and a whole assortment of eye problems. Everyone should visit an optician at least once a year. To find an optician visit Find your local services on NHS 24.
University support for pregnant students and those with young babies
STIs, their existence, symptoms and consequences are very serious and it is worthwhile being aware of the uncomfortable, and sometimes lethal, problems of unprotected sex. The main problem with many STIs is that they can be carried unwittingly and therefore transmitted unknowingly to sexual partners. Contact your GP if you have any concerns. Visit the STIs pages from the NHS for more information.
From August 2015, all UK school leavers will be invited for the Men ACWY vaccine by their local GP practice. The MenACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia; meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. The vaccine is also available to new university entrants including international students, if they are a first year entrant up to 25 years of age. An aggressive strain of the bug has caused cases of the disease increase and all first year university entrants are encouraged to register with a GP and request the vaccination before starting university. New students who have moved away from home should also register with a GP and request the MenACWY immunisation from their new GP if they did not receive the vaccine before starting university.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. However, it's now uncommon in the UK because of the effectiveness of the MMR vaccination. The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you are infected.
These can include:
After a few days, a red-brown spotty rash will appear. This usually starts behind the ears and then spreads around the head and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.
Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children. It’s most recognisable by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears (the parotid glands), giving a person with mumps a distinctive "hamster face" appearance.
Other symptoms include:
Rubella (also known as German measles) is a viral infection that used to be common in children. It is usually a mild condition that gets better without treatment in seven to 10 days.