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Flu; should YOU be immunised?!

Influenza or ‘Flu’ is a word that can fill even the healthiest of us with dread.   Flu is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and extreme fatigue. Other common symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting, a dry cough, sore throat, and runny or stuffy nose. For otherwise healthy adults, influenza […]

Getting appointments at SHS; easier than before!

Whats new?!   At Students’ Health Service we are constantly aiming to improve the service we provide. In response to patient feedback we have made some signficant changes to the options you will have for getting help from us. Whenever possible the website should be your first point of contact. New for this term you […]

Who should help me when I’m ill?

You may have noticed that when you call to book an appointment our receptionist will ask you if the health concern you have is ‘Something the nurse could help with?’. The reason for this is to try and ensure that our patients are seen by the correct professional from first contact with us. The receptionist […]

FODMAPS; not a catchy name but a very important food group!

FODMAPS; what’s that about then?! Fermentable Oligo Di Mono-saccharides And Polyols These are foods that have been found to make the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse. Therefore people diagnosed with, or who think they might have IBS, should follow a low FODMAP diet. FODMAPS don’t get digested easily, they ferment and create gas (wind) […]

Accessing health care over the holidays!

There are a number of ways to access health care in the UK during the vacation: If you are in or visiting Bristol, you can access care as usual from the Students’ Health Service. If you want advice about an ongoing issue for which we have seen you, please make a telephone appointment with a […]

It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health! #TimetoTalk

This weeks blog is a quiz! Time to stop the stigma surrounding mental ill health. See how much you know in the attached short quiz, via the link below. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page to see the Myth/ Fact quiz. Then spread the word. It’s OK to talk about mental health! http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/downloads […]

Is the Hippocratic Oath still relevant today?

There was a time when doctors swore an oath when they qualified, and in some medical schools they still do. We didn’t but I was curious to read the Hippocratic Oath, and to see if we missed out, and whether it still felt relevant in modern medicine. After all, 400BC is a long time ago! […]

Childhood Immunisations; everything you need to know

In the UK, all children are offered immunisations to protect them from potentially serious or life threatening diseases. The vaccination schedule begins at 8 weeks and at Students’ Health Service (SHS) we offer the full range of vaccines (except BCG). View the current routine immunisation schedule here. Once registered at SHS, you will be invited […]

Camping; a cure for insomnia?

I was fascinated to read a new bit of research published in August, when so many of our students were off camping. Sadly I don’t think festival camping will count, but if you were in the outback, somewhere with minimal night lights and sitting by the camp fire, then well done! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23530408   It seems […]

Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats – what you need to know…

Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats are very common particularly at this time of year. There is no magic cure for the common cold! There is no treatment that will shorten the length of the infection. Treatment aims to ease symptoms whilst your immune system clears the virus. Note: antibiotics do not kill viruses, so are […]

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