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BBQ safety!

Plan ahead for barbecue weather! The summer break has arrived for most students, and while the weather might not be as sunny and warm as we’d all hoped, there has been the odd day of great weather. Barbecues are one of the most popular social activities over the summer but before you dust off your […]

‘Safeguarding adults’; what does that mean?

Every adult has a right to respect dignity, privacy, equity and a life free from abuse. That is the firmly held belief of all those who work here at Students’ Health Service, and we see our role partly as being here to protect ‘vulnerable adults’. Many of us hear that phrase and think of adults […]

Feeling Pale and Pasty?!

Feeling pale and pasty? Feel like a quick visit to the tanning salon to use the sun bed? Think again…. Recent research published in the British Medical Journal has shown evidence that the increase in use of artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation such as indoor tanning devices like sun beds is associated with an increase […]

Online resources for medical matters

For someone who never went to medical school Dr Google seems to be an incredibly popular and sought after ‘specialist’.  A significant number of people will turn to the internet for information and advice before seeking professional help, and this is a good idea in the right context. There are some fantastic resources out there, […]

Running Late AGAIN?!

“OMG! She’s running late AGAIN! I’ve got a lecture in half an hour… what shall I do…? I’ll just wait for a bit and see… how can she always run late? What’s the point of booking an appointment time if I am never seen on time?! Grrrr…” Meanwhile, in a room down the corridor… “OMG […]

Art and Wellbeing

  Art and Wellbeing by Dr Emma Webb Appreciation of beauty is a part of maintaining happiness whether you find it in the arts, the natural world, human connections or other experiences. It has a positive effect on our sense of well being. Appreciation of art can enrich us through its message whether that is […]

Powdered willow bark for your headache?!

On a daily basis I am amazed by the number of students who have seemingly no idea what to take for their pain or fever. The same issue has been noticed by our colleagues at the local Emergency Department, who are somewhat frustrated with having to deal with people who haven’t yet tried a simple […]

Sit less, Move more!

Ignoring your parents, and other ways to save your life by John Wilford   “Don’t do that” “Put that down” “Don’t talk with your mouth full”  Familiar ‘instructions’ heard by kids, of all ages.  Now the truly disgusting ones…  “Sit down!” “Sit still!”  Mum, you got it so wrong.  If you are reading this sitting […]

I tried self hypnosis for my anxiety! You could too… a student writes…

When I approached the Students’ Health Service to seek help with my study-related anxiety, night-time panic attacks and insomnia, I was really not sure what to expect. Although I knew they would have heard it all before, I did not anticipate such swift and effective support. Dr Grant, who I was able to see within […]

The Change from Practice Nurse to Nurse Prescriber

I have worked as a Practice Nurse since 2001 and at Students’ Health Service (SHS) since 2003, completing various courses over these years – minor illness/injury, contraception, sexual health and travel health. As a result of this experience and knowledge, I felt the next step was to be able to prescribe for certain conditions that I […]

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