Archive for the 'minor illness' Category

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 […]

Cough it up! When your cough needs a doctor…

It’s the beginning of the new academic year and all you can hear is coughing. Lecture theatres full of students hacking away, and the same in your flatmate’s room, or the shared lounge. Well don’t worry it’s common, and rarely anything to worry about. It is normal for a cough to last up to 3 […]

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 […]

World Immunisation Week 24 – 30 April 2014; “Are you up-to-date?”

Back in 2012 I watched a BBC documentary ‘Ewan Macgregor: Cold Chain Mission’ http://www.unicef.org.uk/asp/cold-chain-ewan-mcgregor/index.asp. This filmed the actor’s mission as an ambassador of UNICEF to deliver vaccines, and immunise children in some of the world’s remotest places. This particular programme followed his journey to India and Nepal and highlighted the incredible journey he made trekking […]

‘Golden age’ of antibiotics ‘set to end’

My last blog ‘More to pharmacies than meet the eye’ highlighted the increased services pharmacies now provide and that they are an excellent first ‘port of call’ for advice and treatment options if you are feeling unwell with a minor illness. At the same time as writing this, another article in the BBC health news […]

More to Pharmacies than meets the eye

Did you know that perhaps one in seven GP appointments could be dealt with by pharmacies? This equates to 40million appointments per year. You may think of your local pharmacy as just a place to pick up your prescriptions or toiletries – but there is more to a pharmacy than meets the eye. A recent […]

Flu’ – don’t let it spoil your Christmas break

We all get coughs and colds over the winter months, but Influenza (aka ‘Flu’) can really spoil your Christmas break. The saying goes that you can differentiate between Flu and a simple cold by the infamous £50 flu test…   ‘If there was a £50 note on the floor, would you get out of bed […]

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 […]

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 […]