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Contraception! Get it sorted with Students’ Health Service…

Congratulations and welcome to Bristol, a fantastic city to study in and with endless fun to be had…Fresher’s week, parties, music venues, new friends, new surroundings and, last but not least, a new university course to get to grips with!   So before you get stuck in, get all your contraceptive needs sorted with us! […]

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today; What do you need to know?

Antibiotics awareness week 14-20 November 2016   This annual, global event aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and encourage people to preserve the antibiotics we have to save lives.   You must have heard the news about antibiotics becoming less effective in treating infections, and you may have seen frightening media reports about antibiotic […]

Thesis getting you down? Read this! Help is here…

It has been said that the letters Ph.D. really stand for Permanent Head Damage rather than Doctor of Philosophy. Sadly it’s not uncommon for doctoral candidates to experience mental health related difficulties during their studies. Some of this can be down to the nature of the degree. Candidates have to spend a lot of time […]

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 […]

Why does the receptionist need to know what is wrong with me?

Written by a receptionist at SHS; This quote recently appeared on my Facebook feed: “It takes seven years to train a doctor and 2 minutes for the receptionist to think she’s one as well”.   I think this highlights the popular misconception that receptionists are either nosey or intentionally obstructive (and are always female!).  In fact, […]

Meningitis; what is it? What to watch for!

What is it? Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining that covers the brain and spinal cord.  It is caused by bacterial or viral infections.  The bacterial form can be fatal and causes serious long term health complications – especially if not treated early. How do you get it? Close contact is needed to pass […]

Boost your finances this New Year- Stop smoking!

If you need motivation other than possibly saving over £270 a month (20/day @£9) then read on about the benefits of stopping. Better sex– Stopping smoking improves the body’s blood flow, so improves sensitivity. Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find that their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily. […]

National Stress Awareness Day 2015- a reflection by a Student Health Service (SHS) GP

Yesterday was the UK’s ‘National Stress Awareness Day’. As part of this, the ‘International Stress Management Association’ has produced some excellent resources to help combat stress that can be accessed using the following link: http://www.isma.org.uk/about-national-stress-awareness_2015/nsad-free-downloads/ Reading the material on this website led me to reflect on how much of the work I do as a […]

Sports injury? What to do, when to do it and why it matters

For many of you, the summer break means relaxing and perhaps doing less sport. Now that you are back at Uni and doing familiar, and in some cases, new sports, your fitness and agility are being challenged. If that results in joint, muscle or ligament injury, it can mean not only pain and swelling, it […]

DNP; a toxic choice for slimming/ body building. Beware!

GPs have recently received notice from Public Health England advising us about patients using a chemical known as DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol) to supposedly aid with loss of weight, or body building. There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases since 2013. Use of this chemical, sold as ‘fat burners’ or food supplements, has […]

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