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Smart thinking for Freshers’ Week

If you’re gearing up for university it’s an exciting time especially with the prospect of a fun filled Freshers’ Week!

If this is your first time living away from home, it’s inevitable you’ll be ill or injured at some point over the next few years. It can be difficult to know what to do or where to go for advice.

So we’ve put together some information to help point you in the right direction and help you keep fit and healthy during term time.

Freshers Week is a fun time and great way of easing yourself into student life, meeting new people and living away from home. But some people can over indulge in takeaway foods, too much alcohol and taking up sports they’ve not played for years! Here’s what you need to know to keep you on your feet…

  • Sprained your ankle? Sprains can be treated using RICE therapy – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Apply an ice pack to your ankle and take paracetamol and ibuprofen to ease the pain. Keep your leg elevated and rest it. It can take up to two weeks before it’ll start to feel normal.
  • Freshers’ Flu  – Living in close quarters means infectious illnesses, such as colds and flu, can spread rapidly. If you’re eligible for a free flu jab, make sure you have it. Most pharmacies offer it now, so no need to go into your GP practice. Keep hands clean with regular washing with soap and water and make sure you sneeze into a tissue and put it straight in the bin.  Pharmacists can help with many minor illnesses. They are trained medical professionals and will use their clinical expertise to advise you on the best over the counter remedies to help ease symptoms.
  • Urgent but not an emergency? The NHS111 service is for when it’s urgent but not an emergency. Simply dialling 111 will put the caller in touch with the NHS. The call handler will ask you a series of questions to direct you to the service that’s right for you depending on symptoms, where you are and what help you need.
  • Make sure you don’t run out of medication if you have a long-term condition – It’s important that students who have a long-term health condition, such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy, have enough medication. Those registered with a GP practice can sign up for GP online services, so repeat prescriptions and GP appointments can be made online. Simply take two forms of photo ID to the GP reception and complete a form.
  • Register with a GP on your campus – If you’re not going to be going home for several weeks make sure you take time to register with a local GP.  Most will be at the Freshers Fair it’s easy to sign-up there and then.
  • Vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia –Students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly. Freshers should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine before starting university. If that’s not possible, you should have it as soon as you arrive. Click here for more.

Saving the website www.nhs.uk to mobile phones is a great idea. Check out symptoms and look for local health advice online.

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