New students arriving in Bristol this September are being urged to register with their local GP to ensure they can access the right health care when they need it.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is encouraging all students to make time to register with a practice as they are settling into university life.
GP surgeries provide a range of services by appointment including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions as well vaccinations and blood tests. Many practices also offer advice over the phone and online.
Registering with a local practice is quick and easy and can save time in the long run. New patients can collect a registration form from the practice reception or online and may also be required to provide proof of address and photo ID such as a driving licence.
Dr Martin Jones, Medical Director of Commissioning and Primary Care at BNSSG CCG said:
I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to all new students who are arriving in Bristol this September to begin their studies. We want all students to stay healthy and well during their time in Bristol and to help with this we’re reminding them to register with their local GP practice. Once registered, students will be able to book appointments and get the right care when they need it. It also means their GP will have access to their medical records and can see their full medical history when they come in for an appointment without any delays.
GPs can help with non-urgent illnesses or injuries that won’t go away as well as providing advice on contraception and ways to access mental health services.
Students with a medical condition who are eligible for the free flu vaccination, and have not yet received it, are particularly encouraged to register with a GP to ensure they are protected as flu season approaches.
Professor Sarah Purdy, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Bristol, added:
We’re delighted to be welcoming our new cohort of students to Bristol this term. We want to support all of our students to stay healthy during their studies and recommend that they register with a GP or the University’s Student Health Services, which is a full NHS GP service for students and their dependants, to ensure they can access medical services if and when they need them.
Urgent medical advice can also be accessed by going to 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 where fully trained advisors are on hand to direct patients to the most appropriate care.