New students

Health services

Canterbury campus

The University Medical Centre is an on-campus specialist GP practice providing medical care tailored to meet all the health needs of students at the University.  All services are completely confidential.

We strongly advise you to register with a doctor's surgery close to your term-time accommodation in order to receive treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). If you are living on, or within six miles of the Canterbury campus should register with the University Medical Centre.  You can start to register with the University Medical Centre before you arrive on campus. Your registration will be completed when you have been issued with your Kent ID number and student accommodation address.

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Medway campus

There is a first aid/medical room in the Medway Building (Room M0-04) where you can seek medical advice from a Nurse Practitioner from the Sunlight Surgery. The Sunlight Surgery Clinic will be held on Thursdays during term-time from 11.45 - 14.15. The clinic is nurse practitioner led with GP back up at the Sunlight Surgery.

The clinic is aimed at ailments that need an urgent appointment, for example:

  • a sudden onset of abdominal pain
  • a productive cough
  • sore throats
  • urinary infections
  • morning after pill.

These clinics are primarily for patients registered at the Sunlight Surgery, but the Nurse Practitioner does have the ability to register patients at the point of contact.

About the Sunlight Centre Surgery

The Sunlight Centre Surgery is a specialist GP practice providing medical care tailored to meet all the health needs of students at Medway. The practice is located off-campus at 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham; tel 01634 338668. For a full range of services available and opening times, please visit their website

Registering with a doctor

You should register with a local doctor near to your accommodation in order to receive treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). A list of medical practices in the Medway area is available from medwaystudentservices@kent.ac.uk

If you are unable to register with a local doctor because the waiting list is closed, please contact Student Services. The nearest hospital with A&E services is Medway Maritime Hospital

Medway Maritime Hospital
Windmill Road
Gillingham
Tel: 01634 830000

Further information

Please contact student services by email at medwaystudentservices@kent@ac.uk. Alternatively, call 01634 88 8474.

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Ensure you are fully immunised (all students)

In order to achieve maximum protection it is very important that you have been immunised against Meningococcal ACWY and measles, mumps and rubella (the MMR vaccine) before attending university.

Meningococcal infections (including Meningococcal ACWY)

There has been a small increase in the rate of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in recent years. Young people attending higher education for the first time are at greater risk of this disease, particularly in the first few weeks of their first term. In the UK, there is now a nationwide immunisation programme through schools to vaccinate those most at risk but, if you have taken a gap year or longer you may have missed out on this.

In order to achieve maximum protection it is very important that you have been immunised against meningitis (the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine) and measles, mumps and rubella (the MMR vaccine) before attending university. If you are unable to receive immunisation in your home area we will be able to carry it out on your arrival, but you must make an appointment to be seen at the University Medical Centre as soon after your arrival as possible. The MenACWY vaccine is available to new university entrants, including international students, if you are a first year entrant and up to 25 years of age. The vaccine also protects against MenC.

Before starting university:

  • you are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccination when offered by your GP

From the beginning of the new academic term:

  • Canterbury students should register with the University Medical Centre
  • Medway students should register with a local GP and those living in Liberty Quays can register at the Sunlight Centre Surgery
  • You should request the MenACWY vaccination from your new GP if you did not receive the vaccine before starting at Kent.

Further information:

 

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Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

During the last few years a number of universities, including Kent, have seen an increase in cases of mumps among students. This can be a debilitating illness in young people with the possible risk of complications.

The Department of Health advises that all those entering higher education should have two immunisations against MMR. Please ensure that you are fully immunised before you arrive at the University. If you have not been immunised, please arrange this with your family doctor.

Other infections

Robust plans are in place to deal with outbreaks of infectious diseases amongst students and there is close collaboration between the University Medical Centre and Local Health Protection Agencies. Please ensure that you have with you supplies such as paracetamol and paper tissues to deal with minor illnesses. For further information about the management of minor illness, visit the University Medical Centre's website

Be prepared!

New students will sometimes suffer from minor illnesses in their first term, often referred to as 'Fresher's Flu'. It is important that you come to university prepared and able to help yourself.

Bring paracetamol, ibruprofen, a first aid kit, antibacterial hand gel, tissues and any other comfort items that may help, such as a hot water bottle, heat pad or instant ice packs. For further information about the management of minor illnesses, please visit the Medical Centre website. There is also a nurse available at the Canterbury campus every day during term-time.

The opening hours of the Nursing Service are 7am - midnight and after midnight for emergency purposes only, via Campus Security on 01227 823300. The nurse can be found at the University Nursing Service, EG3, Keynes College.


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Last Updated: 24/07/2017