NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging University of Bolton students to make sure they go to the right place if they are injured or unwell over the coming months.
Remember; keep A&E for those who really need it.
So, whether it’s ‘freshers flu’, a hangover, or a sporting injury, students are being encouraged to swot up on their local health services and get the right answer when their knowledge is put to the test!
‘Self care’ is the best choice for many minor illnesses and injuries. For a nasty bout of ‘fresher’s flu’ (or a cold!), this would mean rest, paracetamol, and plenty of water. Keeping a few basic medicines to hand can be really useful – just in case! Bolton’s local pharmacies are a great place to go for expert advice and over the counter medicines. Pharmacists are available without an appointment, so it’s quick and easy to pop in between lectures. The nearest pharmacy and its opening hours are available at www.nhs.uk/service-search.
GPs are highly skilled in treating ongoing health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, and have access to a patient’s full medical records. It is important that all students who have moved to Bolton are registered with a GP practice here. This means you can receive emergency care if you need it and access health services quickly and easily.
Students can register with any local GP practice. It’s easy to find the nearest to your university accommodation using the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/service-search. Students should then contact the surgery to find out if they are registering new patients. The practice will need an NHS number to register a new patient.
A GP only has access to a patient’s full medical records if they are registered with that practice, so it is particularly important for those with ongoing conditions to register with a local practice.
If you are unwell over the holidays, you can still visit a GP practice in your home town as a visiting patient. The GP out of hours service is there to help with urgent health problems when practices are closed. A&E is designed to treat people with serious and life threatening conditions only and the doctors and nurses are specially trained to do this important job.
Dr Barry Silvert, Clinical Director for Commissioning at NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“We have all heard about the recent pressures on A&E departments nationally. A major factor behind this is the number of frail elderly patients with serious and complex health conditions who need to be in hospital. The CCG is calling on Bolton’s students to do the right thing, as it is now more important than ever to keep A&E for those who need it.
University is a busy time and I know this will not be a priority for many of our town’s students, but why spend time waiting in A&E when you would have been better off going somewhere else? Let’s make it better Bolton!”
The Better Bolton campaign will continue over the coming months. For more information on alternatives to A&E, students should visit www.letsmakeitbolton.co.uk.
Counselling Service: www.counselling-directory.org.uk
The purpose of the site is to ultimately provide the UK with a huge support network of counsellors and organisations, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully help those students who may be feeling distressed, find some support. The site contains a wealth of information about different emotional disorders and useful articles written by qualified counsellors which will hopefully help them to realise that they are not alone and help is at hand.
If the student decides that they would like to speak to someone, they can contact a counsellor or organisation in your area in complete confidence. The directory lists charities and organisations who offer their services free of charge and many counsellors also offer student concessions. If you decide you wish to contact a private counsellor, fees are quoted on your personal profiles with their qualifications and experience.
They have checked that every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to the website owners, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.
For the students to find the directory easily please follow the link to their website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk