Sidney and Cambridge offer a wealth of information and support to help you through your time at University.

Please read through each section and make sure you check the key documents and GP Registration link in the sidebar.

Welcome from the College Nurse

Dear Sidney students,

Congratulations on being a successful Sidney applicant. This Freshers' Health and Wellbeing section contains lots of important information that you will need to read before coming to Cambridge.

Whilst I am available (on a part-time basis) to support you and any health needs you may have during your time at Sidney Sussex, you must also register with a GP Surgery (General Practitioner Surgery) in Cambridge which you should do online before you arrive.

As the College Nurse I am here to assist with a wide range of health and welfare needs. This includes assessment, support and advice for students experiencing minor illnesses and injuries, mental health issues or more general support for all manner of worries and personal or emotional issues. If more specialised help or treatment is required, I will help refer you or point you in the right direction whether via your GP, University Counselling Service or other local service.

This term, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am having to adapt how I work and sadly will not be able to welcome you all by offering face-to-face appointments. However I will be offering 20 minute individual appointments via video call on Microsoft Teams or by phone to all of you who have any health conditions including a serious allergy, anyone who has any concerns, worries or questions or anyone who would just like to check in and say hello.

More details will be shared with you about how to book an appointment nearer the start of term. If you need to contact me before then you can email me nurse@sid.cam.ac.uk.

Around the 10 - 11 September I will send an email to your @cam.ac.uk email address with a link to a personalised online health questionnaire (if this doesn’t arrive please check your junk folder). This will be the basis to your College health notes during your time at Sidney Sussex so please give as comprehensive information as possible.  This needs to be completed by Friday 18 September.

There is some useful information on the University website on health-related matters at Cambridge and you can access a Student Guide to using the NHS in Cambridge

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.  

With best wishes.

Mary Lindsell, College Nurse

Registering with a General Practitioner (GP)

The College requires all students to register with a local NHS GP Surgery (General Practitioner Surgery). Registering with a GP in Cambridge does not stop you from consulting your family doctor during vacations although you will be asked to complete a temporary resident form on these occasions.

Below are the details of a few GP Surgeries that are closest to Sidney Sussex and/or close to the lecture sites. Discover further options for GP Surgeries.

GP Surgery

Online Registration information

Bridge Street Medical Centre,

2 All Saints Passage

(off Bridge St). www.bridgestreetmedicalcentre.com

https://www.bridgestreetmedicalcentre.com/registration/

 

Newnham Walk Surgery,

Wordsworth Grove.

They have a 2nd surgery in the City Centre on the 1st floor of Boots pharmacy.

www.newnhamwalksurgery.nhs.uk

https://www.newnhamwalksurgery.nhs.uk/new-patients-2

 

Trumpington Street Medical Practice,

Trumpington Street. www.trumpingtonstreetmedicalpractice.co.uk

https://www.trumpingtonstreetmedicalpractice.co.uk/join-the-practice

 

Please ensure you prioritise registering with a GP as soon as you can, rather than waiting until you need to see a doctor. 

UK Students: It is recommended that you register online with your new surgery ONE WEEK BEFORE coming to Cambridge (you shouldn’t do this earlier in case you need to see a GP before leaving home). Please note that once you complete online registration your medical notes will transfer to your new surgery so make sure that you have adequate supplies of any prescription-only medicine that you require before you switch surgeries.

Non-UK Students: You can complete an online GP registration at your chosen surgery at any time before you arrive in the UK but please do this at least a week before you are due to arrive.

To register at a local GP surgery, you will need the following information:

NHS card or NHS number (UK Nationals and anyone who has registered with a GP in the UK previously will have an NHS number). Non-UK students who have not registered with a GP in the UK previously will receive an NHS number following GP registration.  Keep your NHS number safe as you will only ever get one NHS number. Please see link for more information about NHS entitlement as an overseas student: https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/arriving/healthcare-uk and direct any queries you have about this to the International Student Office Name and address of your previous GP. A copy of your immunisation history (obtainable from your existing GP). Once you have registered, please complete the online GP Registration Form.

If you are receiving medical treatment or taking medication, bring with you a doctor's certificate (in English) confirming the treatment and/or any medication you are receiving. If you need ongoing medication in the UK, the GP surgery will explain how they arrange repeat prescriptions for when you are anticipating your first supply of medication to run out. It can take up to 48hrs to obtain a repeat prescription but it’s a very good idea to come with at least a 4 week supply so there is plenty of time to sort out your medication.

Please note that GPs reserve the right not to prescribe certain medication and not all medication from outside the UK is available on the NHS. Your GP will sometimes be unable to prescribe the medication you are taking because it is not used here or because of NHS prescribing restrictions. If you have specialised medication or you are in any doubt, you are advised to bring a supply with you.

UK phone number

Please be aware that if a GP or other NHS service needs to contact you by ‘phone, which happens quite commonly, particularly at the moment as less face-to-face consultations are taking place, you will need a UK phone number so please get a UK SIM as soon as possible. 

Additional Information for Non-UK Students

Long Term Health Conditions

As well as the above, please bring documentary evidence from your doctor (in English) as confirmation for any existing long term health conditions. If you have long term health concerns, you should ask for an appointment to discuss your needs. The GP will give you relevant information about clinics, vaccines or prescriptions.

Ongoing Medication

If you are receiving medical treatment or taking medication, bring with you a doctor's certificate (in English) confirming the treatment and/or any medication you are receiving. If you need ongoing medication in the UK, the GP surgery will explain how they arrange repeat prescriptions for when you are anticipating your first supply of medication to run out. It can take up to 48hrs to obtain a repeat prescription but it’s a very good idea to come with at least a 4 week supply so there is plenty of time to sort out your medication.

Please note that GPs reserve the right not to prescribe certain medication and not all medication from outside the UK is available on the NHS. Your GP will sometimes be unable to prescribe the medication you are taking because it is not used here or because of NHS prescribing restrictions. If you have specialised medication or you are in any doubt, you are advised to bring a supply with you.

UK phone number

Please be aware that if a GP or other NHS service needs to contact you by ‘phone, which happens quite commonly, particularly at the moment as less face-to-face consultations are taking place, you will need a UK phone number so please get a UK SIM as soon as possible. 

GP Registration Form

Once you have registered with a GP, please complete the GP Registration Form.

Vaccination Information

It is really important that your vaccinations are up-to-date before you come to Cambridge. If you don’t have a record of your immunisations, the easiest thing to do is to contact your GP Surgery and ask for a print out of your immunisation history. You will also receive a letter from the University that you can give to your Surgery to check that you have received the required vaccinations and asking you to provide the Tutorial Office with a letter from your GP/Specialist if you are a student at increased risk of infectious diseases such as Covid-19.

Meningitis – all students under 25 are strongly advised to have the Men ACWY vaccination before arriving in Cambridge. 

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) - students are strongly advised to have 2 doses of the MMR vaccination before arriving. There were cases of mumps and measles amongst Cambridge students last year.

Tuberculosis (TB) – International students arriving from certain countries will be required to undertake a TB test as part of their visa application. Find out if you need a TB test on the Government website.

Influenza (Flu) -If you suffer from chronic lung, heart, kidney or liver disease, have diabetes or are otherwise immunosuppressed, you should already be offered a free annual flu jab

This year it would be a good idea for everyone to consider having a ‘flu vaccine. Unless you have an underlying health condition you won’t qualify for a free ‘flu vaccine but you can book to have it from mid-late September onwards at a pharmacy such as Boots, Lloyds or Superdrug. The cost is usually around £10-12 and you will be able to book an appointment online nearer the time.

In some countries it is difficult to get Meningitis ACWY vaccination or MMR.  If this is the case, once you have registered with Newnham Walk Surgery you can ‘phone and request an appointment to have the vaccination. MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccination is free for students aged 25 years and under.

Health Checklist

A helpful checklist for you to print is under 'Downloads', please make sure you bring these items with you or purchase them as soon as you can.

College Health Records and Confidentiality

Please read through the information in 'Downloads' so that you are clear on how the College collects and stores your Health records.