The College Nurse, Maria Gloag is available to offer confidential advice and support to students and staff of Hughes Hall. Maria is available to help with a wide variety of health and welfare needs, ranging from help and advice with minor illnesses and injuries to support for emotional issues.
If more specialised help or treatment is required, she will help refer you or point you in the right direction whether via your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local services. She can also dispense from a range of over-the-counter medicines.
Appointments with the College Nurse are for 20 minutes face-to-face contact with a 10 minute break in between appointments to enable treatment planning, note taking and correspondence . If you have a complex issue which you think will take more time to discuss please book two consecutive appointments. Students can book up to two appointments at a time. If you require more than this please email the College nurse (email@example.com ) to discuss your needs.
There is a list of self-help books held in the college library available here.
In the UK, a local medical doctor is referred to as a ‘General Practitioner’ – often abbreviated to ‘GP’.
As a new student you should register with a GP in Cambridge as soon as you can when you first arrive in the city, that way you can receive emergency care if you need it and access health services quickly and easily while you’re at University.
There is information about registering with a Cambridge GP here.
There is a list of local GP practices here.
Information shared with the Nurse is confidential. If it is in your interest for information to be shared with other Health Professionals or University Staff, then informed consent will be gained first. However, confidentiality will need to be broken if there appears to be a serious imminent risk, or if there are serious illegal activities where there is a risk to your own or others’ safety. In this situation informed consent will be gained wherever possible, but your safety and that of others will take priority.
A notice about GDPR and your nursing records explains why nursing records are kept, how your information may be stored, how it is kept safe and confidential and your rights in relation to this.