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Nurse and Counsellor

We are here to support your health and wellbeing

The College Nurse, Debbie Ellis, offers confidential advice and support to students and staff of Hughes Hall. Maria is available to help with health and welfare needs, ranging from minor illnesses and injuries to support for emotional issues.

If more specialised help or treatment is required, she will refer you or point you in the right direction whether your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local services. She can also dispense a range of over-the-counter medicines. The College nurse is based in Chancellor’s Court A Room 1.

The nurse is based in the Health Centre (1A Chancellor’s Court). See the College Nurse Moodle site here for latest availability and to book an appointment.

College Counsellor

Our College Counsellor, Isha Mehta, offers sessions for students which can be booked via the Moodle Booking system here.

Out of hours support

For health concerns during office hours (8.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday) please contact your GP (see below for information about registering with at GP)

For urgent medical  assistance out of hours contact NHS 111 https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phone dial 111 from any phone. If you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please check your symptoms here https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.  For more information about staying safe from Covid-19 whilst at Cambridge see here www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/stay-safe-cambridge-uni

For urgent mental health issues contact  the First Response Service where you can speak to trained mental health professionals. To access this service telephone 111 and select Option 2.

In the case of life-threatening emergencies only please call 999 to request an ambulance.  If you call an ambulance please inform the Porters (01223 330484) so they can direct them to your location.

Registering with a GP

In the UK, a local medical doctor is referred to as a ‘General Practitioner’ – often abbreviated to ‘GP’.

Registering with a local GP is essential to ensure that you are able to access health services quickly and easily while you are at University. This is especially important if you have an ongoing health condition, such as asthma, or problems with your mental health.

Cambridge GPs are experienced in dealing with students, and working with the University and Colleges. This is very important if you are ill in the lead up to, or during your examinations as you may need special exam arrangements or allowances and this may require medical evidence from a GP.

GPs in Cambridge work on a geographical basis so you are required to register with the one closest to your accommodation address.

Students living in College accommodation

If you are living in College there are two practices which are close enough to accept Hughes Hall students:

Students living in privately rented accommodation

If you are not living in College you can use this website Find a GP – NHS (www.nhs.uk) to find the one nearest to you – just enter your postcode in the box.

You will need to take your student card with you the first time you go to the practice so that they can verify your identity and complete your registration.

Confidentiality statement

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.