We are here to support your health and wellbeing
The College Nurse, Maria Gloag, 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.
College Nurse clinic hours (term time)
- Monday 9am – 2pm and 7pm-9pm
- Wednesday 10am–2pm
- Thursday 8am-2pm
Maria’s hours may change during vacation periods but appointments can still be booked as normal on Moodle and appointments can be either online via Teams or in-person at the Health Centre which is located on the ground floor of Chancellor’s Court. To check latest availability and to book an appointment please visit here.
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:
- Lensfield Practice (https://www.lensfieldpractice.org/). Online registration forms are available here. This is the most popular with our students.
- Petersfield Medical Practice (https://www.petersfieldmedicalpractice.co.uk/). Petersfield does not have an online registration facility but you can download the forms here to print off, complete and return to the practice.
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.
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.