East Anglia’s university students urged to sign up with a GP
12:00 30 August 2014
With the beginning of term approaching, bringing a flurry of first year students, NHS England in East Anglia wants to stress the importance of registering with a local general practitioner (GP).
Moving to a new city, making new friends and embarking on the next stage of their life away from home means that quite often, health needs are low on a new student’s priorities.
However, health experts at NHS England say this is when students are most vulnerable, and also susceptible to stress and anxiety.
Dr Melanie Clements, interim medical director, (East Anglia), at NHS England, said: “We would urge new students to take the time to think about what they would do if they became ill.
“You can’t predict when you’re going to feel under the weather, and being ill, and away from home for the first time, can be really stressful.
“Therefore registering with a local GP is really important.
“Once registered, students will have access to local health services, just like they would at home, which will ensure continuity of care especially if they have ongoing health needs.”
To register with a GP, new patients will need to provide their name and address, date of birth, NHS number (if known) and name and address of previous GP.
Dr Clements added: “When you need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency, you can call 111.
“NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right medical help.
“NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.”
To find your nearest GP practice, visit www.nhs.uk