Maintaining your health at University is essential.
There are a host of ways you can keep healthy and fit while at Manchester Metropolitan University, though nothing is more important than registering with a local doctor and being aware of particular illnesses that are common while in shared accommodation at University.
You need to register with a doctor on your arrival. The choice of GP is up to you and for more information about practitioners on campus please visit Student Services Health Advice. There are also details of the nearest doctor’s surgery to each University accommodation location on their individual pages.
The reason for registering with a GP is that if you are ill and need to visit your doctor’s surgery, it needs to be near where you are living at university. If you are ill outside of their office hours contact the GP surgery, which refer you to the out of hours process for that surgery. If they a doctor or ambulance need to make an emergency visit to the accommodation, reception must be informed immediately.
For immediate medical advice you can ring the NHS non-emergency advice line on 111, or alternatively you can visit the NHS Choices website. In a medical emergency you should always dial 999.
You should register with a local dentist on arriving. There are a variety of high-quality NHS dentists in close proximity to Manchester Met’s student accommodation. You can search for a nearby dentist via your postcode on the NHS Services Search website.
There are particular illnesses more common in young people and those living within close proximity to one another, such as mumps and meningitis, that you need to be vigilant of.
If you are a UK student aged between 18 and 25 there’s a good chance that you’ve had only one dose of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Please check with your GP and get another vaccination if you require it.
Meningitis is a life-threatening disease so familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms just in case. Symptoms can include vomiting, a rash, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, a fever with cold hands and feet, confusion and dislike of bright lights. Be aware of these symptoms in yourself and anyone else. Exercise caution and go to the emergency room is you experience any of these symptoms.
Mumps is an acute viral illness that causes fever, headaches and painful swollen glands. It can also lead to more serious conditions. Visit your GP if you are displaying any other these symptoms.