Advice and treatment from the Nurse Advisor
Student Health Service
The Health Service here at City is run by a Nurse Practitioner, Chris Barnes, and it is open to all City students. We provide a drop in clinic for advice with minor illness and injury, general health information, contraception advice - including free condoms and emergency contraception.
The Nurse Advisor may also be able to prescribe medications for some medical conditions*.
*Please note, this is available to Students that are registered with Clerkenwell Medical Pracice (nearest GP to City)
The Student Health Service is located in the Health Centre, opposite Santander Bank, Level 1, Drysdale Building, Northampton Square.
Appointments and Drop-in Sessions
General health advice
The Nurse Advisor can provide information on a wide range of health problems including:
If you have been prescribed injections by your GP, such as B12 injections, you can contact the Health Service by calling in 0207 040 5999 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to see if the Nurse Advisor is able to do this.
You can also consult the Nurse Advisor during the daily drop-in sessions. You do not need to make an appointment.
The Nurse Advisor can also advise you if you need to see a GP. Please make sure you register with a GP.
Meningitis and MMR
If you are 24 years old or younger and starting university for the first time it is strongly recommended that you have the Men ACWY vaccine. Meningitis is a serious infection which can kill.
Mumps has also become a problem in some UK universities. We are recommending that all students who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine visit the Health Centre or their GP as soon as possible to have the vaccine. There is no upper age limit for having the vaccine. There will be no charge for being immunised.
You can get both vaccines at the Student Health Centre or from your GP free of charge.
To receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccination from the Nurse Advisor in the Student Health Service you will need to be a first year undergraduate who is registered with Clerkenwell Medical Practice.
If you are not a Student registered with Clerkenwell Medical Practice, you can receive the vaccination from your GP or you can contact the Health Service for further advice about your options if you do not have a GP.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign have identified that 16-24 year olds are a high risk group when it comes to managing their allergies, and this includes university students.
Download their booklet Preparing for and Managing your Allergies at University – A Guide for University Students
Their top tips for starting university:
- Remember to carry two adrenaline auto-injectors with you at all times
- Let the people you are with know where to find your adrenaline and how to use it
- Register with your local GP or university health centre after moving in
- Check regularly, through the viewing window on your adrenaline auto-injectors, that the solution is clear and colourless
- Sign up for the expiry alert service for your brand of auto-injector.
This service is available to both men and women for confidential advice on all methods of contraception. Free condoms are available for all students during drop-in sessions or from reception.
The Nurse Advisor may be able to prescribe the contraceptive pill.
The ‘morning after pill’ can be issued by the Nurse Advisor and is effective if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. You can get this free at your GP or family planning clinic.
A coil (IUCD) can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex but this requires referral to a family planning clinic.
The Nurse Advisor is able to perform pregnancy tests and advise on unplanned pregnancy.
More information on sexual health and sexual health services offered by the Student Health Service.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) self-test kits
Concerned about HIV, Chlamydia or other STIs?
The Student Health Service is no longer giving out STI self-test kits. However, you can order a free STI test at home kit or book an appointment at a clinic through the All East NHS service.
The Nurse Advisor at the Health Centre is able to advise you with:
- Hints and tips on how to kick the habit
- Information about the health benefits of stopping
- Help with setting a quit date
- Information about the wide range of nicotine-replacement therapy and other methods available
- Follow up assistance to help you "stay stopped".
NHS Smoking Helpline - 0800 169 0169.
We offer advice on all aspects of health and disease while abroad. You can check which vaccinations you need for your specific travel destination online.
Students with a disability or significant medical problem are encouraged to see the Nurse Advisor at the Health Centre to discuss any special needs or emergency procedures irrespective of whether they have a General Practitioner (GP) elsewhere. The Disability Coordinator within City's Disability Service is able to offer advice and guidance on all aspects of disability.
Student Counselling Service
Also located in Level 1 of Drysdale Building , this is a free, confidential service for students who want to talk to a counselling professional. Find out more about the Counselling Service.