Health and Wellbeing

Edge Hill University provides comprehensive student services to support your health and wellbeing throughout your degree. For a quick overview,  please see the information below for:

GP Services

If you will be moving away from home for your undergraduate degree studies, we recommend that you register with a local GP.  Further advice and information on how to do this can be found on our website here.

Wellbeing Services

Student Services is here to help and guide you during your time at university. We have dedicated teams who can support you with your studies and your wellbeing. The teams provide advice on a wide range of areas, including:

Care Experienced/Estranged Students – support during your time at university through a dedicated contact. Email transitions@edgehill.ac.uk to find out more.

Counselling – finding solutions to your problems, ways of coping with university, or just a safe place to talk.

Disability Support – If you have a medical condition, mobility, visual or hearing impairment, mental health support needs or you have an autism spectrum condition, the Inclusion team are here to provide extra support during your time at Edge Hill. Contact them on inclusionteam@edgehill.ac.uk or visit ehu.ac.uk/inclusion for more information. If you have a specific learning difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD), please contact the Learning Services SpLD team spld@edgehill.ac.uk or visit edgehill.ac.uk/ls/disability-support to find out more.

Inclusion – individually tailored support for student with disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and physical  or sensory impairments.

Transitions – help to navigate the challenges that come with university life, connecting you to support and services to help you succeed. Email transitions@edgehill.ac.uk to find out more.

Wellbeing and Counselling –  support for issues that affect your wellbeing such as anxiety, stress, low mood or feeling overwhelmed, as well as access to GP and counselling services. Find out more on the website here.

For further information about the above services, and others, visit the Student Services website.

Meningitis and Measles Vaccinations

MenACWY vaccination

Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. The early symptoms of meningococcal disease are similar to those of flu, so students need to be able to recognise the symptoms very quickly (even if they have been vaccinated, the vaccines offered through the routine immunisation programme do not protect against all forms of the disease). A full description of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be found at www.meningitis.org and www.meningitisnow.org.

Older students are at greatest risk of the MenW meningococcal disease, especially when starting university where they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age, so they will need to get vaccinated to protect themselves. Vaccination also reduces the risk of them carrying the bacteria and so protects other people. This should, in turn, prevent the numbers increasing to serious levels. You may have had a MenC vaccination as a baby and again more recently but this will not protect you against other meningococcal groups. The MenACWY vaccine will increase your protection against MenC and help to protect you against three other meningococcal groups (A, W and Y). It is still important to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia because there are many other bacteria that can also cause these illnesses, including the group B strain that is not covered by this vaccination.

You should contact your GP to arrange receiving the vaccine now, before you arrive at university. If this isn’t possible, you should register with a GP in the area when you start university and arrange to get the vaccine there. This should be done straight away – ideally in the first week of term.

Public Health England (PHE) is also reminding young people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles, after new cases were reported across England. Young people who are unsure if they have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to ensure they receive the 2 doses of MMR vaccine required.

Further information about both vaccinations can be found on the NHS Choices website.

 

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