Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Team

What is ‘wellbeing’ and what do the Wellbeing Team do?

In its simplest form ‘wellbeing’ is how healthy and happy you are and feel. The Wellbeing Team offer many different types of support or advice on any issue that may be impacting your state of health and happiness. This can be anything, regardless of how insignificant you may think the problem is; if it is having a negative impact on your health or mood the Wellbeing Team can work with you to resolve any issue, problem, or concern you have.

There are a variety of different issues that can impact every student differently. These are a few common examples of things that may be having an impact on your wellbeing:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood / depression
  • Feeling isolated / lonely
  • Sexual health
  • Diet and exercise
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Course issues

Remember these are common and many others will be feeling the same way as you. Perhaps what you are feeling or what you are worried about isn’t listed above and that is OK too. The Wellbeing Team are there to support any student regardless of the situation and offer relevant advice and support.

The Team also run a number of health promotion events through the year. These events are casual and friendly but also informative and can help you to find other internal and external support services such Counselling, the Campus Life Team, drug and alcohol services, GP registration, finding a local dentist, and so on.

How do I contact the team?

There are a number of ways to contact the team, depending on what way you feel most comfortable with, these include:

studentwellbeing@edgehill.ac.uk
01695 584554
Going to the SIC (Student Information Centre) and booking an appointment at the front desk.

You can also use our online ‘Let Us Know’ system which is a service that allows you to inform the Wellbeing Team of any concerns you have about yourself and/or other students. This service can also be used anonymously if you wish.

You can also book an appointment to talk to a member of the team, if you feel urgent support is needed please visit our ‘Someone Needs Help Now’ page for guidance.

What happens at a wellbeing appointment?

All wellbeing appointments are held in the SIC (Student Information Centre.) You can find the SIC next to the Library. When you arrive in the SIC let the front desk know that you are here for an appointment with the Wellbeing Team. You will be asked to take a seat whilst the receptionist lets the team know you have arrived.

If it is your first appointment, the front desk will probably ask you to complete a ‘Wellbeing Assessment’ form. Again, this may sound slightly overwhelming but the purpose of the form is just to help you think and reflect upon what it is you want to talk about during your appointment. If you do not know what to write or simply do not want to write anything at all, that is OK, you can just leave it blank. Alternatively, you could also write something down before your appointment if that will make you feel more comfortable.

During your appointment, you have the opportunity to talk about what you wrote on your ‘Wellbeing Assessment’ form or if you have left it blank you can talk about what it is you need help with or what support or advice you may need. Together you will then create an action plan which is a great way to focus on how to help resolve any issues, concerns or problems you may have spoken about. You will also be able to talk about how to work towards achieving these goals in a practical way that suits you and your needs. These goals may include helping you to access other support services both within and outside of the University.

After this, you and the Wellbeing Team staff member will arrange your next appointment, so you can review how the action plan is going. This can be face-to-face, or via email. The appointment is just to ensure that you feel you are on the right track and are making progress towards the objectives/goals you want to achieve.

The Team is based in the Student Information Centre (SIC).
The SIC is open at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
  • Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm

Contact Us

To make an appointment email studentwellbeing@edgehill.ac.uk, phone 01695 584554 or call in to the Student Information Centre (SIC).

GP & Dentist

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Doctor

We strongly recommend that you register with Beacon Primary Care Medical Practice, preferably within the first two weeks of starting at Edge Hill. It is not a good idea to leave it until you need to see a doctor as the registration process may delay your appointment.

Beacon Primary Care
Railway Road Surgery
9-11 Railway Road
Ormskirk
L39 2DN
Tel: 01695 736000
Web: beaconprimarycare.org.uk

Beacon Primary Care Medical Practice work in close partnership with the university and provide surgeries and health care from our premises in Milton House.

Not sure whether you need to see a GP? If you have a minor ailment, you might only need to visit a pharmacy. Have a look at this leaflet for more information.

You can register with any GP practice and below is a selection of other GP practices in Ormskirk:

Parkgate Surgery
28 St Helens Road
Ormskirk
L39 4QR
Tel: 01695 736177
Web: parkgatesurgery.co.uk

Ormskirk Medical Practice
18 Derby Street
Ormskirk
L39 2BY
Tel: 01695 588808
Web: ormskirkmedicalpractice.nhs.uk

The Elms Practice
16 Derby Street
Ormskirk
L39 2BY
Tel: 01695 588710
Web: theelmspractice.nhs.uk

County Road Surgery
109 County Road
Ormskirk
L39 1NL
Tel: 01695 588866
Web: countyroadsurgery.org

Dentist

Dental examinations are available at Ravat and Ray Dental Practice based in the West Lancashire Health Centre, Ormskirk District General Hospital – to make an appointment ring: 01695 578019

NHS dental treatment is FREE for people under 18 (19 if in full time education). Other exemptions do apply. Please ask for details. Evidence of exemption must be brought with you to each dental appointment.

If you are not exempt, you will pay one of four fixed charges relating to the type of treatment you require. You will be required to pay for your treatment on the day of your appointment.

Fee

Band 1 – £19.70
Band 2 – £53.90
Band 3 – £233.70
Urgent Treatment – £19.70

Self-Help

Alcohol Misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively – more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption.

This can lead to a number of harmful physical and psychological effects, such as alcohol poisoning, cirrhosis of the liver, inability to work and socialise and destructive behaviours, such as drink-driving.

Find extensive information about alcohol misuse, related diseases, statistics and stories from people who live with alcohol dependency: Alcohol Misuse >>

Addaction is the UK’s largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity. They work with 95,000 people every year, helping them and their families deal with the effects of drug and alcohol misuse. As well as adult services, they also provide services specially tailored to the needs of young people and parents. Click the links below for more information:

Young Addaction Lancashire
Addaction Service Information
Young Addaction Referral Form

Diet and exercise

  • What does 100 calories look like?
  • 5 a day on a budget!
  • What are superfoods?
  • Salt: the facts!

Just a small number of subjects covered on the NHS Food and Diet pages.

Find out how you could benefit from being more physically active and read the NHS Benefits of Exercise page which is crammed full of useful information.

Sexual Health and Contraception

Hants Lane offer full sexual health screening services which are confidential and will not appear on your NHS record. There is no examination required. best2know.co.uk offer advice, information and you can order chlamydia screening kits online if you are under 25.

Hants Lane Clinic Opening Times

  • Tuesday 5.30pm – 7.30pm (appointments and walk-in)
  • Thursday 5.30pm – 7.30pm (appointments only)

To book an appointment call 01772 401140 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm). Visit cashlancashirecare.nhs.uk for more information.

Condoms

Free condoms are available from reception at Milton House (the Health and Wellbeing Centre).

You can find out about the 15 methods of contraception that are available on the NHS, together with where to get them and how to decide which method might work best for you.

Stress Management

Long Term Conditions

Living with a long-term condition brings challenges and it’s important to have the confidence, support and information to take control of your condition. This is called self care, which means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s taking your medicine properly or doing some exercise. Read the NHS guide and try the simple self-assessment tool >>

Whether your pain has just come on or you’ve lived with it for years, these tried-and-tested self-help steps can bring you relief. NHS help on offer for people with pain >>

Mental Health

If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives. Read some of the NHS articles on mental health >>

Register with a GP

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We strongly recommend that you register with Beacon Primary Care Medical Practice as soon as you can. It is not a good idea to leave it until you need to see a doctor as the registration process may delay your appointment.

Beacon Primary Care
Railway Road Surgery
9-11 Railway Road
Ormskirk
L39 2DN
Tel: 01695 736000
Web: beaconprimarycare.org.uk

Beacon hold regular surgeries at Milton House (Health and Wellbeing Centre, Ruff Lane) at the following times:

Monday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Sexual Health and Contraception Clinic (pre-bookable appointments)

Monday, 1.30pm – 4.00pm
GP pre-bookable appointments

Wednesday, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Nurse drop-in

Thursday, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Sexual Health and Contraception Clinic (pre-bookable appointments)

Friday, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Drop-in clinic

Registered patients can access a range of services, including:
Meningitis ACWY vaccinations
Sexual health checks
Pill checks
Implant fitting
Coil fitting
Travel vaccinations
Minor operations
Flu vaccinations (for those eligible)
Asthma checks
Diabetes checks

Appointments at other times can be arranged via the Beacon Surgery number on 01695 736000.

Not sure whether you need to see a GP? If you have a minor ailment, you might only need to visit a pharmacy. Have a look at this leaflet for more information.

If you need medical attention during vacation or weekends away from Edge Hill, you can see any GP as a temporary resident for a period of up to 12 weeks. You do not need to re-register with your own GP during vacation.

If you become unwell, please make an appointment to see your GP. Outside of GP opening hours, please seek medical advice and attention using the services below:

NHS 111: call 111 free from any phone

You can also visit:
West Lancashire Health Centre
Ormskirk & District General Hospital
Wigan Road
Tel: 01695 588800
Opening times: 8.00am – 7.30pm, 7 days a week
See the West Lancashire Health Centre webpage for more information.

For more information on health and wellbeing, visit the NHS Choices website.

Vaccinations

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Public Health England provide advice and guidance to young people starting University about the vaccinations needed. There is a range of information available on the Public Health England webpages.

Have you been vaccinated against Meningitis and Measles? Find out more below.

MenACWY vaccination

If you have received this vaccine from your GP before coming to University or in a previous year there is no need to have this again. 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 them against three other meningococcal groups (A, W and Y). The advice is to have MenACWY if you have not previously received it even if you have been vaccinated against MenC.

If you did not get this vaccine before starting university you need to contact your local GP and ask them for this as soon as possible (preferably in the first few weeks of term). If you haven’t yet registered with a local GP please see further details of how to do this on our webpages.

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. 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.

Measles

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. More information about measles and the MMR Vaccine can be found on this Public Health England leaflet

Drug & Alcohol Support

Worried about your drug or alcohol use?

If you are under 25 you can get confidential advice from Young Addaction. Visit their Facebook page to find out more: facebook.com/YoungAddactionLancs

Advice for Pregnant Students

The document below details what your next steps should be if you discover you are pregnant while at university.

Advice for Pregnant Students

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