Throughout your journey at Edge Hill, there may be times when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or low in mood. If you do feel like this or are finding things difficult in any other way, please do not hesitate to access support and advice as early as possible, via Student Services.
Our Health and Wellbeing team offers support and advice to all students, in relation to any issue which may be impacting on their wellbeing. Assessments, short-term follow-up, and signposting and liaison with both internal and external teams is also provided.
The team runs a number of health promotion events throughout the academic year and can assist students with general wellbeing issues, including sexual health, diet and exercise, and drugs and alcohol advice.
The Health and Wellbeing Team works closely with the Accommodation Team and therefore, any student wellbeing issues which arise in Halls, will be passed on to the team and the student will be contacted and offered additional support.
The team is based in the Student Information Centre (SIC).
The SIC is open at the following times:
- Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 17:00
To make an appointment email email@example.com, phone 01695 584554 or call in to the Student Information Centre (SIC).
GP & Dentist
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
Tel: 01695 736000
Beacon Primary Care Medical Practice work in close partnership with the university and provide surgeries and health care from our premises in Milton House.
You can register with any GP practice and below is a selection of other GP practices in Ormskirk:
28 St Helens Road
Tel: 01695 736177
Ormskirk Medical Practice
18 Derby Street
Tel: 01695 588808
The Elms Practice
16 Derby Street
Tel: 01695 588710
County Road Surgery
109 County Road
Tel: 01695 588866
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.
Band 1 – £19.70
Band 2 – £53.90
Band 3 – £233.70
Urgent Treatment – £19.70
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:
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
Whatever questions you have about getting and using contraception, this guide can help. It aims to give practical information to everyone who wants to know more about contraception, including teenagers; women in their 20s, 30s and 40s; and anyone with a question about the method they use or are thinking about using.
You can find out about the 15 methods that are available on the NHS, together with where to get them and how to decide which method might work best for you.
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 >>
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
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
Tel: 01695 736000
Beacon hold regular surgeries at Milton House (Health and Wellbeing Centre, Ruff Lane) at the following times:
Monday, 10:00 – 11:15
Sexual Health and Contraception Clinic drop-in
Monday, 13:30 – 16:00
GP pre-bookable appointments
Wednesday, 13:30 – 16:00
Friday, 14:30 – 16:00
Registered patients can access a range of services, including:
Meningitis ACWY vaccinations
Sexual health checks
Flu vaccinations (for those eligible)
Appointments at other times can be arranged via the Beacon Surgery number on 01695 736000.
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
Tel: 01695 577111
Opening times: 08:00 – 22:00 7 days a week.
For more information on health and wellbeing, visit the NHS Choices website.
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.
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.
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