As Liverpool gears up to welcome over 15,000 new students to study in the city this September, the NHS in Liverpool is urging them to think about which health service to use if they become unwell.
Chair of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP Dr Fiona Lemmens GP, said:
“If you’ve moved to Liverpool to study and you’re living away from home for the first time, it’s really important that you know how to look after your health while you’re here, and what services are available to get help from – should you ever need it.
“Don’t wait until you become ill to register with a local GP; do it now. That way you’ll be able to access health services quickly and easily when you need them.
“This is especially important if you have any kind of existing health condition such as asthma, diabetes, or require regular medication to stay well.”
You can easily find your nearest GP surgery online by visiting www.nhs.uk, you can drop into your nearest surgery and ask to register in person if you already know where it is. (Don’t forget to take two forms of ID with you).
Freshers who need to see a health professional urgently, are also being encouraged to consider using their local NHS Walk-in Centre if it’s not serious enough to require a 999 call or a trip to A&E.
NHS Walk-in Centres provide treatment and advice for a wide range of injuries and illnesses such as stomach upsets and vomiting, infections, rashes, cuts, bumps and falls, minor sprains or burns, coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms.
They are open from 8am – 8pm every day, including on bank holidays. No appointment is needed – you can just walk in.
This includes the City Centre NHS Walk-in Centre which is conveniently located right in the heart of the city centre on David Lewis Street, just behind Hanover Street, for anyone who urgently needs treatment or advice.
In addition, you can also call NHS 111 the 24 hour NHS helpline, or visit 111.nhs.uk at any time for immediate health advice or for further assistance if you aren’t sure where to go.