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Thursday 1 February 2018

Top tips to look after yourself and your mates

Remember that looking after your health and staying safe is extremely important!
Remember that looking after your health and staying safe is extremely important!

Feeling safe and secure and looking after yourself can play a big part in helping you feel at home at university. There are a few simple precautions you can take to stay safe, reduce the risk of being a victim of crime and enjoy yourself.

  • Know your limits, visit the Drink Aware website – drinking too much alcohol may mean you are less aware of your surroundings and less likely to remember the following important advice:
  • Don't walk home alone, you could be an easy target for crime.
  • Stay on main roads as there are more likely to be other people around and the lighting tends to be better.
  • Use a reputable taxi company to make sure you get home without a problem. The Students' Union has made an arrangement with a local taxi service to ensure you can get home at night, even if you don't have any money on you via the emergency taxi service. There is also a fixed price document you can check out too.
  • A third of burglars get in through a window, so lock doors and windows at night and when you're not in.
  • Burglaries are often opportunist crimes, so storing valuables out of sight will make a thief less likely to try.
  • Leave a light on when you are out so that the place looks occupied.
  • Remember to also look out for your mates. If you are worried about someone, help and support is available via Student Support Services.

Here’s a reminder of some of the steps you can take to look after your health and wellbeing.

Register with a Nottingham GP
If you haven't already done so, it's important to register with a Nottingham general practitioner (GP). If you need advice or treatment in the future, it's much easier if you're already registered. We have medical practices on the City site and Clifton campus. If you're studying at Brackenhurst campus, the nearest medical practice is Southwell Medical Centre.

The Department of Health recommends all students be fully immunised before arrival at university. You should arrange to see your doctor and make sure you are up-to-date with vaccinations against:

  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Meningitis C
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningitis

Meningitis is rare, but it can be serious. The symptoms of meningitis are not always easy to recognise but they can develop very rapidly, sometimes within a matter of hours. Make sure you have the Meningitis ACWY Vaccine, which is available at our medical practices on campus. Visit the Fight for Now website for useful student information.

And don't forget to watch out for your mates and you could be a life saver!

  • sudden onset of high fever
  • a severe and worsening headache (without any other obvious cause)
  • severe neck stiffness
  • a dislike of bright lights (photophobia)
  • very cold hands and feet
  • drowsiness that can deteriorate into a fever
  • a rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass (due to bleeding under the skin).

Not all of the symptoms may show at once. If someone becomes ill with some of these symptoms, contact NHS by telephone on 111 immediately for advice. View more information on meningitis.

Our health centres are also offering the Flu Vaccine, make sure to book in for yours now!

More Information
For more information on staying healthy, happy and safe at university, visit the Student Services health and wellbeing pages or the NHS student health pages.

The Nottinghamshire Police crime prevention website has more useful information on safety.

For further information on any of the issues mentioned above, email Student Support Services.







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