Student Medical Centre

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BU Student Medical Centre

The Bournemouth University Medical Centre is located at Talbot House on the main Talbot Campus.

We have been working with BU for many years to provide a comprehensive medical service for all BU students.

It is important that you register at the Medical Centre as soon as you move to Bournemouth so that we can be here for you when you need us. Even if you don't come to the doctors very often, you should still register so that we have your records to hand when there is a problem. If you do have an ongoing medical problem, then we can take over prescribing your regular medications and your ongoing care.

Please click here to register, if you have not done so already. If you are studying at Bournemouth University and living here whilst you do so you will be entitled to free NHS treatment, it does not matter if you were born overseas or intend to leave the UK at the end of your studies.

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BU Medical Centre is part of Talbot Medical Centre. The Talbot House surgery is open during term time, but if you are still in Bournemouth during the holiday you can be seen at either of our other sites in Wallisdown and Northbourne. If you have gone home for the holidays and forgotten your medication, we can consult on the phone and send your medication electronically to any pharmacy in England.

If you are struggling with your physical or mental health then please make an appointment to discuss this. Being at university can be a stressful time and we will be happy to help. Amongst the many problems we often see and services we commonly offer are:

All our GPs and nurses are fully trained and work at the Wallisdown and/or Northbourne sites but also have an interest in Student Health and Wellbeing and offer regular clinics at the University site.

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat prescriptions can be requested on the NHS App or systmOnline (website/app) - this is usually the easiest way. Alternatively, you can also call the Student Medical Centre on 01202 965378. You should nominate a local pharmacy so the prescription can be sent there electronically; please allow 48 hours before going to the pharmacy to collect your medication.

You will need to speak to a doctor on registering to set up your your medication.

Please be aware, most repeat prescriptions require annual review. You will be asked to make an appointment when your review is required (usually in the month of your birthday).

If you take the contraceptive pill, you will usually need to speak to a doctor or nurse annually to ensure that it is still the right one for you and check your height, weight and blood pressure to ensure it is still safe for you to take.

Results

Usually your clinician will discuss with you how to access your results. You may, for example, agree to be notified by SMS. If you have systmOnline then your results should be visible through the app or website when they are have been processed. If not, please phone us on 01202 965378 or visit the Student Medical Centre around a week after the test has been done to get your the results.

Cervical screening takes longer; please allow three to four weeks for results. We will try our best to contact you if any action needs to be taken.

Stress

Student Stress

Despite the beaches, vibrant social life, and weather, life in Bournemouth can be very stressful.

Studying as an undergraduate or postgraduate can often be lonely, pressured and exhausting. The signs of stress, anxiety and depression can come on gradually and without you noticing:

  • Poor sleep
  • Social withdrawal
  • Indecision
  • Detachment
  • Poor concentration and motivation
  • Apathy
  • Drinking to excess
  • Emotional lability

The earlier you seeking help, the better. Your Tutor should be able to help you with advice and support regarding your studies.

The Student Wellbeing service is confidential, completely free and open to all BU students who are experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood. You can book an appointment or attend a virtual drop-in session during term times. Their trained advisors can offer support, counselling or therapy.

Alternatively, please book an appointment with one of our clinicians.

Change of address

Please let us know every time you change your address, mobile phone number or your landline number. You can fill in a form to do this (available from reception).

Updating your details with us is important because:

  • In an emergency the doctor may end up at the wrong address
  • If we need to refer you to a specialist, your appointment may never arrive
  • We may need to contact you urgently
  • If you are not at your registered address, the Shared Business Services Registration Department may remove you from our list and you’ll have to re-register.

Emergencies

For life-threatening emergencies call 999 or 01202 962222 if you’re on campus.