We welcome all students to register at the Practice and have patients from all surrounding Cambridge University Colleges, Anglia Ruskin University as well as other higher education establishments. We are used to tailoring our healthcare to the unique demands of studying at Cambridge and are able to provide a holistic service by working with other medical and academic establishments that may be involved with your care. Please see the following link as to why we feel it is important to register at a local GP surgery.
We are very conscious of the term times, and your time split between being at University and being at home. Whilst we acknowledge that you will no doubt know your home GP very well, we feel that it is important to register at a university practice in order to support you during the demands of your course. It is also a recommendation of the University that it’s students are registered within Cambridge.
From time to time it may be necessary for your GP Surgery to communicate with your College about your health and the impact that this may be having on your preparation for exams. We would clearly see this as an important function of a university practice and would only be done with your express consent. Should you be in the unfortunate situation that you feel your health is affecting your studies, then please do come and discuss the situation with your GP, and also consider making contact with your tutor and College nurse.
Practice services for students and younger people
Our practice provides comprehensive services to support you while studying in Cambridge. As well as routine clinical appointments with our GPs and practice nurses, we provide quick access appointments with our doctors, which would usually be on the same day. We also provide a daily walk in service for young people with a practice nurse.
When we are closed, please call NHS 111 for advice. This service will advise you on where to go to access healthcare or will arrange for the GP out of hours service to call you. Please do not go to A+E except in an absolute emergency.
Physiotherapy is available at the surgery, and is provided by Community NHS services. Access to physiotherapy is either via self referral (see useful links below) or via GP referral.
Sexual health, contraception and unplanned pregnancy
We provide a non-judgemental service for all of your sexual health and contraceptive needs including the ability to fit contraceptive ‘implants’ and ‘coils’.
In the event of an episode of unprotected intercourse, please contact the surgery, NHS 111, or your local pharmacist as soon as possible. Ideally this should be within 3 days but certainly no more than 5 days after the event- the earlier the better.
In the event of an unplanned pregnancy please come in to discuss the situation with one of our doctors to discuss your options.
Other information and services can be found in the table below.
In some circumstances it may be appropriate to see your college nurse in the first instance particularly for advice on minor illnesses and support in times of emotional distress. The college nurse will also be able to advise you on whether your college provides additional access to other health services such as physiotherapy or counselling (above and beyond that provided by the University and NHS).
We are very pleased to announce to St John’s College students that as of October 2016, Rachel (St John’s College nurse) will provide her clinic and walk in surgeries within Bridge Street Medical Centre on 2 days of the week. She will continue to use her College Health Centre on the remaining days. Please remind reception staff that you are from St Johns when you arrive to access these clinics.
|College name||Nurse's name||Contact number||Comment|
|Corpus Christi||No nurse|
|Girton||Jackie Isbester/Alex green||338937|
|Gonville & Caius||Natasha Kear||332421|
|Hughes Hall||Maria Gloag||46369||No nurse|
|Lucy Cavendish||Diana Lloyd||332190|
|Murray Edwards||Dee Williams||762239|
|Ridley Hall||No nurse|
|St Catherine's||Dee Williams||338327||Porter will collect you|
|St Edmund's||Taryn Rothwell||336250||Porter will collect you|
|St John's||Rachel Iftkhar|
|Sidney Sussex||Jenny Taylor||338826|
|Trinity Hall||Teresa Crouchman||338471|
|Westcott House||No nurse|
Useful student links
|Type of site||Link||Further information|
|Choose well||Choose well||Support and advice for accessing the most appropriate source of treatment within the Cambridge health system|
|Younger peoples charity||Centre 33||Advice on mental health problems, substance abuse and sexual health problems|
|NHS Choices||NHS Choices||Information on NHS services and medical conditions|
|Health problems||Health information||Useful site for looking up information on medical conditions|
|Local sexual health services||Sexual health clinic||Sexual health services independent of your GP surgery|
|Contraception||Family Planning Association||Advice on types of contraception|
|Alcohol information||Drinksense||General advice on alcohol problems|
|Treatment of drug and alcohol problems||Inclusion addiction services||Cambridge based treatment for those with drug or alcohol addictions|
|Information on recreational drugs||Ask Frank||Information on drug taking|
|Problem gambling||Gamble Aware||Links to support organisations for gambling problems|
|Samaritans||Samaritans||A useful organisation in times of desperation|
|Mental health problems||NHS Psychological support||Self referral for psychological support within the NHS|
|Mental health problems (Cambridge University students)||UCS||Tailored mental health support for students provided by Cambridge University|
|Mental health problems (Anglia Ruskin students)||Anglia Ruskin linkline||Peer led support services for those with mental health problems|
|Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy||Online CBT||An evidence based validated tool to help with mood and anxiety problems|
|Problems with sleep||Sleep problems||A validated tool for helping with sleep problems|
|Student health||Camstudent health||Signposting for Cambridge University students|
|NHS Physiotherapy||Community physiotherapy||Self referral for physiotherapy services. Information leaflets for the self management of common injuries|
|Travel health||Fit for travel||useful information when planning a trip abroad- please also see travel health page|