It is important to look after your physical and mental health.
We encourage all students to register with a GP surgery when living in Bath. Fairfield Park Health Centre provides the University Medical Service on our Newton Park campus.
We have GP and Nurse appointments available in Student Support (term-time) and Fairfield Park Health Centre (all year round).
When you become a student you can register with Fairfield Park Health Centre if you wish to make use of these services. You can register online before arrival on the Fairfield Park Health Centre website.
Our aim is to provide a high-quality, friendly service and we welcome any feedback.
Current students and staff can access further resources, information, and event details on the intranet (you'll need to sign in to access this content).
Important information for new students
Meningitis and septicaemia
Young people going to university this autumn are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) due to the MenW bug, one of the most aggressive and deadly strains of meningitis. Cases of MenW have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to over 200 cases in the last 12 months.
There are a number of strains of the infection and the vaccination gives protection against four of them – MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY. These illnesses can be deadly and survivors are often left with life-changing disabilities.
Young people going on to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria. But this year’s school leavers are strongly advised to get the vaccination whether starting college or not.
You can find out more information at the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Protect yourself against mumps
There has been a recent increase in mumps amongst students. Please read this important advice on how to protect yourself.
Why are you at risk?
Over the past four years there has been a large outbreak of mumps in young adults across the UK.
At this present time, mumps is mainly affecting older teenagers and young adults in their early twenties, and is mostly found in those further or higher education establishments. Some in this age group may only have received one dose of MMR.
The number of cases has increased more steeply in recent years because many of the young adults in this cohort (born between 1980 and 1992) are now at university or in further education colleges where the disease tends to spread rapidly from person to person because of greater social mixing in further educational establishments.
Students of any age who have no history of MMR vaccination should now seek the protection it affords.
Any young person who has not had two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk of contracting measles, mumps or rubella.
What is mumps?
Mumps is a serious, highly infectious illness caused by a virus. It usually starts with fever and headache for a day or two. In most cases this is followed by swelling and soreness of the glands between the ear and the jaw.
Mumps virus can also cause other problems. Men can get swollen, painful testicles and women can get swollen, painful ovaries. Ear infections, swelling of the pancreas and meningitis can also result from mumps, which is usually more severe in adults than in young children.
The time from becoming infected to becoming unwell is around 14-21 days. People with mumps are most infectious just before they become unwell and for 5-10 days afterwards.
How can you protect yourself?
Students coming to University/FE colleges should make sure they have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine. If you have not had 2 doses of MMR, please see your GP as soon as possible. Please tell the doctor or nurse if you think you may be pregnant or if you are planning a pregnancy as MMR vaccine is not recommended in pregnancy. You should not be charged for this vaccine.
What should you do if you think you might have mumps?
Do not go into university. Phone your GP or 111 for advice.
More information on mumps
Further information on mumps is available on the NHS website.
Tetanus, polio, diphtheria, measles and rubella
We encourage you to ask your GP if you are up to date with these immunisations and get boosters as necessary.
Public Health England (PHE) is reminding teenagers and young people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles after new cases were reported across England.
A significant number of cases have been reported since June. This follows an increase in measles over the year with 234 cases confirmed between January and June, compared with 54 for the same period last year.
Teenagers and 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.
Measles is extremely infectious and events where people are mixing closely with each other provide the ideal place for the infection to spread. Measles can be more severe in teenagers and adults, with some of the recent cases needing hospital treatment. People are urged to be aware of the symptoms of measles, such as a high fever and rash, and not to attend festivals if they are unwell.
Visit the NHS vaccinations website for further information.
Exercising is a great way for you look after yourself, both physically and psychologically. Find out more about the Student's Union Gym to keep active.
Healthcare for international students
Register with a doctor
We recommend that you register with a doctor as soon as you arrive.
Fairfield Park Health Centre provides the University Medical Service which runs a term-time surgery at the Newton Park campus. You must be living in Bath to register with this surgery.
You can register in person at Student Support in Sophia (Newton Park campus) or online on the Fairfield Park Health Centre Website.
Who is entitled?
Coming from an EU country
Before coming to the UK you should obtain your European Health Insurance card. this card entitles you and your family to full NHS treatment.
Coming from outside the EU
- If you're studying for less than 6 months: unless you are travelling from a country with a special agreement with the UK (see reciprocal health agreements, below), you will not be entitled to free or reduced treatment from the NHS. You will only be able to access free emergency treatment. All other services will have to be paid for on a private patient basis. We advise that you apply for adequate private health insurance before departure to the UK.
- If you're studying for more than 6 months: you will qualify for medical treatment on the NHS in the same way as a UK resident. This includes visits to a doctor and treatment in hospital. However, you will have to pay towards the cost of prescribed medicine, some GP services, dental and optical treatment.
Please note - you will not be covered by the NHS until you have registered on your course. We recommend that you take private health insurance for the period covering your travel and stay in Bath prior to registration.
Reciprocal health agreements
The UK has reciprocal health agreements with some countries which may entitle you to free or reduced treatment costs. Check with the health authorities in your home country before you travel.
National Health Service (NHS)
The NHS is a system in the UK that enables individuals to receive free hospital treatment and healthcare.