Looking after your health is important when you leave home, and start to live independently as a student. Doing this not only benefits yourself, but can also have an impact on your fellow students in the University community.
Registering with a GP practice means that if you do feel unwell or experience any mental, physical or sexual health issues while you are a student, you will be able to access support to help you to feel better. A GP can also provide you with medical documents explaining your illness or condition, should you need any supporting evidence for extenuating circumstances, exam deferrals, or absence during your studies.
Information on GP registration
If you wish to register for GP services whilst studying at Swansea University, surgeries are now using an online facility , ‘Ask My GP’. You will be able to access the registrations forms online and this can be done prior to arrival in Swansea.
There are an array of GP surgery options available to students in Swansea but we work closely with the following given their close proximity to our campuses.
Singleton Campus – http://www.universityhealthcentre.co.uk/
Bay Campus - http://www.harbourside.wales.nhs.uk/home
Please can all students that are registered with the University Health Centre, and have any of the following conditions please contact the surgery on 01792 295321 to make an appointment to have your free annual flu injection
- Receive carers allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be “At Risk” if you get sick
- Heart Conditions
- Chronic Kidney Disease
If you do NOT have any of the above conditions then you will not be eligible for a FREE flu injection at the GP surgery. However, you can still have a flu injection at any of the local pharmacies or Tesco and Asda supermarkets but there will be a small charge for this.
If you are not yet registered with the practice and you wish to do so, you can log in to the practice website:
- Scroll down to How to Register with the practice
- Click on the links for the new patient registration form and patient questionnaire
- Complete these forms, making sure the registration form is signed
- Save or take a photo of the completed forms
- Go to Ask My GP and attach/upload the completed forms
- Send to the practice
You will receive confirmation from the practice when your registration has been processed.
Due to the large number of new students living close together during Fresher’s week and beyond, there can be an increased risk for students to catch and spread Meningitis and TB. This is why it is essential that all students register with a GP, to ensure that they are vaccinated against Meningitis, and are screened for TB.
Looking after your sexual health as a student means thinking about contraception, getting regular check-ups, which include testing for common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and learning how to be a considerate and responsible sexual partner.
If your illness will affect your attendance, please, make sure that you notify your college so that they can note your absence. You should also contact your Academic Mentor to let them know, they may be able to notify your college administrators for you. Please be aware that you may be asked to provide medical documents about your illness. These can usually be obtained from your Swansea GP.
College Welfare Contacts
You can contact the College Student Information / Experience staff in your college who can offer you practical advice, guidance, and signposting to appropriate services. They can also discuss the extenuating circumstances process with you should you need to use this. You can find a list of the contact details for College Information / Experience staff here.
You can read more about the extenuating circumstances process here.