The University is aware that some students may have support needs around the above area. See the associated policy for more information - PDF 79.6 KB
Colds and flu can occur throughout the year, but appear to be more common in the winter months. It’s important to be aware of the different types of flu-like illnesses you may encounter and look after yourself.
The main symptoms of a cold are sneezing, a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose. This may be accompanied by a high temperature, tiredness and headache. The flu is more severe and symptoms develop quickly, which usually include a fever, severe aches and pains, and exhaustion.
The best way to fight off infection is to have a healthy lifestyle, eat a healthy diet, take regular exercise, get plenty of rest and follow good standards of hygiene.
*if taking over the counter medicines, check with the pharmacist that they will not interact with any other medication you are taking. Make sure you don’t take more than the recommended dose.
Most people recover from normal flu within a week or so, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.
If you are still unwell after seven days, it may be an indication of something more serious and you may need to see a GP or call the NHS 111 helpline for advice.
It is important to make sure you are registered with a GP local to the University.
Meningococcal disease is a rare but life threatening disease that occurs mainly in young children and young adults.
The University of Bedfordshire would like to highlight to all students the importance of having a Meningitis vaccination to protect against the disease. More information here
The University works in partnership with local GP surgeries / GP practices to support your health needs.
You will need to register with a local doctor (GP) when you come to University - do not leave this until you are unwell.
We recommend you do this during your induction week when representatives are on campus.
Registration with any GP surgery is free but you can only register with one GP / Health Centre at any time.
Castle Street Surgery is the dedicated GP surgery for students at the Luton campus. It is a 5 minute walk from the University Square building.
Goldington Avenue Surgery is the dedicated GP practice for students at the Bedford campus.
Central Milton Keynes Medical Centre is the nearest GP surgery to Milton Keynes campus.
It is easy to walk from the campus using the 'redways' cycle/footpaths.
Registration: 10.30am – 3.30pm Monday - Friday.
Contact our Disability Advice Team if you have complex medical needs that you feel will affect your academic performance and would like to discuss support requirements.