Staying healthy this winter

With the colder weather approaching colds, coughs and sneezes are common and can be easily shared amongst your housemates and classmates. 

Staying well

To help you stay well and protected this season we're sharing some top tips and helpful resources.

  • To avoid the spreading of germs, wash your hands often and well with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand gel. Remember to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • If you’re living with housemates then avoid sharing personal items such as towels and face-cloths.
  • If you start to feel unwell then you should avoid coming onto campus or going to any social gatherings. Try to stay at home and reduce your time with others. 
  • If your symptoms persist or worsen you should get medical help and the first point of call is to speak to your GP (General Practitioner - Doctor). Make sure you register with a practice close to where you spend most of your time, likely to be your term-time address. For more information on how to do this see registering with a doctor

Free out of hours

  • The NHS offer free out of hours advice to anyone who has a concern about any health-related matter. To get medical help:
    - Call NHS Direct (111 from any phone device)
    - Visit 111 online
    - Drop by your local walk-in centre (the closest to campus is the QE Hospital Hub) or see list of NHS walk-in vaccination sites.


  • It's always good to check your vaccinations are up to date. For more information on what vaccines you’re encouraged to get including meningitis, MMR, HPV, Monkeypox and more visit vaccinations.
  • If you're concerned about common infectious diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella you can find out more about the signs, symptoms and vaccines available on prevention of infectious diseases.
  • With the rise of Covid-19 cases you are encouraged to get your free vaccines. In the UK, anybody who is aged 18 or over is eligible. If you’re not already fully vaccinated, you can receive a first, second or booster doses of the vaccine through the UK National Health Service (NHS).
  • For up to date covid-safe advice visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS.

Taking care of yourself


For more resources on how you can take care of yourself this winter from eating a well-balanced diet to ways to get active in your local area, visit our taking care of yourself intranet page.


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