Health advice for new students

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STUDENTS starting university and college are being advised by Scotland’s national telehealth and telecare organisation to prepare ahead.

Professor George Crooks, NHS 24 medical director, has said there is a wealth of health advice and information available to students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time, at the dedicated Freshers’ Health section at

He said: “I would urge them to use NHS inform for information on healthcare. During Freshers’ week, I would advise students to take the time to register with a GP in their new area. A number of universities have a dedicated GP practice for their students and for those that do not, you can search by postcode at NHS inform.

“For those students who use regular repeat prescriptions, make sure you take enough with you to last until you register with a GP and it is also a good idea to have a first aid kit and supply of pain relief with you.”

Further health advice and information for students can be found online at

The site provides a wealth of advice and information on health issues relevant to young people as they embark on or continue their higher education years.