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15 June 2017
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging students returning home to the county for the summer to temporarily register with a GP, to ensure they have access to the health care they need. It’s easy to register with a local GP practice as a temporary patient and registration lasts for up to three months, so it’s valid for the whole summer holiday.
Dr David Howard, a GP in Bedfordshire, said: “Students returning home for the summer should register with a local GP practice on a temporary basis to ensure they can see a doctor if they need to during the holidays.
“They will still be registered with their usual GP when they go back to university for the new term, and any information about treatment they receive over the summer will be passed on by their temporary GP to be added to their medical records.
“When registering, students will need to provide details of any current or previous medical conditions, allergies and medication they’re taking, along with the name of their permanent GP practice. That will ensure they have access to a local GP in case they become unwell.
“If they haven’t already registered at a health centre near their college address, parents should encourage their student children to put this at the top of their to-do lists when they return to university in the autumn.”
As well as making sure they have access to a GP, students should be aware of what to do if their GP practice is not open, such as in the evenings and at weekends.
There are two things they need to be aware of: the website www.nhs.uk and the phone number 111. The website can direct them to the nearest NHS service – all they need to do is type in their postcode.
The NHS111 service is for when it’s urgent but not an emergency. Simply dialling 111 will put the caller in touch with the NHS. A series of questions will be help the call handler direct the caller to the service which is right for them at that time.
Local pharmacies also offer confidential advice on a range of common illnesses, and are often open late in the evening and at weekends.
During term time it’s recommended that students who live away from home register at a GP practice close to their college address.
To find a GP surgery near to their college or home address, and for more information about registering with a GP and about other NHS services in their area, students should visit www.nhs.uk or search NHS Choices online.
For more information contact 01525 864406/ 01525 864430 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
· Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
· BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 53 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 53 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.