UWE invests in better healthcare for students

Issue date: 29 September 2009

stethoscope The University of the West of England has teamed up with the Old School Surgery in Fishponds to deliver a branch surgery that will be known as the University Health Centre based on the Frenchay Campus. The UHC is located in special premises at Carroll Court, former student residences that have undergone a major refurbishment over the summer months to provide a bright waiting area and specially adapted consulting rooms.

Staffed and managed by two senior experienced nurses, the University Health Centre will offer a prescription service for many minor ailments as well as giving general health advice on longer term and chronic conditions. The nurses will refer to GPs at the main surgery in Fishponds for diagnosis and assessment of more complex conditions. The UHC will also have a reception and enquiry team to help manage the appointment bookings.

Mark Sawyer, UWE's Assistant Director of Student Services (Student Health and Wellbeing), has helped to establish the new Centre, he said, “We are delighted to partner up with the local surgery at Fishponds and extremely grateful for the support and guidance they have provided in helping us to realise this important new service for UWE's students and staff. The University Health Centre has been set up to provide a truly focused service that is responsive to the particular needs of our student community.

“The Old School Surgery welcomes any student in the Bristol area who wishes to register at the Centre, not just those living within the Old School Surgery boundary. UWE staff living in the locality will also be able to register at the Centre.

The UHC will share this location with the Wellbeing Service, Counselling, Occupational Health and Disability Services. The close proximity of related professionals greatly helps students to receive support specifically tailored to their needs.”

Jeremy Lyons, Practice Manager at the Old School Surgery said, “We are really excited to be working with the University. The Centre is the culmination of over a year of planning and will offer an integrated form of healthcare by merging our practice with other student wellbeing services already offered by UWE. We are keen to be accessible and approachable and we are looking forward to a long partnership with the University bringing a student centred service with the back up of our GP Practice in Fishponds.”

The nursing practitioner team comprises Steve Evans and Jo Chambers. Steve Evans said, “We're looking forward to providing a holistic approach to patient services with a convenient on site service. Jo and I have a great deal of experience. I have worked in accident and emergency as well as GP practice and ambulance teams. Jo has worked within Bristol NHS Walk-in Centres for the past few years and we are both qualified to assess, manage and treat patients presenting with minor injuries and illnesses. We want to encourage students to look after themselves and having an accessible service on the door step should go a long way to helping achieve this.”

The new University Help Centre opened for business just one week ago.

For more details please see University Health Centre

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