The University has a team in place regularly monitoring and assessing the latest information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Scottish and UK governments regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. For further information and action, please see University information on the Strathclyde Coronavirus webpage.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you can check your eligibility for testing via NHS Inform.
If you have private car access, live within a reasonable distance and are well enough to do so, testing at a drive through (regional test site or mobile testing unit) would be the default whenever possible. Alternatively, a home delivery test can be ordered online.
If you experience any issues and cannot order online, you should call the testing helpline on 119 or 0300 303 2713 and request a home delivery test. This call is free, and you can order a kit to be delivered to a different address from your “official” (i.e. bank account) address.
You will not be tested via the NHS for coronavirus unless you have symptoms or work in certain roles and need to travel for work. This includes those who work in care homes and selected groups of healthcare workers, and only if this has been agreed as a policy or occupational health decision.
You will not be tested if you need to prove you don’t have coronavirus as a condition of travel. Pre-travel COVID-19 tests may be available in the private sector, however private testing processes vary, and specific criteria may apply dependent on your travel arrangements. Further information on covid-19 health considerations for travel can be accessed through NHS Fit for Travel.
The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous. Find out more about the Protect Scotland App, How it works and How to download it onto your mobile on the Test & Protect website.
Flu Vaccination 20/21
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy, it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week. But flu can be more severe in certain people, and the best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts circulating. With coronavirus (COVID-19) around it's more important than ever to get the flu vaccine this autumn to protect yourself, others and the NHS. If you are in an eligible group you should receive a letter inviting you to get the flu vaccine, please follow these instructions. This year, you may notice you're invited to a new location to receive your flu vaccine or the health professional giving your immunisation has changed. Depending on where you live, you may be able to get your vaccine at:
- healthcare settings such as GP practices, hospitals or community pharmacies
- community venues such as town halls, village halls, sports halls and secondary schools
- drive-through or walk-through clinics
You can check on NHS Inform to see if you are eligible for the free flu vaccination and if you’re not in one of the eligible groups, the link will advise where you can get the vaccine within one of the many community pharmacies for a fee should you choose to. Find out more about the symptoms of flu or visit the self-help guide about Flu-like illness.
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include symptoms such as:
- fever (temperature above 37.8°C)
- dry, chesty cough
- tiredness or exhaustion
General Health Support
General Health Support is available from the Disability & Wellbeing Service. This is a confidential service available to all students at the University who we work with to enable them to access appropriate services. All students should register with a general practitioner (GP) in relation to the postcode area of their term-time address.
The Health & Wellbeing Adviser can assist in promoting positive health and wellbeing by providing advice and information on looking after your health. We provide support with health-related issues, assistance to access other professionals and advice on a range of health issues, minor illness and common ailments.
If you require emergency assistance or First Aid, telephone Security Control on the Emergency Number 2222 (0141 548 2222). University Security Staff are available 24 Hours a day, are qualified to administer First Aid and will take appropriate action.
Student Registration for GP Services
If you are a student and live in university accommodation, and/or also stay within the following postcode areas G1, G2, G3, G4, G21,G31 and G33 the Parade Group Practice can accept you on to their Practice list.
If you live in the G1.1, G1.5, G21.1, G21.2, G21.3, G21.4, G31.2, G31.3, G32.6, G33.2, G4.0 postcode area Townhead Medical Practice can accept you on to their Practice list. Both these medical practices are within Townhead Health Centre, 6 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ES. Patients can ask to register with both Practices on a permanent or a temporary basis (if staying at the address for less than 3 months).
Online registration can be completed by the online application forms on the Townhead Medical Practice website or the Parade Group Practice website.
Please remember to take identification with you when you first attend the practice. You are advised to register as soon as possible and not wait until you are unwell. This may delay your medical treatment, as they will not have access to your previous medical records and/or history.
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