If you are physically or mentally unwell make sure you get support from the appropriate healthcare services. You can also get support
for your studies.
If your mobility is affected:
As well as the information given above for short-term illness, the following may help:
- Talk to your Student Services Hub about what help might be available to you including examination arrangements
and advice regarding submitting extenuating circumstances
- Talk to your personal tutor (if you are not sure who your tutor is, contact your departmental office) about:
- Priorities for completing work
- Guidance on what materials might be available (eg copies of presentations or handouts not available on ORB) or reading you can do to help you to catch up on what has been missed
- Advice on rules of assessment (how much work you can make up)
- Intermission is an option if you need time off from your studies to recover
Measles, mumps and rubella
Measles and mumps are highly infectious, a cough or a sneeze can spread the virus over a wide area. It particularly spreads among the student
population because of greater social mixing and living in close proximity.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella are diseases with serious complications:
- Measles has various symptoms followed
by a red-brown spotty rash that develops a few days later
- Mumps is most recognisable by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears,
read more about the symptoms of mumps.
- Rubella (German Measles) often produces a red-pink rash as one of
the symptoms of rubella
When to seek medical help
If you believe you have contracted measles or mumps, the best advice is to see your doctor. It is best not to mix with others until recovered.
Emergencies and out-of-hours help
If you need medical advice outside of surgery opening hours, call NHS advice on 0845 46 47.
MMR is the common name for the mumps, measles and rubella vaccination, you are strongly advised to have
the MMR vaccination. This is especially important if you are going to
be living in close contact with lots of other students in University-owned accommodation. If, for any reason, it is not possible for you to have the
vaccination before you arrive at University, you should inform your new local doctor when you register with them.
You need two doses of MMR to be protected against mumps. MMR was introduced in 1988, with a second dose being introduced in 1996. Some teenagers
and young people have not had two doses of MMR. This has led to several outbreaks of mumps in young people in recent years.
If you have never had the MMR vaccine, you should have one dose now and another after one month. For those of you who are not sure if you have
had your second dose – having more than two will not do any harm - so it is better to have it than not.
Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the lining of the brain. It can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Meningitis is rare and does
not spread easily from person to person. The bacteria which cause meningitis and meningococcal disease are spread by coughing, sneezing or direct
contact such as kissing, but they die rapidly outside the body so there is little risk unless you have had very close contact with an infected person.
However, the disease can develop very rapidly, sometimes within a matter of hours. The biggest problem is that most of the early symptoms are
mild and similar to those you get with flu or hangover.
- Severe headache
- Joint or muscle pains
- Stiff neck
- Dislike of bright lights
- Fine rash which does not disappear when pressed with a glass
- More information about symptoms (not all need to be present)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get medical help immediately. Do not wait until the following day. Around one
in ten cases are fatal, and people with meningitis can become seriously ill very quickly. Early treatment saves lives and can reduce the long-term
impact of the illness.
In an emergency
If you need to see a doctor urgently out of surgery hours or at weekends or vacation time, please contact the practice or see
our emergency information.
If you have had close contact with a person diagnosed with probable bacterial meningitis, you will be offered antibiotics to minimise the risk of
becoming ill or transmitting the disease. Antibiotics are not offered for less close contacts because the risks are small and because:
- the meningitis germ may become resistant to the antibiotics and so make future protection impossible
- there can be side effects from taking antibiotics, which are occasionally serious
- the nose and throat contain many germs which protect against infection. Antibiotics may kill all of these germs and remove this natural
protection, which may put people more at risk of developing meningococcal disease
Vaccination is not generally recommended in response to a case of meningitis as there are several different strains of meningitis and it does not
provide protection against the most common form. So, even if you have been vaccinated against Meningitis C, please seek medical help if you are
suffering from the symptoms above.