Registering with the UMC

New Students & Staff of the UoK (Canterbury Campus)  

Don’t forget to REGISTER with the University Medical Centre.

 

Find out what’s involved and why it is important for your health to register & see our immunisation advice for New Students

New patients from the local community

New Patients (non-students) registering with the University Medical Centre  must  live within a three mile radius of the University Medical Centre  please see our registration page  for more information.

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Meninigitis ACWY Vaccine

New students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.

The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

If you have not had your Meningitis ACWY  Vaccine before arriving at the University,  please ring the surgery on 01227 469333 to find out the date of the next walk in clinic.   No appointment necessary for these clinics – first come first served.

For more details got to our New Student Letter which goes into more detail.

 

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Men B Vaccine for Babies

A new vaccine to prevent meningitis is being offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme.  The Men B vaccine is recommended for babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months.

The Men B vaccine will protect your baby against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria, which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.

Meningococcal infections can be very serious, causing meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can lead to severe brain damage, amputations and, in some cases, death.

Meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B bacteria can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children.

The new programme makes England the first country in the world to offer a national, routine and publicly funded Men B vaccination programme.

For more information go to the NHS Choices Website

The UMC will be following the current guidelines for Men B Vaccinations and will not be vaccinating children outside this age range.

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Zika Virus

Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. For most people it is a very mild infection and isn’t harmful.

However, it may be more serious for pregnant women, as it’s been linked to birth defects – specifically, abnormally small heads (microcephaly). Zika does not naturally occur in the UK. Zika outbreaks have been reported in the Pacific region, and the virus has now spread to South and Central America and the Caribbean.

To find out more about the Zika Virus go to NHS Choices website
For a printable leaflet from Public Health England please click here

 

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Allocated Named GP for Each Patient

 

In accordance with NHS England we are contractually obliged to allocate a named GP to all our patients including children. For more  information on this please  click here

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Health Help Now – New App

 

The NHS in Kent and Medway has a free website and app to help you find the right treatment, especially when you are not sure what to do or who to contact.

Whether you have a baby with a high temperature, a child who is being sick, a teenager who is feeling low or you have sprained your ankle and for many other health problems, the Health Help Now web app can guide you to the service that will help you best.

New features available on the Apple and Android versions include a health wallet, where users can make notes about symptoms or questions they may need to ask a GP, keep a list of health appointments and contacts, save favourite pages from Health Help Now and view other useful apps.

Health Help Now lists common symptoms for people of all ages and helps you find the best place for treatment for them in the local area. It shows the nearest services, whether they are open or closed, and provides a map of their location and directions.

Health Help Now also offers reliable health advice and links to other useful websites. Available at www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net, it works on smartphones, tablets, and computers. To find the downloadable apps, just search Health Help Now at the Apple Store and the Android Google Play Store.

Why not download it to your device now so you have it to hand when you need it?

If you don’t have internet access, or if you need medical help fast but it isn’t a 999 emergency, dial 111.

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Change of Contact Details

It is very important that we are able to keep your contact details up to date at the University Medical Centre.
If your details have changed in any way please go to our Change your contact details   section to  fill in & submit the Change of Details Form

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Mental Health Therapies at UMC

The University Medical Centre is provides  robust psychological therapies  for our patients.  The University Medical Centre Psychological Therapies is a young, enthusiastic, expert team offering talking therapies for many different psychological problems.  See our Mental Health Services page

We are committed to providing a good quality effective service that is responsive to individual patient need. We are aware that each year nearly a quarter of us experience difficulties with psychological problems such as anxiety, low mood, low self esteem, anger, stress, phobias and trauma. 

Visit our website for information on how to access the service at www.umcpt.co.uk

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Out of Hours Services

If you need help or advice when the University Medical Centre is closed please dial 111 This number is for all problems that can’t wait until your GP’s Surgery is open again. 111 is free of charge from any phone. If  you feel an emergency is life threatening – ring 999 For more details go to our Out of Hours page

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