Nobody wants to have to see the doctor, but it pays to be prepared if you do. Here's some quick tips to help you be ready if you need to see one.
Register with a doctor
Being registered with a doctor means a quicker service, as well as better access to your medical records. Register with a Doctor as soon as you arrive at the university, either with the Health Centre or with a local GP - don't leave registering until you become unwell.
Vaccinations and medications
Get any vaccinations you need before you arrive at Royal Holloway. If you are taking regular medication, including oral contraceptives, you should bring sufficient supplies to last for at least two months.
If you're an international student please also bring full details of all medicines (noting that some medications might not be available in the UK).
Make sure you know how to get help
Make yourself aware of the health services offered (e.g. sexual health clinic, physiotherapy) and the out of hours system.
Get a medical kit for your home
Buy some standard flu remedies such as paracetamol or Ibuprofen. There are a large number of over the counter remedies available from the pharmacist but by and large these are expensive and have not been shown to be significantly better at relieving symptoms than the cheaper options.
Help each other
Get to know your flat mates / house mates and agree to support each other if you are unwell - for example by collecting prescriptions or food supplies for each other.
Look after yourself!
Look after yourself! Getting run down makes you vulnerable to Flu and other illnesses so take care of yourself by eating well, getting enough sleep and keeping alcohol consumption within reasonable limits.
The NHS website about student health has more tips about staying healthy while studying at university.