During your time at University you will be living in Chester for the majority of the year. Therefore, it is important that you register with a local GP in Chester as soon as possible and not wait until you are poorly. It is particularly important if you have a long term condition such as asthma or diabetes, or require medication. Your new doctor will be able to liaise with your usual hospital consultant if necessary. During the holidays you can return to your home GP and be seen as a temporary patient as needed.
When calling the practice for an appointment we will ask you for a brief description of the problem and this is to prioritise problems and ensure patients are seen by the correct clinician at the correct time. You don’t always need to see a GP. In a large team of clinical staff it is often more appropriate to see a Nurse or Nurse Practitioner. Or even someone outside the practice, for example, the local pharmacist. In West Cheshire there is a service provided by the pharmacies called Pharmacy First.
There is a screening campaign in West Cheshire which aims to reduce the prevalence of Chlamydia in the community. This is why all young people aged 16-25 are offered a test even if no symptoms are evident and you are attending the practice concerning another issue.
If this is your first year in University please ensure that you have received the MenACWY vaccination – for more information visit www.nhs.uk. If you are unsure please contact the practice to speak to one of our team.
You can register with us by completing the student registration form which you can request from us.