With Fresher’s Week fast approaching for university students across the country, health chiefs from Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups are encouraging local students to plan ahead and register with a GP and dentist local to their university.
Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG said:
“Fresher’s week is a chance to enjoy yourself and get to know fellow university students, but it is important to look after your health during the week and ensure you are getting enough rest, staying hydrated and eating nutritious meals. Although there are lots of opportunities to socialise it is important to remember to drink alcohol in moderation and take care of yourself.”
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG added:
“When students go to university, it often seems like a hassle to register with a GP and dentist away from home, but it is so easy to do and will ensure you can access immediate treatment should you become unwell.
“If you become ill during fresher’s week and have not registered with a GP, your local pharmacy can offer expert healthcare advice and provide medications should you need them.”
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