When the College Nurse is not on duty, if you become ill or injured and need medical help or advice, choose well by using the right NHS service for your needs.

Student Guide to NHS Services in Cambridge


Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs and colds, sore throats, upset stomachs, and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
Some self-care essentials:

  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Re-hydration mixtures
  • Indigestion remedies
  • A thermometer

NHS Choices : https://www.nhs.uk/

Need to find local health services quickly?  New ‘MyHealth’ app for Cambridge students

Students are encouraged to download the new ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ app that will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes local GPs, pharmacies and dentists, based on your location or postcode. 

Free to download the app provides up to date information on current services including directions, opening hours, and contact details. It is also available in five other languages, including Polish, Latvian, and Lithuanian.

The app is available to download for iOS via Apple Store and Android via Google Play by searching for ‘MyHealth C&P CCG’.  

111 - Telephone Advice Line

Medical help or advice is available 24 hours a day through NHS 111 by phone. Just call 111.
You can also use the NHS Symptom Checker online at www.nhs.uk

Mental Health Crisis call 111 - Option 2 





The First Response Service supports people experiencing a mental health crisis.  The First Response Service provides 24-hours access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice, support and treatment.  By calling 111, and selecting option 2, you will be put through to a member of the FRS who will speak to you and discuss your current mental health needs.


Easy access to advice and treatment from your Community Pharmacy. This service complements existing GP & Out of Hours services and may save the need for an appointment. 

GP Surgeries

The following GP surgeries are within a short distance of College residences:

Newnham Walk Surgery tel: 01223 366811 - have two surgeries in town.

The main surgery on Wordsorth Grove (near Sedgwick Site) CB3 9HS and a new surgery located centrally at Boots the Chemist (1st Floor) in Cambridge City centre.

Bridge Street Medical Centre tel: 0844 477 3939
2 All Saints Passage , Cambridge CB2 3LS

Lensfield Rd Medical Practice tel : 0844 3878222
48 Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 3LS

Trumpington Street Medical Practice tel: 01223 361611
56 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RG

Urgent Care Cambridgeshire

Overnight and at weekends, Urgent Care Cambridgeshire provide the out of hours' GP service and can be contacted on 0330 123 9131 or via your GP surgery's number. They are based at Chesterton Hospital, Union Lane.  Please remember that this service is for conditions which cannot wait until your GP practice is open.

A&E or 999

In an extreme emergency the nearest Accident & Emergency Department is at Addenbrooke's Hospital.  An extreme emergency is a condition such as a suspected broken bone, road accident, a severe wound that requires stitching, suspected heart attack or any other life threatening condition. Please use this service appropriately!

You should only call 999 in an emergency. If it is not a life-threatening situation, consider the other options available to you.

Inform College via the Porters

If you are feeling unwell it is a good idea to let the porter's lodge know so that relevant help/people can be informed if necessary. All Porters are First Aid trained and must be informed in an emergency, to help deliver care and to ensure that paramedics are promptly directed when necessary.


Page updated 21st January 2019