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College Nurse

St Edmunds has a part time College Nurse, Taryn Rothwell who is available to help with any concerns both to undergraduates and graduates with a wide variety of health and welfare needs, ranging from help and advice with minor illnesses and injuries to support for emotional issues. If more specialised help or treatment is required, she will help refer you or point you in the right direction whether via your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local service. 

If you have ongoing health condition please come and see Taryn at the earliest opportunity, to discuss your needs and the support available .It is especially important for any student who has a (potentially) serious condition such as life-threating allergy (Anaphylaxis), Asthma, Diabetes or Epilepsy or a disability to see her as soon as possible to provide the support you might need during your stay in Cambridge.

Any information shared with the College Nurse is treated in strict medical confidence and will not be divulged to anyone without your consent. As with all health care environments, sharing information would only occur in exceptional circumstances.

If it is in the interest of the student for information to be shared with other Health Professionals or University Staff then informed consent will be gained first.

Opening Times:

Please note that the College Nurse will be seeing St Edmund’s students at her clinic at Magdalene College instead of St Edmund’s until further notice. The clinic hours are as follows: .  (Further details are posted on the Tutorial Notice Board.)

Monday: 09:30-11:00
Tuesday: 09:30-10:30
Thursday: 14:30-18:00

To access the clinic please report to the Porters’ Lodge at Magdalene College and tell that you are a St Edmund’s student wanting to see the Nurse. In order to book an appointment please email

Telephone no: 01223-330205 (available on this number during clinic times only)  

There may be occasions due to unforeseen circumstances when the clinic has to be closed - a note will be posted on the door and if time allows an update will be posted on this site.

If you are feeling unwell it is a good idea to let the Reception know so that relevant help/people can be informed if necessary. 

If you need any First Aid advice when the clinic is closed contact Reception 01223 336250  (or your own GP Surgery)

If you need help when your GP Surgery is closed please call NHS 111 which is the NHS 24 hour health advice/management line. After a triage assessment they will be able to schedule emergency GP/Dental Appointments or direct you to other services as deemed appropriate.

For life threatening emergencies please call 999.

Health Information

A new guide to the local NHS just for Cambridge University students is now available. Whether you’re joining us this year, or returning to the city to continue your studies, the guide covers everything from registering with a GP to mental health and from colleges nurses and how they can help you to what to keep a medical kit.

NHS Choices

If you become unwell or are injured make sure you choose the right NHS service to make sure you get the best treatment.

Expert Self Care App

The Expert Self Care Student App is a one stop guide to answering common student health questions within seconds:


Very important to know the signs and symptoms of Meningitis, please read the following websites to familiarise yourself if you not sure:

Meningitis NHS choice

Local hospital

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge: (01223 245151)

Accident & Emergency Department, Addenbrooke’s: (01223 217118)

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.       

NHS 111

NHS 111  is the NHS non-emergency number.

First Response Service (FRS)

The FRS 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.  For more information please see their information leaflet

Counselling and Mental Health

University Counselling Service :  (01223 332865)

Mind - a Mental Health charity: Helpline (0845 766 0163)

Samaritans  - Samaritans 24hr service where you can talk in your own way and off the record, about whatever's getting to you. T: 08457 90 90 90.

Nightline (formally Linkline)

Get some Headspace -

 Psychological Wellbeing Service -

Eating Disorders - for information and help

Eating Disorders Association

Eating disorders help guide


HIV/AIDS Guidelines on Cambridge University website

Physiotherapy and sports injuries

Physio Direct is a telephone self-referral service available to anyone registered with a Cambridge GP. If you have an acute or chronic joint or soft tissue problem ring 01223 446999 Monday-Friday 13.00-17.00. The physiotherapist will make a diagnosis and prescribe exercises over the phone (call usually takes 10-15 minutes). An appointment or follow up advice will be offered if necessary. Alternatively you can complete a self-referral form available at your GP Surgery.


Websites for General Health Information and Advice

 Patient UK

camStudent health

Foreign Travel Information

Fit For Travel

Foreign Office - Travel & Living Abroad

Sexual Health and Contraception

For comprehensive information on sexual health and to book online sexual health appointments at:

Safe places map:

Myths about Consent:

Rape & Sexual Assault: Information for students put together by the Cambridge Student Health and Wellbeing Committee:

Other useful numbers & resources


NHS Dental Service page 

For emergency dental care telephone 01223 723093 (weekdays only)


University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre: Contact on 01223 332301

Websites for General Health Information and Advice

 Patient UK

camStudent health

Student Advice Service T: 01223 746999

Please note: this is general information and liable to change, so please check rules at point of care.