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Nurse Advisory Service

The Nurse Advisor, Chris Barnes, is available for advice and in some cases treatment for minor illnesses, accidents, issue prescriptions and provide general advice on health matters and contraception.

Services available

Concerned about HIV? Pick up a self-test kit from the Student Health Service in confidence.

Sexual health

Contraception advice

This service is available to both men and women for confidential advice on all methods of contraception. Free Condoms are available for all students during drop-in sessions or from reception.

Self test Chlamydia packs are available from the nurse advisor.

The Nurse Advisor may be able to prescribe the contraceptive pill.

Emergency contraception

The "morning after pill" can be issued by the Nurse Advisor and is effective if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. You can obtain this free at your GP or family planning clinic.

A coil (IUCD) can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex but this requires referral to a family planning clinic.

Pregnancy tests

The Nurse Advisor is able to perform pregnancy tests and advise on unplanned pregnancy.

More information on sexual health and sexual health services offered by the Student Health Service.


MMR vaccine

We are recommending that all students who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine visit the Health Centre or their GP as soon as possible to have the vaccine. There is no upper age limit for having the vaccine. There will be no charge for being immunised.

Men ACWY vaccine

If you are 24 years old or younger and starting university for the first time it is strongly recommended that you have the Men ACWY vaccine. Meningitis is a serious infection which can kill. The vaccine is available free of charge at the Health Centre.

Travel health

We offer advice on all aspects of health and disease while abroad.

Travel Vaccinations

General health advice

The Nurse Advisor can provide information on a wide range of health problems including:

If you have medication issued by your GP which needs injecting, e.g. B12 injections, the Nurse Advisor may be able to do this.

You can consult the Nurse Advisor during the daily drop-in sessions. You do not need to make an appointment. Drop in 13.00-15.00.

The Nurse Advisor can also advise you if you need to see a GP. Please make sure you register with a GP.

NHS prescriptions

Prescriptions cost £8.40 per item.

The Nurse Advisor may be able to issue a prescription for a limited number of health conditions and oral contraception.  Please note that this service is only available for students registered with Clerkenwell Medical Practice who register locally resident City students.

Please note the Nurse Advisor cannot prescribe medication for you if you are registered elsewhere.  You will need to see your GP for prescriptions.

What to do in an emergency

The Nurse Advisor can see students taken unwell during lectures if available during opening times. Alternatively, please read the Emergency information page.

Rest/quiet room

The Student Health Service has a room with a bed for anyone taken unwell during the day. You can access this room any time between 9am - 5pm.


Please note, all consultations are confidential.