OSHEU Pandemic Flu Information
Students who are fit and well tend to think they do not need to register with a GP, but those who do not register with a doctor are leaving themselves at significant risk.
It is very important that all students are registered with a GP and it is especially important at this time to be prepared for the possibility of becoming unwell with swine flu.
Registering later will be more difficult it is important to take this precautionary action and register with a GP to ensure
- Appropriate care when you become unwell.
- Access to anti viral medication is available should it be required.
- When the vaccine becomes available this will only be obtained through a GP.
If you are not registered with a GP we strongly advise you to register as soon as possible by:
- Contacting the GP and request registration. Click here for a list of GP practices in Cardiff, select one that is close to your accommodation.
- If the GP is unable to register you, they should provide you with alternative advice as to where to register.
- If you are unable to register contact the NHS Wales Business Service Centre on 01495 332000, where you will be allocated a GP.
If you find difficulties in registering with a GP in Cardiff, please come to the University’s Health Centre at 47 Park Place and we will assist you in registration.
Be a flu buddy and have a flu buddy
What is the flu buddy system?
The flu buddy system facilitates and encourages students to look out for each other, to spot the signs of swine flu, and to help and support each other, if they become unwell with the virus.
The flu buddy will usually be a friend or someone the student can trust. They will be someone the student can keep in touch with and who can help look after them when they feel at their worst during the infection.
More information about the flu buddy system can be found here.
How do you get help when you become unwell with Swine Flu?
If you have flu-like symptoms:
- Stay at home
- check your symptoms by calling the Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1 513 513 or visiting www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk
- Contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 4647.
- Contact/Phone your GP surgery.
- Do not go to your GP surgery - unless you are advised to do so or are seriously ill, as you may spread the illness to others.
- Do not go to the Accident and Emergency department - unless you are advised to do so or are seriously ill, as you may spread the illness to others.
- Do not go to the University health centre - unless you are advised to do so or are seriously ill, as you may spread the illness to others.
Protect yourself and others.
Follow respiratory and hand hygiene such as:
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
- Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
- Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people.
- Use a sanitiser hand gels/wipes where possible if there is no soap and water available.
- Where possible cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.
- Join the flu buddy scheme here.