The following resources may be helpful when you are facing challenges and what you can do to address them.
- Alcohol and Drugs
For information on the effects of alcohol and tips on safer drinking, head over to the AUSA website.
- NHS – Drinking and Alcohol
- NHS – Student Health
- Alcohol and Drugs Action
- Drink Aware
- Aberdeen City Drugs and Alcohol Partnership
- Know your Limits
- Alcoholics Anonymous
Student Safety and Drugs
Studies show that students are more likely to take drugs compared to the general population. Before you have any involvement with drugs, make sure you know all the facts. The different names, the effects they have, the risks involved and what the law says. Know your stuff about the so-called ‘legal highs’ and find out how drugs can affect your brain in the short and long term. Head over to AUSA for more information on drugs.
If you’re worried about drugs or somebody that’s involved with drugs, talk to someone. There are support services both on and off campus, which are available for you to talk about anything in complete confidence. The University provides a range of support services and there are external organisations such as:
- TalktoFrank who offer live-chat and phone services, and
- Alcohol and Drugs Action that are on hand for free advice and support.
- NHS – Student Health
- Safe Campaign
- Aberdeen City – Alcohol and Drugs Partnership
- NUS – Drugs, The Lock Campaign
These are relatively new products on the market and are still being developed. If you’d like to learn more about e-cigarettes, including their strengths and weaknesses, try the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s article on Electronic Cigarettes
- Doctors - How to Register
It is important that you register with a doctor as soon as possible, preferably within two weeks of your arrival in Aberdeen. Do not wait until you are sick to register. It is especially important to register with a doctor if you have any prescriptions as you will not be able to renew them until you are registered. If you are already registered with a doctor based in Aberdeen, then you do not need to register with another.During Fresher’s week representatives of Old Aberdeen Medical Practice will be on campus. You can register with them or visit your chosen practice to register after Fresher’s week.
Medical Practices around the UniversityWhere you live:Your Medical Practice will be:
Old Aberdeen Medical Practice12 Sunnybank RoadAberdeenAB24 3NG
Tel: 01224 643333
Denburn Health CentreRosemount ViaductAberdeenAB25 1QB
King Street Exchange
King Street Old Fire Station
Tel: 0345 0130740
Calsayseat Medical Group44 Powis PlaceAberdeenAB25 3TX
Tel: 0345 33706370These practices have identified capacity for student registrations but they are not the only practices with whom students may register.To find the nearest alternative Medical Practice to you, you can use the Service Directory on the NHS Inform website or call the Practitioners Services Division on 01224 358400.You can make an appointment at your doctor over the phone or in person. Routine appointments are usually around 10 minutes. If you have a complex problem or have several issues that you want to discuss you can also schedule a double appointment. Try to arrive at the medical practice a few minutes early for your appointment. If you are unable to attend an appointment let your medical practice know as soon as possible, you can either reschedule or cancel your appointment.
If you are a Tier 4 student and you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (HIS) as part of your visa application you will be able to access National Health Service (NHS) treatment when you arrive in Scotland. You will need to pay for dental treatment. Additional visa applications will require a further payment for the period of the extension. If you are a student coming for short-term study you must obtain medical insurance before travelling to the UK.
European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss national students should obtain a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) from your country prior to coming to the UK.
- Dentists - How to Register
If you are not already registered with a dentist, you are recommended to do so.
In Scotland visits to the dentist and dental work are generally not free of charge. While some dentists offer a free check-up service, charges and procedures differ by practice.
There are three types of dentists you can register with:
Not all NHS practices are able to accept new patients, so make sure to ask before registering. NHS dental procedures are not free, however they are charged at a reduced rate and therefore tend to be cheaper than private practices.
- - NHS practices
- - Private practices
- - Private practices which offer NHS services.
If you are registered with a dentist and you have severe toothache or a dental emergency, you are advised to contact your dental practice. Even in the practice is closed, an automated message will provide specific instructions.
Dental Practices around the UniversityOld Aberdeen Dental PracticeThe Hub, Elphinstone RoadAberdeenAB24 3TUTel: 01224 274230King Street Dental Practice173 King StreetAberdeenAB24 5AETel: 01224 640759Hilton Dental Practice2 Hilton StreetAberdeenAB24 4QX
Tel: 01224 486817
- Emergency Medical Care
EmergencyCall 999 in a medical emergency. This is when you or some else is seriously ill, injured, or someone’s life is at risk.
Out of HoursIf you need urgent health advice when your GP practice or dentist is closed, you can call NHS 24 on 111. You should call NHS 24 if you are too ill to wait until your GP practice reopens. You can access the service free of charge from your mobile phone or landline. NHS 24 cannot prescribe medications or book you an appointment with your GP. They can advise you on what to do or book an emergency doctor appointment at your primary care emergency centre if the nurse practitioner thinks it is necessary.
- First Aid
If you or a fellow student is involved in an accident on the University Campus and require a First Aider, you should go to the nearest University building and ask for a First Aider. There will usually be a First Aider notice displayed nearby with contact telephone numbers to reach them on.
If the accident is serious and/or life threatening then you should dial 999 immediately.
Everyday First Aid Advice
All pharmacies dispense prescriptions and most supply emergency contraception on the NHS. You can visit any pharmacy to have your prescription dispensed, it does not have to be the same one. If you run out of your regular medicines and can’t obtain a prescription from your GP, your pharmacist can dispense an urgent repeat supply.Pharmacies sell a wide range of over the counter medicines to treat minor ailments such as hay fever, athlete’s foot, head lice and cold sores.
You can also get expert advice or information on healthcare and help with your medicines. There is no need to make an appointment.
Pharmacies around the UniversityBaird’s Pharmacy519A King StreetAberdeenAB24 3BT
Tel: 01224 483783Rowlands Pharmacy695 George StreetAberdeenAB25 3XP
Tel: 01224 635519Rosemount Pharmacy1 Mount StreetAberdeenAB25 2RA
Tel: 01224 630101
- Sexual Health
Maintaining a good sexual health is an important part of staying healthy during your time at the University of Aberdeen. Whether you need advice on contraception, check-ups, or are unsure what to do in a medical emergency – you can find it by following these links.
Free condoms, as well as more advice on sexual health, are available from AUSA Advice.
If something doesn’t seem right to you, get it checked out as soon as you can. Grampian Sexual Health at The Health Village is a free confidential clinic that provides services including dealing with STIs, emergency contraception, contraceptive implants and coils, as well as support and testing for men and women who have been sexually assaulted. You can call 0345 337 9900 to book an appointment or make an enquiry at any sexual health clinic in Grampian.
Information for students who become pregnant or adopt children, and their partners, can be found in the Academic Quality Handbook. Students are encouraged to discuss their circumstances with a Student Support Adviser. If you would like further information and details on the choices available to you, visit your local family planning clinic.
- Staying Active
Here at the University of Aberdeen, we’ve got world-class sports facilities at the Aberdeen Sports Village that all of our students can take advantage of and students are invited to join any of the Student Union’s wide range of sports clubs.
Our £28 million Olympic Standard Sports Village boasts a full sized, 3rd Generation FIFA approved indoor football pitch, large state-of-the-art gym and a full programme of fitness classes.
The new Aquatics Centre opened in May 2014. This world class facility includes a 50 metre, 10 lane Olympic standard swimming pool, an international-standard diving pool with moveable floor and a health suite. It is located adjacent to Aberdeen Sports Village.
- Students in Crisis
If you are experiencing a crisis, or emergency, and need urgent support please go to the Accident & Emergency Department of your local Hospital OR dial 999 and ask for an Ambulance.
During the day (0900-1700) - If you need to speak to someone urgently at the University you can contact the Student Advice & Support Office to speak with an adviser. You can visit us in person on the top floor of the Students’ Union Building or you can call us on 01224 273935.
Evenings and weekends - You can contact your GP Practice to request an Emergency Appointment. If the GP Practice is closed, you should telephone NHS 24 on 111 (NHS out-of-hours).
Other out-of-hours services for people in crisis are listed below:
- Prevent Suicide - App
116 123 (freephone 24 hours)
- Breathing Space
0800 838587 (freephone Mon - Thurs 6pm - 2am & Fri 6pm - Mon 6am)
01224 272829 (local number, 8pm-8am term time)
- Rape Crisis Grampian
01224 590932 (local number, Mon - Thurs 9am-5pm)
- Rape Crisis Scotland
08088 010302 (freephone daily 6pm-midnight)
- Prevent Suicide - App
- Student Resident Assistants
You can go to them with any welfare concern you might have; homesickness, exam worries, relationship or family problems, tensions between flatmates or simply if you need someone to talk to in confidence. They provide friendly, confidential support and can point you in the direction of appropriate professional services.
During Welcome Week, the SRAs will hold welcome meetings with your floor or block, and help you draw up some basic agreements with your fellow residents on issues like noise, parties, cleaning. They will also organise fun events for you throughout the year so that you will have plenty of opportunities to meet other residents and chill out together. If you have ideas on what events you would like to see in halls make sure you let them know.