The article provides information to students who are worried about their health, and organisations to contact that may be helpful.

If you are worried about your health, and not sure if you should rest, go to bed, call the doctor, go to A&E or phone for an ambulance? - 111 is the NHS non-emergency telephone number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

Make sure you are registered with a Portsmouth GP, and put your GP’s contact details on your phone. See the related article on how to register with a GP.

Services that may be able to help you

  • Alcohol Advisory Service - Advice and counselling service - Tel: (023) 9258 0776 (24 hour service)
  • National Drugs Helpline - Tel: 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour service)
  • Cruse - Helps people dealing with bereavement - Tel: 0870 167 1677 (national 24 hour answer phone helpline)
  • Portsmouth Buddies - Portsmouth Buddies works to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. Buddies provide friendship and support through phone calls or visits, helping people live as independently as possible. A buddy is a trained volunteer, with a non-judgemental attitude who makes a commitment to give time, help and support. - Tel: (023) 9264 7117
  • Aids/HIV Counselling - Counselling pre or post-HIV testing, and also for friends and relatives of anyone with AIDS. Department of GU Medicine, St Mary's Hospital - Tel: (023) 9286 6796
  • Emergency Contraception - Ella Gordon Unit, St Mary's Hospital - Tel: (023) 9286 6301
  • Pharmacy - You can also get advice on minor ailments such as bugs and viruses, minor injuries and aches and pains from your local community pharmacy or chemist. For more information on pharmacists and when they might be able to help visit PharmacyFirst
  • Unplanned pregnancy - Ella Gordon Unit, St Mary's Hospital - Tel: (023) 9286 6301
  • Epilepsy advice - NHS Choices. (Call 999 for an ambulance if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes)

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