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Final Exams - Special Consideration

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:12am

For all information regarding Final Exams and Special Consideration please follow link to the Exams Office.

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Planning Day closures and changes to hours

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:31am

Student Health will be closed on the following days and times for planning days and workshops.

  • Wednesday 16th November - Closed
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Closed
  • Tuesday 29th November - Opening 2 - 5pm

Click here for all afterhours and emergency healthcare during these times please

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Meningitis Information

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 9:36am

We are all shocked and saddened by the recent, student death to meningitis and are thinking of all of you directly affected by this loss.

Meningococcal disease can be difficult to distinguish from other forms of acute illness with fever, making it difficult to be absolute about danger signs and/or what to do.

If you are concerned or want to learn more about meningitis, please refer to the information below or the Ministry of Health website.

If you have an acute concern about yourself, a friend or flatmate, please ring Healthline 0800 611 116 or contact us here at Student Health 0800 479 821

Meningitis

Various strains of meningococcal bacteria cause a rare disease either by ‘blood poisoning’ (septicaemia) and/or ‘meningitis’ (infection of the membranes around the brain), both of which are potentially fatal.
Meningococci are transmitted by droplet aerosol or secretions from the nasopharynx of colonised persons. Close and prolonged contact- eg kissing, sneezing or coughing on someone, or living in close quarters, sharing eating/drinking utensils –facilitates the spread of the bacteria. The bacteria attach to and multiply on the mucosal cells of the nasopharynx. It is believed that 10%-20% of the population carries meningitis bacteria at any given time. In a small (less than 1%) of colonised persons the organism penetrates the mucosal cells and enters the bloodstream causing disease as above.

The Ministry of Health currently recommend vaccination against meningococcal C disease for young adults in hostel-type accommodation. The potential risk relates to the population density of living conditions in this type of accommodation; note this level of density may exist in some rented accommodation.

No vaccine is ever 100% guaranteed to protect against disease. It is important that people who have symptoms suggestive of meningococcal disease or are seriously ill access medical care as soon as possible. Friends and flatmates should be ready to look after each other and know how to access urgent health care

More information about meningoccal disease

Information on the meningococcal vaccination [PDF, 200KB]