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Information on symptoms and self-care advice


If you live in a Residential College it is very important that you let your RA /Warden know you are unwell. The College can then care for you and also take measures to reduce the spread of infection (e.g. you may be allocated a separate bathroom).

If you work as a food handler you must not work until all your symptoms have settled for 48 hours. In addition do not prepare food for others – for example in a flat and for 48 hours after your symptoms have settled.

In general, please do not attend classes, lectures, labs until your symptoms have settled, as this could put others at risk of picking up infections.

Please be aware of the University's Special Consideration in Final Exams Policy, as the above advise is not intended to supersede the Policy, and is not to be interpreted as advice not to sit an exam. Further information on Special Consideration

If you feel you need to attend Student Health please phone us first and give a brief outline of your problem. This information helps us provide the most suitable care. This may mean phone advice, seeing a health professional and/or having prescribed medication, observation and rest at Student Health for several hours.

The single most effective way of stopping the spread of infectious diarrhoea/vomiting is hand-washing. Use soap, warm water and rub hands for at least 20 seconds, then dry them for a further 20 seconds. Cleaning: use bleach diluted (20 ml–4 teaspoons to 1 litre water) to clean, taps, toilets, bench tops.

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