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4.1 Health


4.1.1 The College Nurse and her Surgery

The College Nurse (Mrs Carolyn Taylor) will treat minor ailments, do dressings, and give general advice on medical problems. She is available in the Surgery on B staircase. You are advised to call on her services if you are ill, however trivial the problem may seem. There is no charge. The Nurse is usually available between the hours of 9.00 am and 11.30 am on weekdays (email: nurse@sel (add These times are subject to change; check the notice in the Porters’ Lodge for up-to-date information.

Please CALL or EMAIL the Nurse to arrange an appointment during Covid-19. DO NOT turn up unannounced or congregate outside the Nurse's Office

Drop-in times for the Michaelmas Term:



Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 11.30 am.


Anyone needing to consult the Nurse on an urgent matter outside surgery hours should contact her via the Porters’ Lodge, consult their GP, or go to the Accident and Emergency department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Porters’ Lodge or dial 999 for an ambulance. Please always inform the Porters if an ambulance is called or if someone is accompanied to the hospital without an ambulance being called.


There is useful information about local services for students provided by the NHS.


If you experience a medical emergency which requires you get to Addenbrooke's but does not justify the calling of an ambulance, the JCR will, within certain limitations, pay your taxi fare to and from the hospital. This does not apply in the case of pre-arranged appointments, or if there is other suitable transport available. (NB: The 'Universal' bus service, partly funded by the University, which runs to Addenbrooke's Hospital Bus Station, via Grange and West Roads, only costs £1 if you show your University Card.) If you wish to make a claim, you should obtain a signed receipt from the taxi driver that gives the date and time of travel and the destination and starting place. Then write your own name on the receipt and place it in the JCR Treasurer's pigeonhole.


4.1.2 Registering With a GP


All students must be registered with a local GP. There are various reasons for this, but it is principally so that immediate medical treatment or assessment is available to you if you are unwell at the time of the examinations. Registering may involve a routine medical check. You are required to register with a doctor within a fortnight of arriving in Cambridge, and you must inform the Tutorial Office of the doctor’s name. If there are particular reasons why this presents a problem in your case, you must discuss this in confidence with your Tutor without delay. When registering, you should note the surgery hours and arrangements for your general practitioner.  To register with a GP, visit the practice website and complete the application process for New Patients.  You will need a form of photo ID and a document with your Selwyn address on it and your college bill is a suitable piece of evidence. The nearest local GP surgeries include:




Wordsworth Grove, Newnham Tel: 01223 366811




48 Lensfield Road, Cambridge Tel: 01223 651020




56 Trumpington Street, Cambridge Tel: 01223 361611




4.1.3 Dental and Optician Services


Students wishing to register as an NHS dental patient locally can find out which practices are accepting NHS patients using the NHS search facility. On this and other related matters, see the University guidance. If you need to see and optician or optometrist, the best place to start looking is the Cambridgeshire Minor Eye Conditions Service, which includes city centre practitioners. 


4.1.4 First Aid


If a student is injured, they should immediately seek assistance from a First Aider or the College Nurse and complete an Accident Report Form (available at the Porters’ Lodge). The College’s First Aiders are listed below, though in addition all Porters are trained. If you are qualified in First Aid, please let the College Nurse know.



Carolyn Taylor


College Nurse



Helen Stephens

Head Porter


Duty Porter

Porters' Lodge


Sandor Kovacs

Catering Department


Sotirios Lazarou

Bar Manager


Howard Beaumont

IT Office


Richard Morgan

Development & Alumni Office


Sam Weekes

Gardens Department


Mark Reeder







Porters’ Lodge (2)



College Bar

College Offices (all floors)

Main Kitchen

Gallery landing (main Hall)

Gardens Department

Maintenance Department

Diamond, Cripps Court

Housekeeping Department



4.1.5 Sexual Health


The College is concerned to ensure that all students are aware of the risks of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.K. and how to obtain treatment, if necessary. Any undergraduate who believes that they may have contracted an STD is advised to go for a check-up at iCaSH Lime Tree Clinic, Brookfields Hospital, Mill Road, Cambridge.


In addition to your Tutor, both the Nurse and the Chaplain are available to give confidential advice on this subject, as are the JCR Welfare Officers.


4.1.6 Health Contacts


Useful addresses and telephone numbers:




URL if applicable

Addenbrooke’s Hospital

(incl. Accident & Emergency),  Hills Road

01223 245151

National Health Service

University Counselling Service
Student Services Centre
01223 (3)32865*

Cambridge Students' Unions' Advice Service

01223 (7)46999*

The Samaritans

4 Emmanuel Road

08457 909090


01223 (7)44444*

Occupational Health Service

16 Mill Lane

01223 (3)36594*


4.1.7 Other Medical Services – Expeditions Abroad


The Occupational Health Service at 16 Mill Lane offers advice based on considerable experience to those going abroad during the Long Vacation on expeditions etc. It is advisable to book an appointment early in the year. Phone: (3)36594, email: