STUDENTS starting university and college in Tayside this year are being reminded of the wide range of health advice and information available to them at www.nhsinform.co.uk.
The popular health resource provides a wealth of advice and information on health issues relevant to young people as they embark on or continue their higher education years.
NHS inform is a new national health information service and provides a co-ordinated approach and a single source of quality assured health information for the public.
The Health A-Z is packed with information about common illness, treatments and health services, covering topics from acne to yellow fever. The Common Health Questions section includes areas dedicated to sexual health, women’s and men’s health and food safety. Users can also find out about local health services and information on how to register with a GP.
NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said the information will be useful for any young person move away from home for the first time.
He said: “Moving away from home to start college or university can be a daunting experience for young people. Many students find themselves living away from home for the first time and I would urge them to use www.nhsinform.co.uk for information on healthcare.
“It is essential for students moving away from home for the first time to register with a GP in the new area. A number of universities have a dedicated GP practice for their students and for those that do not, you can search by postcode at www.nhs24.com/FindLocal.
“Whether it is information on accessing services, contraception, or minor ailments and illnesses, NHS inform is a useful resource for young people, especially those living in a new and unfamiliar area.”
NHS inform can also be accessed through the national health information helpline on 0800 22 44 88 and can also be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/nhsinform and Twitter at twitter.com/nhsinform.