This practice has a long history of looking after students and acting as public health adviser to Colleges and the University.
Unlike other Universities, Oxford does not have a Central University Health Centre. Individual Colleges appoint experienced General Practitioners to look after members of College. It is important to emphasise that confidentiality is paramount and that information is not passed from the College Practice to the College without the express permission of the patient concerned. All College official websites have links to the University Policy on Confidentiality.
The Practice has an active interest in medical education and teaching medical students is a core part of our activity. Every patient has the right to refuse to been seen by a medical student and we are not in any way upset by a refusal. Obviously if you are happy to be seen by a student as well as the doctor it helps with the student's education.
The practice looks after several Oxford Colleges and all the doctors currently working in the practice were medical students at Oxford and therefore understand the particular difficulties that Oxford students may encounter.
Medical Certificates may be necessary at examination times but there are very strict University rules governing these. In the first instance these should be discussed with your Senior Tutor who will advise whether or not a Certificate might be appropriate and suggest visiting the College Doctor.
The College Pastoral Team
The College Doctor, College Nurse, Chaplain and Welfare Officers together with other College Officers make up the Colleges' Pastoral Teams. The members of the team vary from College to College but they are all there to give support to people who are unwell as well as those who are encountering difficulties of whatever kind. There is always someone available to help.
Each College appoints a College Nurse (details of their surgery hours in College are available from the Lodge) and if you are unwell in College they are often the best first port of call. Click on your College link below to contact your College Nurse. We've produced a handy list to help illustrate when to see your College Nurse and when it might be best to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Remember to seek advice on travel vaccinations and prophylaxis well in advance of your trip. Our practice nurse has up-to-date information on all areas of the world. Remember travel vaccination and anti-malarial tablets are not covered by the NHS. They are still well worth the investment.