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Physical health

Our physical health is important as it can help or hinder our ability to learn, socialise and participate in all the important parts of University life. It also links to our mental wellbeing.

Maintaining physical health includes:

  • exercise
  • getting enough sleep
  • eating a healthy balanced diet
  • drinking plenty of water
  • safe use of alcohol
  • using contraception
  • avoiding drugs (including too much caffeine)
  • maintaining vitamin D level by getting fresh air or taking a supplement.

It also includes managing new symptoms and ongoing physical conditions e.g. asthma, eczema and diabetes, with the help of the local chemist, GP and practice nurses. There are also national and local support forums/services for specific problems including diabetes, asthma, skin conditions etc.

Note: we do hope that the resources below are useful, but we do not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.

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Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description
NHS getting medical care as a student 5 main tips on accessing services as a student and wellbeing advice on keeping healthy.
NHS Health A-Z An A-Z directory of health conditions-Information and advice on the symptoms, causes and treatment for a range of common and rare medical conditions.
Using the NHS It explains different parts of the NHS and how to access these and what they offer. This can be especially useful if you are an international student and have no experience of how the NHS works.
Living with a long-term condition Explains what long-terms conditions are and how you can access help in Sheffield for them.


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Android or iOS Apps.

Resource Description
Flaredown (for chronic illness) Helps you track and monitor long-term conditions, triggers, symptoms and treatments. it allow you to have something to use to explain your symptoms to your medical professional. You can talk to other people with a similar condition.
NHS app Useful if you have ongoing medical issues and GP support and get confused and forget GP appointments and prescriptions. Use the NHS App to, check your symptoms, find out what to do if you need help urgently, book and manage appointments at your GP surgery, order repeat prescriptions and view your GP medical record securely.


Places to get help

Resource Description
Student health at SHU All students are encouraged to register with this GP practice whilst they are a student living in Sheffield during term-time. Their website explains how to register, what services they offer and a range of other useful information on managing your health.
NHS 111 online or by phone Advice on what to do and where to go locally if you have a medical emergency, including if you have run out of a prescription. Offers an out-of-hours 24/7 phone-back service to discuss symptoms if required if you can't access a GP and require urgent help.
IAPT Physical Health and Wellbeing service This service helps you manage a long-term health condition and improve your wellbeing and give support via group sessions and 1:1 support (sometimes based at SHU).


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