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Registering with a Doctor
All students should be registered with a local Doctor. The Bodnant Medical Centre provides a wide range of medical facilities, including services for students, and is on Victoria Drive close to the Ffriddoedd Halls of Residence. Please visit for further information. When you register, you will need to complete the family doctor services registration form (GMS1) and take the form to the surgery as soon as possible after you arrive.
If you wish to register with a different practice contact details of other local practices can be found here
Are you taking prescribed medication or suffer from chronic diseases such as asthma or diabetes?
If you take prescribed medication or have specific health care needs, then it is important that you bring a one month supply of medication with you to University. It is also advisable to book an initial appointment with the nurse or doctor at your Bangor doctor’s practice to discuss how to optimally manage your health needs from the outset.
All new students should be fully immunised against:
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (including booster)
- MenACWY (even if you have recently received MenC)
- And if you suffer with a chronic disease: Flu / Influenza / Pneumococcal
Mumps and measles
These can be serious infections and the University continues to see cases and clusters of both these diseases. Many people now in their teens and twenties have either not been immunised or have had only one dose of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination). People born in the UK after 1980 are likely to be susceptible to measles and mumps if they have not had 2 doses of MMR. National policy highly recommends that children and young adults should be protected with two doses of MMR.
Bangor University strongly recommends that you have TWO doses of MMR BEFORE coming to the University. For more information and guidance on measles go to: www.bangor.ac.uk/ studentservices/wellbeing/measles
The MenACWY vaccination helps protect against meningococcal disease.
What is meningococcal disease? Meningococcal disease is a rare but life-threatening disease caused by several groups of meningococcal bacteria, the most common of which are A, B, C, W and Y. Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious, especially if not diagnosed early – they can even be fatal. The same bacteria that cause these serious diseases are also commonly carried in the back of the nose and throat, especially in young adults, without causing any illness.
How common is it? Meningococcal disease affects around 700-800 people in England and Wales every year. Since the introduction of MenC vaccination in the UK routine vaccination programme in 1999 Meningococcal group C disease is now rare.
Meningococcal group B (MenB) is now the most common cause of meningococcal disease in children and young adults. From September 2015 MenB vaccine has been introduced to the routine infant vaccination programme to help protect young babies. Since 2009, there has been a large increase in cases of Meningococcal group W (MenW) disease in England and Wales, resulting in several deaths among infants and teenagers.
Why do I need to get the vaccine? As a young adult, particularly in a new environment, you are at higher risk of getting meningococcal disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination also reduces the risk of you carrying the bacteria and so protects other people around you. You need this vaccine even if you have recently received MenC vaccine as MenACWY vaccine will offer protection against meningococcal C disease as well as offering additional protection against W, A and Y disease.
It will still be important to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia because there are other bacteria that can also cause these illnesses.
Influenza is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is highly infectious. If you suffer from chronic lung, heart, liver or kidney disease, have diabetes or are otherwise immunosuppressed, then it is recommended that you receive an annual influenza vaccination and a single pneumococcal immunisation to protect yourself.