If you are moving away to Uni and are living on Campus or in Ormskirk, then one of the first things you should do is find yourself a doctor and a dentist. Do it early, don’t wait until you are ill because then you might struggle to find one, or you might be too ill to actually do it.
I cannot stress this enough. In First Year I got Shingles, which was incredibly painful, and took me out of action for about two weeks. There wasn’t a whole lot I could do about it as it definitely wasn’t an ambulance situation, so I just had to make do. If I had organised a GP in Ormskirk I would have been able to go and get help, get some medication, and not just suffer in silence.
This past two weeks I have been quite ill again. Living in Preston for my final year, I hadn’t found myself a GP yet, so I had to suffer in silence again.
So, I really can not stress this enough. Do it as soon as you can, do it with your flatmates, go together and sign up so just in case anything does happen you are prepared. You can find out about the health and wellbeing facilities at Edge Hill on the website.
Dentist’s are helpful too – Uni is prime age for wisdom teeth, and there is not enough paracetamol in the world to make them bearable. Also, you should get check-ups a couple of times a year anyway so doing it at Uni makes sense seeing as you are going to be there for three years.
If you are looking at Uni for next year, maybe take into account how accessible things like this are depending on your accommodation choices. I know I would rather be closer to a hospital than to the bar, because ‘sick me’ is way grumpier than ‘drunk me’.
Look after yourself at Uni, because a two-week illness at the wrong time can really make you fall behind.