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Students encouraged to stay safe during Freshers

Written by on 11th September 2018

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have issued a health warning to new students, advising them to stay safe over the coming weeks.

Highlighting sexual and emotional health, the local NHS are encouraging this year’s freshers to look after themselves and make use of Glasgow’s health services.

Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, said: “Student life brings lots of changes, and choices, and we want young people to make informed decisions about all areas of their health and well-being.”

Located near Glasgow’s Charing Cross, Sandyford Central is the city’s main centre providing a wide range of sexual and emotional health services. Sandyford also have smaller, local services in different locations around the city.

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Free condoms, which protect against both STIs and pregnancy, are available in different venues throughout Glasgow and can be located using the NHSGGC Free Condoms Service.

At GCU, information about sexual health is available at the university’s Advice Centre, and free condoms are available from student advisors located in the Student’s Association building.

NHSGGC also want to remind new students to register with a local GP as soon as possible. The university Advice Centre can help students to locate a nearby practice and register, or people can search by postcode on the NHS Scotland page.

Linda emphasised that students should look out for one another, especially when out over the freshers’ fortnight, saying: “It’s really important that friends look out for one another and stick together, making sure everyone gets home safely.”

She added: “All in all, the message from NHSGGC is to enjoy student life and all that it brings, while looking after your health.”

 

Nicola Gray


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