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The college drop in: the work of a university nursing service

Jenny Bostock outlines some of the physical and mental health issues her unit deals with every day

The city of Canterbury has a large student population with three universities (University of Kent, University of Fine Arts and Christ Church University). The local Accident and Emergency Department has been downgraded to a minor injury unit and is often overwhelmed by students misusing the service.

The University of Kent Canterbury is an international university with over 50% of postgraduate students coming from outside the UK studying and staying on and around campus. There is a purpose built university medical centre which provides a range of primary care services to meet the needs of the practice and student population.

Adjacent to the university medical centre is a pharmacy; both are open Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). The university nursing services is part of a triumvirate service that works closely with the medical centre and student support services to provide physical health, emotional and social support.

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