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.
The university nursing service is a unique unit in Kent and one of only a few remaining university nursing units in the UK. It is funded by the university, regulated by national and local policies and under the governance of the university medical centre.