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Students urged to stay healthy by knowing their options

University students starting their new term in Birmingham are being welcomed to the area and urged to find out in advance how to stay healthy.

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging students to register with a GP, as well as know their options for seeking healthcare advice or treatment.

Dr Sonia Ashraf, a local GP, said: “University is an exciting time in a young person’s life, so making sure that you stay in good health is important.

“Registering with a GP is essential, but being aware of alternative ways of seeking treatment will also benefit your health. Pharmacists can offer advice on a range of common illnesses and injuries, and NHS 111 is a free service that operates 24/7.”

She added: “Self-care and preventative measures will also help in managing your health. There isn’t a whole lot that your GP can do about a bad hangover, so staying hydrated, taking over-the-counter painkillers and avoiding binge-drinking are the best treatments there.

“Practicing safe sex is always crucial, and being aware of the ways in which mental health can be managed will help you to enjoy your time at university to the fullest.”

For information on how to find your nearest GP or closest pharmacy, visit the NHS website at

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