Emergency Notices

Symptoms of swine flu:

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of ordinary flu and may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches

Download the Swine flu leaflet (pdf) for more information

If you develop flu-like symptoms:

  • Do not come into the University, stay at home and avoid contact with others
  • Call your GP or seek advice from NHS Direct on 0845 4647
  • Do not go to your GP’s surgery unless advised to do so by NHS Direct (0845 4647) or the Swine Flu Information line (0800 1 513 513)
  • You should call your GP directly if you have a serious underlying illness, you are pregnant, you have a sick child under one year old, your condition suddenly gets much worse or your condition is still getting worse after seven days (or five days for a child)
  • Students should contact the Director of Student Services on 01267 676677, or by e-mail on d.rogers@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk. Students are also advised to contact their personal tutor or Head of School. Students may also wish to contact the Students’ Union on 01267 237794, or by e-mail on supresident@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk
  • Contact a flu buddy if you require help with obtaining medicines or supplies. The flu buddy system (pdf)
  • Staff should contact their line manager and the Human Resources department on 01267 676725 , or by e-mail on humanresources@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk

Notes

  • If you are a student based in a hall of residence and develop flu-like symptoms, please isolate yourself in your room and call your GP or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647. You should contact the Director of Student Services on 01267 676677, or by e-mail on d.rogers@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk. Please also contact your hostel warden
  • If you are a student living off-campus, please isolate yourself in your room and call your GP or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647. You should also contact the Director of Student Services on 01267 676677, or by e-mail on d.rogers@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk
  • All students can also contact the Students’ Union on 01267 237794 or supresident@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk
  • If you need advice or information on flu buddies, please contact Student Services on 01267 676830 or the Students’ Union on 01267 237794

Contact details for GP surgeries in Carmarthen are as follows:

  • St. Peter’s Surgery: 01267 236241
  • Furnace House Surgery: 01267 236616
  • Morfa Lane Surgery: 01267 234774

Up to date information on swine flu is available from a variety of sources:

NHS Direct Wales also has a Swine Flu Q&A which offers further guidance

If you are planning to travel abroad, please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk/travel or call 0845 850 2829 for the latest information

Unfortunately many people still believe that meningitis and septicaemia only affect babies and children. This is not the case. Meningitis can affect anyone, of any age, at any time; striking in minutes and killing within hours. Knowing the symptoms of the disease, trusting your instincts and getting medical help immediately can save lives.

Common signs and symptoms of meningitis & septicaemia.

Symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all.

  • Fever, cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsy, difficult to wake
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Pale blotchy skin. Spots / rash
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Dislikes bright lights
  • Convulsions / seizures

If you suspect meningitis or septicaemia, get medical help immediately.

You can:

  • Call NHS Direct/NHS 24 or your GP.
  • Go to your nearest accident and emergency department.
  • Dial 999 for an ambulance.
  • Describe the symptoms carefully and say that you think it could be meningitis or septicaemia.
  • Early diagnosis can be difficult. If you have had advice and are still worried, get medical help again.
  • Trust your instincts.

Useful information

The Meningitis Trust offers emotional, practical and financial support to anybody affected by meningitis. The gateway to our services is our free-phone 24-hour nurse-led helpline (0800 028 18 28). For further information and downloadable resources, including fundraising ideas, please visit our website www.meningitis-trust.org

Life at University will be an exciting and new experience, yet as a result of living and working with groups of other students, you will probably suffer from common colds etc. It is not uncommon for students to suffer from mumps and with this in mind we would like to share the following with you:

Outbreaks of mumps occur because a number of young adults are not protected against the virus. This is because they were too old to have been routinely scheduled for MMR in childhood and have not been exposed to mumps infection because of the fall in mumps cases in young children (as most have been protected by the MMR). Students are likely to be at greater risk than their peers because university attendance is likely to facilitate transmission

The Department of Health have alerted GPs to the risk posed by mumps to young adults and recommends that every effort should be made to ensure that they are fully immunised even if they are older than the recommended age range.

Vaccination

It is good practice for all students to be fully immunised in accordance with the recommendations of the Department of Health. We consequently suggest that all first year students to check their vaccination status before arrival at University. This would normally be done through your GP. Students should all be up to date with vaccination against tetanus, polio, diphtheria, meningitis C, measles, mumps and rubella.

The University would also encourage you to seek immunisation against MENINGITIS. Some students will have been vaccinated against the virus, other may not. We would strongly recommend that you discuss this vaccination with your GP before you leave home to come to University.

Finally, we cannot emphasise strongly enough the need for all residential students to register with a GP in Carmarthen or Lampeter for the duration of their time at University. GP registration facilities will be available on campus during Registration Day.

Contact details for GP surgeries in Carmarthen are as follows:

  • St. Peter’s Surgery: 01267 236241
  • Furnace House Surgery: 01267 236616
  • Morfa Lane Surgery: 01267 234774

Contact details for the GP surgery in Lampeter is as follows:

  • Lampeter Medical Practice Taliesin Surgery Bridge Street Lampeter Tel: 01570 422665

Contact details for the GP surgeries in Swansea are as follows:

  • Brunswick Health Centre, St Helens Road, Swansea Tel: 01792 643001