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Welcome to the Student Health Centre

**TELEPHONE 061 202 534**


The Student Health Centre is located in block C, level M (room CM061) in the main building and provides a service for University of Limerick registered students only.

The Student Health Centre Reception opening hours are Monday to Friday 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:45 and 14:00-16:30.

During the summer months undergraduate students should revert back to the services of their own GP. For postgraduate students and students doing the Graduate Entry Medical programme, a limited service is a available at the Student Health Centre.  Details of the clinic times can be obtained by ringing 061 202 534.

Appointments can be made by either telephoning or by calling in to the Student Health Centre Reception. 

The Student Health Centre is an acute care/advisory service, it is not a GP service. All students are therefore advised to register with a local GP.

Please note medical card users may only use their cards for prescription purposes, for the contraceptive clinic and for the STI clinic.  All other services will incur a fee. Please state when booking an appointment that you have a medical card.

INFLUENZA (FLU) SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Symptoms

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

  • a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite

Cold and flu symptoms are similar, but flu tends to be more severe.

Flu Cold
Appears quickly within a few hours Appears gradually
Affects more than just your nose and throat Affects mainly your nose and throat
Makes you feel exhausted and too unwell to carry on as normal Makes you feel unwell, but you're OK to carry on as normal (for example, go to work

How to treat flu yourself

To help you get better more quickly:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear)

A pharmacist can help with flu

A pharmacist can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.

Be careful not to use them if you're taking paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets as it's easy to take more than the recommended dose.

See your GP if:

  • your symptoms don't improve after 7 days
  • you're worried about your child's symptoms
  • you're 65 or over
  • you're pregnant
  • you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV

GPs don't recommend antibiotics for flu because they won't relieve your symptoms or speed up your recovery.

How to avoid spreading the flu

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You're more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days.

Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • STAY AT HOME !!!!!!!!!!
  • Acute GP Services
  • Sexual Health
  • Contraception/Family Planning
  • Psychiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Skin Ailments
  • When the Student Health Centre is unattended please ring 999 for medical emergencies.
  • UL Campus Emergency (24 hours): 061 21 3333
  • Dr Ronan Ryder, Old Windmill Medical Centre (out of hours): 061 313 919
  • Limerick Doc (out of hours): 087 755 1570
  • Shannon Doc (out of hours): 1850 212 999