Thursday 8 January 2015
Last September, we provided information to all new and returning students about arrangements for dealing with infectious diseases at Queen Mary. In doing so we took the opportunity to explain the importance of registering with a GP and the help available from the on-campus student health services. We also included a reminder about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in parts of West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, and the importance of being aware of the symptoms, especially for those students arriving in the UK from those countries.
Although a healthcare worker returning to Scotland from Sierra Leone was recently diagnosed with the virus, the UK Government and Public Health England still consider the risk of Ebola in the UK to be very low, as is the risk of someone arriving in the UK with Ebola actually spreading the virus. However, please make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the symptoms, especially if you have recently visited the countries affected, not forgetting that the incubation period can be up to 21 days. We would also ask you to make sure that you are familiar with the arrangements for dealing with all medical emergencies on campus, calling the emergency team on 3333. If you do not live on campus, you should phone 999 for an ambulance in cases of medical emergency, for which there is no charge, or 111 for help and advice with illnesses generally.
You can get more information on our student health services by visiting www.studenthealth.qmul.ac.uk. Our Student Enquiry Centre will also be able to answer all of your questions about life at QMUL. You can find them in the Queens’ Building or you can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also useful information on Ebola, including the symptoms to look out for, on the NHS Choices website.