Essential Medical Information
Registration with a Doctor
We take the health and wellbeing of all our students very seriously. For this reason we are writing to encourage you to register with a local doctor whilst you are resident at the University.
Tuberculosis Screening for Students coming from overseas
If you are a student coming from certain countries outside the EEA (European Economic Area), in addition to registering with a doctor when you arrive, you should also ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the Home Office Visa & Immigration Service tuberculosis screening programme. To guarantee that you will be able to enter the United Kingdom you must obtain the appropriate medical evidence described on the Home Office Visa & Immigration Service website. Failure to provide this information may result in you being refused entry to the United Kingdom.
Details of the need for a tuberculosis certificate and the list of applicable countries are available at: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa
Before coming to University we would strongly advise you to establish your own medical history, including your immunisation history, and ensure your immunisations are up to date before arrival in Durham. It is particularly important that all students have had a meningitis vaccination. In the UK a catch-up programme of vaccinations has been introduced for all first year university students under the age of 25 years. Please arrange an appointment with your current doctor to receive this vaccination before coming to Durham University.
In addition, there has been a decline in recent years in immunity to measles and mumps amongst certain age groups and as a result there have been several outbreaks in universities and colleges. The reason for this decline is that many students will have had only one dose of the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination compared with the current UK practice of two doses. We would advise you consult with your current doctor and, if necessary, have an MMR booster before you come to University.
For your convenience you can download a letter of explanation to give to your doctor from the link at the bottom of this page.
If you are unable to receive vaccinations before you arrive at University, you should make an early appointment with your chosen practice on arrival. It is also important to remember that the meningitis vaccine works against the identified strains and therefore all universities remind their students to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia. For further information on meningitis please visit the following websites:
We do hope that your stay in Durham will be a happy and healthy one. If you have any queries relating to the information contained in this letter please contact your college in the first instance.
Professor Adrian Darnell, Deputy Head of Colleges
Mr Sam Dale, Deputy Academic Registrar