Student Health


If you are at the University of Buckingham for your studies you should register with The Swan Practice and your GP will be Dr Afsar Rizvi. 


AppointmentsSexual healthMental Health
Sick NotesLive Well Stay WellSleeping Disorder
Ask NHS – health appAlcohol & DrugsMeningitis and more
PrescriptionsDental ServicesHomepage



We have dedicated GP clinics for University students. These clinics are held every week day during term time between 10am and 12.00pm at the main Students First building , which is adjacent to the Vinson Centre on Hunter Street. Appointments can be made by calling 01280 818600 or 01280 822777. Lines are open between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of term time appointments can be made at any of the 3 branches of The Swan Practice.

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Sexual Health

The Swan Practice has links with Bucks Sexual Health and Wellbeing (bSHaW) who hold clinics on a Monday and Tuesday at our North End Surgery. Appointments are made directly with them by calling 0300 303 2880. For further information on their services please click on the link. 

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Mental Health

The University’s Students First service provides personalised support for students with wellbeing needs .

Locally the Healthy Minds service may be able to offer you the help you need to improve your wellbeing (whether you are feeling anxious, depressed or stressed). They are a fast acting NHS service offering talking therapies, practical support and employment advice to people with a GP in Buckinghamshire.

They can either work with individuals on the telephone, or meet them at various community locations and GP practices around Buckinghamshire.

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Sick Notes

These are sometimes mitigating circumstances notes, or letters.
If you do need a doctor’s note for university please telephone the practice, or send us a message via our online services.

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Live Well Stay Well

It is important you stay fit and healthy whilst you are studying. Live Well Stay Well is a free service which offers a wealth of information on healthy living. From diet and fitness to stopping smoking and responsible drinking. 

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Sleepio App

Sleepio AppSleepio is an online sleep improvement programme, clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day.

The programme is based on Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT). You will learn cognitive techniques to help tackle the racing mind and behavioural strategies to help reset sleeping patterns naturally, without relying on sleeping pills. 

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AskNHS App

Ask NHSNurse Olivia is a virtual nurse who is here to discuss your health concerns, as any clinician would in a person-to-person interaction. Giving you trusted healthcare advice, on demand 24/7, 365 days a year. With the free Ask NHS mobile app you can:

  • Check your symptoms anytime, anywhere
  • Access NHS 111
  • Get trusted self-care advice by the NHS health
  • Find NHS services local to you

To download the free mobile app search for ‘Ask NHS’ in your mobile's Apple or Google Play app store. Alternatively, you can visit for more information

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Teenagers and "fresher" students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.

“Meningitis now” have developed a smart phone app. Why not download it now so you always have the signs and symptoms handy to refer to?

Ideally you should have this from your GP before starting University, but there will also be catch up sessions for those who have missed it, or you can simply book with the nurse to request this in a regular appointment.

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Mumps outbreaks are common, especially in teenagers and young people.

Immunisation gives very good protection, and so mumps is now rare in the UK. However, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of cases of mumps, usually seen in people who have not been immunised with MMR.

Anyone who has not received the MMR vaccination as a child, or has only received 1 dose, should go to their GP or college doctor and get the vaccination straight away

For further information visit: NHS Choices website

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Glandular fever

Glandular fever mostly affects teenagers and young adults. It gets better without treatment, but it can make you feel very ill and last for weeks.

More information here, from NHS Choices

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If you are given a prescription by your GP you will need to take it to a chemist/pharmacy for the medication to be issued to you. There is a charge per item for prescription medications and this will need to be paid to the chemist at the time of issue.

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Dental Services

The Swan Practice does not offer dental services. There are a number of dental surgeons in Buckingham which offer NHS and private treatment. To receive dental care you would need to register at one of these practices.
Information on local dentists, complete with reviews, can be found here.

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