Medical Advice

If you run into medical difficulties while at Pembroke, there is plenty of support in place to help you. See below for information and contact details.



  • Sarah Dragonetti is our college nurse, she is available to help you manage health problems and illness, and can refer you elsewhere when necessary. She can advise on injuries, dressings/remove stitches and care for wounds. She offers advice on contraception and the emergency pill, and is very happy to give support and advice for emotional and psychological problems, all consultations are absolutely confidential.

  • The nurse is available weekdays excluding Friday during term in the Neil Arnold Room which is wheelchair accessible, next to the Pichette auditorium. However room visits can be arranged if required, please contact Sarah to discuss this.

The nurse is available 0th-8th week as follows:

Monday 1.15-3.15pm

Tuesday 8.45-10.45am

Wednesday 8.45-10.45am

Thursday 3.45-5.45pm


Ensuring joined up care between your College Nurse and your GP

This leaflet addresses any queries the students may have about the sharing of their personal information and the relationship between your College Nurse and the College Doctor.



  • Whilst you are at Pembroke, the College requires all students to register under the NHS (or make a private arrangement) with the College Doctors’ at 19 Beaumont Street. To ensure you receive continuity of care, it is advisable that you remain registered for the duration of your course. You can register using an online form here.

  • You will still be able to receive treatment elsewhere on the NHS, for example during vacations, by registering as a ‘temporary resident’. The surgery is located at 19 Beaumont Street, OX1 2NA. Appointments can be made in person, through the college nurse, or by calling 01865 240501.



  • We have a page dedicated to mental health advice and contacts for students at Pembroke. There are a wide range of people in Pembroke and within the University who can help you with mental health issues, however if you feel you are experiencing a mental health crisis you should call 111 or, in an emergency, 999.



  • If you need non-emergency medical attention during the evenings or at a weekend, ring the non-emergency helpline 111. You may be given an appointment at the East Oxford Health Centre at Manzil Way (on the Cowley Road).



  • Our Porters are first aid trained, or will call someone who is, and will always assist you if you require guidance or help: 01865 276444



  • If you need urgent medical assistance, the UK emergency number is 999, you must ensure you give a detailed location of where you are within the College, which quad, staircase and the lodge should always be informed (01865 276444).

  • The nearest Accident & Emergency Unit (A&E) is at the John Radcliffe Hospital.



  • Medicines issued on prescription from a chemist or pharmacy are charged at a flat rate of £8.20 per item. One exception is the contraceptive pill which is free of charge, as is emergency contraception (morning after pill), both are prescription medications but the latter can be obtained by speaking with a pharmacist in a chemist. The nearest chemist is Boots on Cornmarket Street (OX1 3HL).



  • Advice is freely available from the College Doctors and the College Nurse. Full details on Family Planning and STI clinics can be found on the OUSU website and on the Sexual Health Oxfordshire website.



  • These are available by appointment at Summertown Health Centre. Some travel vaccinations are chargeable and it makes sense to book as early as possible before you travel, in case vaccines have to be ordered in. If you are in doubt which vaccines you need, a useful website is:



  • If you wish to see a specialist or consultant, you must first make an appointment with your GP even if you have private medical insurance.

  • Physiotherapy and Chiropody are often best sought privately as NHS referrals may take some time, however NHS services are available and you are welcome to discuss these with your GP.

  • Alternative Therapies (Homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine, acupuncture etc.) are not available on the NHS and should be sought privately.



  • Opticians’ services are not usually covered by the NHS. There are many opticians in Oxford. An initial sight test costs about £25.00 and you must make an appointment prior to being seen.

  • Note: the Eye Hospital is a specialist unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) in Oxford and deals with medical/surgical problems and procedures only. As with all hospital appointments, you need to be referred there by the GP. 



  • If you are 18 or over you will usually have to pay standard NHS charges. ‘Studental’, based at Oxford Brookes University, provides a comprehensive NHS service to all students., 01865 484 608.