College Nurse and Surgery

The College Surgery is located in 31c, close to the Porters’ Lodge. Please email for an appointment or drop in if urgent (such as for immediate first aid).

It is open daily during the week in term-time for all students, staff, visiting fellows and conference delegates. Out of term, the surgery will be open on reduced hours.

The College Nurse is Jo Livingstone (RGN).

View current opening hours


Covid-19 Guidance


Medical advice for students, staff and Fellows of Churchill College regarding Covid-19 is shown below. This will be updated as and when necessary in line with government advice.  Students and staff: If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, then self isolate. Please also inform the Porters’ Lodge immediately for advice: 01223 336000.




  • Loss of taste or smell
  • High temperature above 37.8 degrees centigrade
  • Continuous cough i.e. coughing for more than an hour or three episodes in a day
  • Positive Lateral Flow test

If you are ill out of hours please access NHS 111 online or call NHS 111.

Cambridge University Coronavirus Guidance          



Student guide to using NHS services in Cambridge

Click here to view or download the Student Guide  to NHS services in Cambridge. The guide contains useful information and guidance for all students on local health services including:

  • Self care / looking after yourself
  • Pharmacies
  • NHS 111
  • Mental health services
  • College nurses
  • GPs
  • Meningitis ACWY vaccine
  • Patient Experience Team
  • Other local NHS services and A&E

Further health advice can also be found online:

NHS Guide To Getting Medical Care As A Student


Health advice will be offered after assessment. The minor ailments and injuries which are commonly treated are headaches, eye infections, splinters, grazes, cuts, blisters, minor burns, acid reflux, sprains, strains, colds, flu, diarrhoea, sore throats, cystitis, boils and some rashes.

A small stock of ‘over the counter’ remedies are available, such as: painkillers, antacids, sore throat lozenges, various skin creams, antihistamines etc. Ice packs, crutches, glucogel, bandages, eye wash, plasters and dressings are also available. Please ensure you carry two adrenaline pens at all times if you have been prescribed them for severe allergies.

The nurse is also able to carry out blood pressure and temperature checks, urine analysis, weight checks, and BMI calculations. Removal of sutures and dressing changes can also be arranged. Advice will also be given on computer workstation set- up if requested.

Patients presenting with more serious problems may be directed to Accident & Emergency, a General Practitioner or the Counselling Service. Help may also be offered to arrange appointments and transport. The Nurse may also visit patients discharged from the hospital who may need short-term support.

There are various leaflets/booklets available at the surgery: insomnia, anxiety, relaxation, eating healthily etc. The nurse may refer you to other agencies: counsellor, GP, dentist, Accident & Emergency, sexual health clinic or a mental health assessor.

Please do call in if you are feeling low and/or need to talk.

Please note:


  • Controlled drugs, antibiotics and prescription drugs are not available from the Nurse Surgery
  • A defibrillator, and glucose are available in the Porters’ Lodge
  • If life is at risk, such as suspected heart attack, stroke, anaphylaxis, severe bleeding, difficulty breathing: please call 999 or 112

Nurse Rota and Opening Hours

Please email for appointments. Emails are attended in working hours only. Email, video, telephone or face to face, Monday drop-in, please email for an appointment on other days.

Nurse Rota May-June 2023

Mobile for working hours only: 07780 267704: please use email, in first instance, if possible.

Please wear a mask. Please do not arrive with COVID symptoms.


Information shared with the nurse is confidential. If it is in the interest of the student for information to be shared with other Health Professionals or staff involved with welfare, consent will normally be gained first. Confidentiality will be broken if there appears to be a serious imminent risk, or if there are serious illegal activities, where there is a risk to your own or others safety. NB: The Nurse is not permitted to: sign legal documents (e.g. wills/financial documents), medical fitness forms relating to placements/jobs or write references. As COVID-19 is a reportable, highly contagious virus, staff involved with welfare and safety will be informed.

If life is at risk, such as:  heart attack, stroke, anaphylaxis, severe bleeding, or difficulty breathing: please call 999 or 112 to speak to NHS emergency services. A defibrillator is kept at the Churchill Porters’ Lodge and the Moller Institute reception. Please report any accidents/major events, on site, to the Porters’ Lodge: (01223) 336000.

A view along a path in the College grounds. A large tree casts shade over the path

Disabilities, impairments and recurrent mental health conditions

Please contact the Disability Resource Centre  (DRC) on T: 01223 332301

Disability Resource Centre Website

Confidentiality Statement

Information shared with the nurse is confidential. If it is in the interest of the student for information to be shared with other Health Professionals or University Staff then informed consent will normally be gained first.

Confidentiality will need to be broken if there appears to be a serious imminent risk, or if there are serious illegal activities, where there is a risk to your own or others safety.

General Data Protection

The ‘Medical Health Form for the College Nurse’ and medical records, generated by the College Nurse, are kept securely locked in a metal filing cabinet, within a locked room, in Churchill College. The records are kept for a period of time and then destroyed in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). Emails are password protected and are also destroyed as per regulations.

Taxi Policy

  • Churchill students who, through injury or illness, are unable to travel to academic commitments or medical appointments by foot, cycle or public transport may obtain, with the approval of the College Nurse or in her absence the Duty Porter, taxi chits from the Porters’ Lodge to cover taxi costs for up to a week after they were injured or fell ill.
  • Taxis will in this way be provided at the College’s expense only to enable students to attend or complete academic commitments or medical appointments. Taxis to social engagements, club or society meetings, etc., must be taken at a student’s own expense.
  • If students still require taxi transport after a week and cannot afford to pay for it themselves, they may, with the approval of the College Nurse regarding medical need, and their Tutor’s support regarding financial need, apply for the College’s provision of taxis to continue on the grounds of financial hardship. This application should be made via their Tutor to the Endowment Grants Committee. If the Committee is not due to meet in time, applications can be considered via circulation by the Senior Tutor, Senior Postgraduate Tutor and Bursar.

Please note: this is general information and liable to change, so please check rules at the point of care. Other useful numbers & resources: