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CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR - The Practice is closed 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan.  For medical emergencies patients should contact NHS 24 on 111.  Please order prescriptions by Friday 21st Dec. Thank you.

Influenza vaccinations will be available from October. Patients who are aged 65 and over or are 'at risk'. eg. suffer from a heart condition, diabetes, asthma, etc.

Registration for new HWU students is held within the Health Centre. Students coming to register should bring their student ID/letter of acceptance, a pen and the registration forms that they can get from their Warden upon collecting their room keys (forms will be provided if not given by the Warden). You must have a current Campus or Edinburgh address to register with us.

Common Winter Illnesses

Measles Alert

Meningitis ACWY

First time University entrants under the age of 25 are advised to be vaccinated against Meningitis ACWY, prior to coming to Heriot Watt University. If you have not had this before coming to University, then you can attend the University Health Centre to arrange GP registration, and book an appointment to have this vaccination.

Updated advice received from the Scottish Government recommends that students under the age of 25 who have never received a dose of Meningitis ACWY vaccine, should now receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine to provide the best possible protection for this age group.

Registered students under the age of 25 that fall into the criteria above, who wish to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine should contact the University Health Centre to request an appointment with the Practice Nurse to have this vaccine. For more information, visit  or


In the past there have been several cases of mumps at the University. Protection from this viral illness is provided by the MMR vaccine. If you have not been immunised, or think you have only had one dose of MMR, then please contact our practice nurse here to ask about MMR immunisation.

Letter to all students re mumps outbreak
Mumps factsheet
MMR leaflet

mumps - Introduction
mumps - Preventing mumps
mumps - Diagnosing mumps
mumps - Symptoms of mumps

Winter Vomiting Bug

Click here for information on the Norovirus

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