College Nurse


Every weekday during full term, plus the week before it starts and the week after it ends. 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 1.30pm. 

The College Nurse is Mrs Julie Kettle and the College Surgery is located on the ground floor of Q Staircase.

Her contact details are or +44 (0)1223 334 988 (internal extension 34988).

Students starting at Christ's must complete a comprehensive health questionnaire  and return it to the Tutorial Office in a sealed envelope for forwarding to the College Surgery. This health questionnaire also alerts the College to particular concerns over food allergies which the College Nurse can then pass on to the Catering Office.  

The College Nurse can see students with sudden or chronic (long standing) illnesses and general health concerns, can dress wounds and remove stitches, deal with minor accidents and sports injuries that do not require hospital care, and provide support for students with psychological or mental health problems. She can also access the appropriate services for students in urgent need of specialist attention. However she cannot write prescriptions or give injections: students need to visit their GP for prescriptions and the GP practice nurses for travel vaccinations.

There is a College Welfare Room which is a small en-suite bedroom located on Q staircase beside the Surgery. This Welfare Room is mainly used for in-College counselling sessions but it may be used when a student has an infectious illness and is unable to go home or lives outside college and wants to use the Welfare Room pro tem while they are getting better. The Nurse attends to students who are in the Welfare Room but as her hours are limited it cannot be offered as a staffed 24-hour facility and is therefore unsuitable for post-operative care after serious operations (though it might be useful, for example, after a knee operation if mobility is a problem and your normal room is not on the ground floor).

If you are under 24 years of age and have not been vaccinated against Meningitis and Mumps, the College Nurse advises you to get vaccinated before you arrive in Cambridge. Mrs Kettle also recommends that you get vaccinated against tuberculosis (TB) but we know that this isn't always possible. If a student thinks they might be at risk because they have been in contact with someone infected with TB, they should visit Mrs Kettle as soon as possible.



Maintained by Jo Taylor | Last updated Wed, 16 Aug 2017 - 7:51pm