Welfare: health
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The University of Cambridge issues guidance, information and advice on various medical and health-related matters.

Health Guidelines

Local doctors

The University of Cambridge does not have its own medical practice, and all students should register with a local GP (general practitioner) when they arrive.

Why register with a local doctor (GP or General practitioner)?

Lists of local GPs are available from the Students' Unions' Advice Service and on the NHS Choices website. The nearest practice to Fitzwilliam College is at 1 Huntingdon Road. Students may choose to register with any practice, but are advised to find one that is near to where they live.


There are a number of dentist services in Cambridge. If you need to see a dentist, you can use the NHS Choices website to locate the most appropriate one for you. 

College Nurse

The College Nurse is Dee Williams. 

Dee is a Registered Nurse with many years' experience in a wide variety of nursing and nurse education. She sees students with a range of medical and mental health needs from minor illness and injury to support with chronic illness and disabilities, and can also help signpost students to other services as necessary. 

She is based in our neighbouring college Murray Edwards and offers a confidential service on any medical and health-related concerns you may have.

Contact details


Telephone: +44 1223 762 239

Clinic hours - drop in, no appointments necessary

Mondays: 11:15-13:00

Tuesdays: 11:15-13:15

Wednesdays: 12:15-14:45

Thursdays: 11:15-13:15

Fridays: 11:30-13:00

The last appointment is 15 minutes before the clinic closes. Please do not attend after this time without prior arrangement.

College Counsellor

The College Counsellor is Mary Cavander-Attwood.

Mary has years of experience working therapeutically with young people. She has a BSc in Health and Social Care, was a Registered General Nurse and took her Advanced Diploma in Counselling at the University of Cambridge in 2006. She is a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists MBACP (Accred.) 

Mary’s theoretical approach is psychodynamic (although she has also studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), but uses approaches from other discipline where appropriate. Depending on what is most appropriate, she can either see a student regularly or for a one-off session.

Mary can be contacted by emailing (please leave a message and she will call you back) or calling 07824534110.