Epilepsy: Students

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to local services and universities currently under local restrictions to ensure that students living with epilepsy are able to access medical appointments and prescriptions for their condition.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government has worked closely with universities on their safe reopening. We have issued guidance on GOV.UK to support this which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses#student-movement.

During the pandemic there have been no restrictions on individuals on being able to attend medical appointments and accessing prescriptions for their medical conditions. Where a student is self-isolating and needs to access essential supplies like prescriptions, NHS Volunteer Responders may be able to help if they meet the criteria. Details are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-accessing-food-and-essential-supplies.

Local authorities also have put in place support services which is another service students may be able to access alongside those provided by universities.

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