Health and wellbeing

All Newnham students (including those from the EU and Overseas) can register with the NHS surgery at Newnham Walk, a minute’s walk away from the college.

Our College Nurse and College Counsellor are based in the College Health and Wellbeing Centre, where they hold regular individual and group sessions.

College Nurse

Students who attend an induction appointment with the College Nurse at the start of Michaelmas term will automatically be registered to Newnham Walk GP surgery.

Our College Nurse holds regular surgeries and can offer medical advice. She is available to help with a wide variety of health and welfare needs, ranging from advice on minor illnesses and injuries to support for emotional issues. If more specialised help or treatment is required, she will help refer you or point you in the right direction via your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local service. Any information shared with the College Nurse is treated in strict medical confidence and will not be divulged to anyone without your consent.

Book an appointment with the nurse

College Nurse Information

College Counsellor

Your mental health needs to be looked after as much as your physical health. See the University’s Student Wellbeing pages for ideas and guidance on how to support your mental health at University.

Newnham College has a part-time College Counsellor who is available for appointments during term time, and will follow the same guidelines as the College Nurse. This is in addition to the University Counselling Service.

Elrika Erasmus CPsychol. AFBPsS. (BPS, HCPC)
Newnham College Counselling Psychologist

Please email for an appointment: counsellor@newn.cam.ac.uk

Term time hours:
Mondays 9:00am – 4:00pm. Drop in session: Mondays 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Thursdays 9:00am – 3:00pm. Drop in session: Thursdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Allergies in College

College has been informed (Oct 2019) that it is not currently legal to hold Adrenaline Auto-injectors (AAI) (often known as Epi-pens) for un-named individuals for emergency use. This means that College will no longer be able to keep spare generic Adrenaline Auto-injectors. As the law was changed in 2017 to allow schools to hold AAIs for un-named individuals for emergency use, we hope that the law will be extended to cover higher educational institutions.

For now, if you carry an AAI you are encouraged to keep a spare in College – please see the College Nurse about this, and make sure that you carry your AAI at all times, that it is in date, and that your friends know what to do in an emergency.

See these helpful tips for students with allergies