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    Hi, I'm starting at LJMU in September and was wondering if anyone knows a decent GP - I have mental health issues and take medication. As a mature student I'm very much looking forward to uni, the only thing that terrifies me is finding a GP that understands mental health and my need for medicationn - I've had doctors try to stop them before, and can't afford to go backwards in my recovery.

    Any help would be appreciated, tia.
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    (Original post by Marmiteandbacon)
    Hi, I'm starting at LJMU in September and was wondering if anyone knows a decent GP - I have mental health issues and take medication. As a mature student I'm very much looking forward to uni, the only thing that terrifies me is finding a GP that understands mental health and my need for medicationn - I've had doctors try to stop them before, and can't afford to go backwards in my recovery.

    Any help would be appreciated, tia.
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    I'm a student in Liverpool at the moment so I can give you accurate information.

    Students at LJMU and the University of Liverpool are encouraged to sign up to a GP as soon as they arrive. As I go to the University of Liverpool rather than JMU, I signed up for my GP through the university student health centre and they referred me to the closest clinic. I'm not sure if JMU have their own student health centre, but they should definitely have some guidance or process on how to find a GP.

    There's information for new students in Liverpool here: http://www.brownlowhealth.co.uk/students/new-students/

    As for dealing with mental health - my experience has been very positive. The GPs I have visited have been extremely understanding, and allow you to choose what you think is best for you. I was on medication for about a year, but then made the decision myself to stop them - the GPs are there to advise and help, not to dictate your treatment.

    The main practices that students tend to go to are Brownlow General Practice and the Ropewalks Surgery (both listed on the website I linked above). They have many different doctors and if you find that you like how one particular GP deals with your illness, you can always just request to see them over anyone else.

    Don't worry Liverpool is a very friendly place and the doctors are very approachable. Just tell them your fears and they will understand.
 
 
 
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