The College Nurses

Our wonderful College  Nurses Helen James (hlj30), full time during term time, and Jo Scoones (js2444), part time during term, are your first port of call for both medical issues and wider personal and emotional issues you may behaving at college. Helen and Jo are experienced Registered General Nurses who can assist with a wide range of health and wellbeing needs. This includes assessment, support and advice for minor illnesses and injuries, mental health issues or more general support for all manner of worries and personal or emotional issues. If more specialised help or treatment is required, the College Nurses can help refer you or point you in the right direction whether via your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local service.

Clinical Appointments:

Clinical appointments are taken by either Helen or Jo in room O4, Memorial Court, lasting approximately 25 minutes. Slots are released to book on the VLE ( either one week in advance or 24 hours in advance (for emergency appointments). These appointments are for minor illnesses and injuries or for healthcare advice. Do not hesitate to book an appointment if something is not right, both Helen and Jo are lovely and happy to give advice about anything that is worrying you.

Wellbeing Appointments:

Helen is one of the first ports of call for anyone struggling with any mental health issues and appointments with her are also easily booked via the VLE ( These are taken in room O6, memorial court, and last approximately 45 minutes. These appointments are intended for advice, support or just a listening ear for all manner of emotional, personal or mental health concerns. Helen is a brilliant asset to Clare College and also works in conjunction with the Welfare Team to bring speakers and workshops about mental health to Clare.

Sexual Health:

The nurse’s office contains leaflets and sexual health supplies which can be collected confidentially. In addition, you can arrange to meet with Helen to discuss pregnancy testing.

Freshers’ Week:

In Freshers’ Week you will have a meeting with Helen to discuss any health arrangements and she will help advise on registering with the local GP practice. If you feel unwell outside of the hours Helen is in college, it is important that you seek help from the Porters’ Lodge.

Directions to Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ is a 20 minutes’ cycle or an hour’s walk from Memorial Court.  Alternatively, take the UNI4 bus from West Road (opposite Sidgewick site) or in front of Robinson College (behind the University Library) three times an hour.

The Porters will also pay for your taxi and then add it on the end of your college bill, if necessary.[ERE1]

Directions to Newnham Walk Surgery

Same as above Newnham Walk Surgery, Cambridge, CB3 9HS is a 10 minutes’ walk from Memorial Court.  Alternatively, the Surgery has a second branch in town on the first floor of Boots, Lion Yard, 28 Petty Cury, CB2 3ND

Sexual Health Fairy

Condoms, Pregnancy and Chlamydia Tests Free condoms are available to all students and can be accessed in a number of confidential ways:

  1.    The Sexual Health Fairy will be keeping the welfare pigeonhole in each of the three courts well stocked. In Memorial Court, it is located on the immediate far right when you enter the plodge.
  2.    The College Nurse: A box is kept in Helen’s waiting room. Outside working hours you can get a key for the room from the Memorial Court Porters’ Lodge.
  3.    You can contact us by emailing ucs-welfare [at] srcf [dot] ucam [dot] org if there are none left in the pigeonhole, if you would like some specifically put in your pigeonhole or if there are supplies you need that are not available at all.
  4.    CUSU: If you want large numbers of condoms you can buy them (heavily subsidised) CUSU.
  5.    Free pregnancy and chlamydia tests are supplied by us. These can be obtained by emailing Freddy (fl382), who will put an envelope in your pigeon hole, or by leaving an enveloped note in Freddy’s pigeon hole in Colony should you wish to remain anonymous (he will leave one in the same pigeon hole for you to collect later). Helen also has these so you can visit her during clinic hours.