College Nurses

Downing College Nurses are currently unavailable due to the summer break closure. The service will resume in Michaelmas term.

Access to nurse appointments will be via Moodle and will be telephone consultations (and in some circumstances via Zoom).

The College Nurse service will start from October onwards for registration of new students only. Routine appointments will be available when the registration period is complete.

Updates on normal appointments will be published on Moodle (usually by mid-November), vie email and on these pages. We will respond to urgent calls during this time, but students are advised to speak to their GP in the first instance if needing urgent medical advice, or call 999 in emergencies.

Please note: No face-to-face appointments with the College Nurses are available at this current time. Do not come to the Nurses' room in College for an appointment.

Nurse Registration appointments on Moodle should run as follows: 

Edel Gower

15 min telephone slots between these times:

  • Monday: 9.30am - 11.30am; 12.30pm - 1.30pm.  
  • Tuesday: 9.30am - 11.30am; 1pm - 2pm.
  • Wednesday: 9.30am - 11.30am.
  • Thursday: 11am - 3pm.

Lara Murphy

15 min telephone slots between these times (TBC):

  • Thursday: 9.30am - 12.15pm; 2pm - 3pm.
  • Friday: 10am - 11.30am; 3pm - 3.30pm.


You can contact the college nurses by email on and we will try to respond to you within our working hours.

If you need to speak to the nurses in person, please telephone on (+44 1223 334817).

Please note:

  • The College Nurses are not the first port of call for emergencies and do not have an answering service.
  • If you need medical advice outside of these hours contact your GP, most of whom are currently carrying out telephone ‘triage’, or call the 111 service.
  • If you are going into self-isolation, due to contact with someone with COVID-19 or have symptons, or are starting quarantine due to current laws on travel, please follow the university procedure on reporting this by contacting the Downing College Porters’ Lodge on telephone (01223) 334800, and only after you have used the NHS COVID-19 Symptom checker.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call 111.