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FRESHERS and returning students are being urged to register with GPs as the new term gets under way.

Health bosses say they should look to use the most appropriate NHS services, rather than emergency units for minor ailments.

Students should register with a local GP, according to Christine Keen, of the Tyne and Wear area team of NHS England.

“Those who are moving away from home need to make sure they register with a local GP as a priority,” said Ms Keen.

“It’s important to increase the number of students who register with a GP, so that they use the most appropriate NHS services, which will help to reduce unnecessary and costly attendances at A&E.

“The 111 service can also provide useful information and advice about local health services and choices.

“Your GP should be first port of call for the majority of health needs, both physical and mental, and if access to other health services is required, your GP can arrange that.”