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Accident and emergency information

What to do if you're involved in an accident, injury or incident

Sometimes accidents, near misses or injuries or incidents might happen while at university, here's what you need to do.



Getting medical help

Emergency support from the police and NHS medical services is free and available to anyone. However, in order to access ongoing treatment and medical support you need to be registered with a local NHS doctor.

We also have medical support on campus in the form of first aiders and publicly-accessible defibrillators.

First aid and defibrillators on campus

There are first-aiders in all university buildings - look out for the green first aid signs. These list all the staff in the building that are qualified to give first aid treatment, and their extension numbers.

If you see a hazard or risk, report it to a member of staff or campus security on extension 3333 or +44 (0)23 9284 3333.

The University has over 20 publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on campus around the University:

  • Anglesea, main corridor
  • Bateson Halls, Reception
  • Eldon Building, Reception
  • Eldon Building, Caretaker's Office
  • Institute of Marine Sciences, Building A
  • King Henry Building, Entrance foyer
  • Langstone Campus, Sports Office
  • Mercantile House, Floor 6 Staff Office 
  • Milldam LC LD, Reception
  • Petersfield Centre for Environmental Technology, Staff Office
  • Portland, Atrium
  • Port Royal Street, Main Office 
  • Ravelin Sports Centre, Reception
  • Rees Halls, Reception
  • Richmond Building, Reception
  • St George's Building, Reception 
  • St Michael's Building, Floor 1 Faculty Office
  • St Paul's Sports Centre, Reception
  • University Learning Centre, opposite DSAA hub
  • University Library, Ground Floor Foyer 
  • William Beatty Building, Reception* 

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Getting help from the NHS

Health advice - NHS 111

Call 111 or visit for health advice. It's a free service that allows you to speak to NHS staff who can give you health advice or help find which service is best for you.

Illnesses and minor injuries

The Urgent Treatment Centre and Minor Injury Unit at St Mary's Hospital, east of the University campus can help with minor illnesses and injuries

They can offer treatment, advice and information for incidents like minor head and eye wounds, treating sprains, strains and breaks to arms, lower legs and feet. 

Calling an ambulance 

If you or someone else has a serious or life-threatening injury or condition on campus, call the Security Lodge for an ambulance on extension 3333 or +44 (0)23 9284 3333. You'll be asked:

  • The location, including the area or room in the building
  • The phone number you're calling from
  • What's happened?

The Security Lodge will call an ambulance and dispatch caretakers and security to assist and arrange access for the ambulance crew. They will call you back to confirm that the ambulance is on its way.

Life threatening emergencies

If you need urgent medical treatment for a life threatening emergency, the local hospital in Portsmouth is Queen Alexandra Hospital ("QA Hospital") in the north of the city.

The Emergency Department at QA Hospital treats those with life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, persistent or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. 



How to report a crime or security incident

Please contact Campus Security if you're the victim of, or witness, a crime or security incident on campus.

Reporting sexual violence

For specialist and confidential medical support and advice after a sexual assault the best place to go is the Treetops Centre, Portsmouth’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Phone the 24/7 helpline on +44 (0)300 123 6616.

PC Clare Parry, the University of Portsmouth Police Liaison Officer

Our campus police officer

The University's dedicated liaison officer supports students with any police-related enquiries or issues you have on campus.

Police Constable (PC) Clare Parry is an experienced police officer, who has worked extensively with victims of crime and in the community.

You can meet with Clare by dropping into her weekly ‘surgeries’ at the University Library every Thursday lunchtime from 12.00pm - 1.00pm.

She can also be contacted by email at or by phone on +44 (0)7932 289 776

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Your safety matters to us – explore our guides to help your enjoy your time at university, and find contact details for police and other support.

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