Any person discovering a fire:

First aid

First aiders during office hours:

and medical emergencies

Andrew Clare
Abraham Ghoneim
David Campbell
Bernard Leahy

First aid at work
Deputy Bursar
First aid at work
Assistant Bursar First aid at work
Assistant Bursar Essential first aid

First aiders outside office hours:
John Brodholt
Adrian Clark
Tessa Snelgar

Senior Member

First aid for wardens
Medical practitioner
First aid for wardens

Raise the alarm:
Break the glass to operate the nearest fire alarm call point.


U n i ve r s i t y of L on d on

Connaught Hall
Health & Safety

Call the fire brigade:
Dial 8200 and ask reception to call the FIRE BRIGADE.

Attack the fire:
Only if you can do so without risk to yourself.

On hearing the fire alarm:

Evacuate the building immediately:
Use the shortest escape route - follow the green signs.
Close (but do not lock) doors and windows behind you.

Meet at the assembly point:
Tavistock Square - on the pavement opposite the Hall.

Report accidents, injuries and medical emergencies
to reception immediately (internal extension 8200).
Please do not try to find first aiders in their offices
or flats, as this wastes time: just report the problem
to reception.
The Desk Porter at reception will contact a first
aider for you if necessary.

Do not:

Do not take personal risks.
Do not stop to pick up belongings.
Do not use the lift.
Do not re-enter the building until authorised to do so.
36-45 Tavistock Square, London wc1h 9ex
Tel: 020 7756 8200 – Fax: 020 7383 4109 –

Fire safety


Health problems

Upon your arrival in Hall, you must acquaint yourself with the
fire safety information in your room, and note the location of
your nearest fire exits, alarm call points, and extinguishers.


Registration with a doctor

Criminals have been known to target students at Connaught Hall.

Report any fire safety concerns to the Bursar’s Office or on-call
Duty Officer immediately.


You must provide your doctor’s details to the Bursar’s Office, on
the appropriate form, within 21 days of your arrival in Hall. We
very strongly recommend that you register with a local (central
London) gp who can visit you here in an emergency. Further
details are printed in the Residents’ Handbook.

Fire safety equipment & fire alarm
It is vital to the safety of the Hall that the fire alarm and firefighting equipment are kept in full working order. Interfering
with fire safety equipment is a serious disciplinary offence.
Anyone caught tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke
detectors, or fire alarm call points – or causing malicious false
alarms – will be reported immediately to the Warden and most
likely required to leave the Hall within 48 hours.
Prohibited items
You may use the microwaves in the pantry on each floor and the
kettle which is provided in your study bedroom. Apart from this
equipment provided by the Hall, you may not keep or use any
of the following:

candles (including tea lights and scented candles);
fragrance burners (e.g. incense sticks, oil burners);
shishas, hookahs, bongs, or similar smoking devices;
cooking equipment (e.g. toasters, microwaves, fryers);
heaters (e.g. gas or electric heaters, oil-filled radiators);
clothes irons.

Spot checks will be carried out; any such items found will be
confiscated. Requests for refrigerators in study-bedrooms will
be considered on an individual basis but will normally only be
approved if required for medical reasons (e.g. storage of drugs).
Fire escape routes
Never obstruct fire exits, corridors, or stairways with any object:
THINK about where you leave your luggage, furniture, rubbish,
etc, and make an effort to remove any obstructions that you
encounter, or report them to a member of staff.
Fire doors
Never wedge fire doors open (including doors to studybedrooms, corridors, and stairwells): they can save lives by
stopping spread of smoke and fire. Do not stick posters or notes
to either side of your door; for these allow fire to spread across
the fire-resistant door much more quickly.

- lock your doors and windows
- use your swipe card when entering the Hall
- meet your guests at Reception and sign them in & out
- let anyone into the Hall unless you know who they are
- leave your door unlocked, even for a few minutes
- lend your key or swipe card to anyone else
Be vigilant at all times. Report any suspicious behaviour to
reception immediately. In an emergency, dial 999 for the police
then inform reception straight away.

In accordance with English law, smoking is prohibited in Hall. If
people are found smoking in public areas, both the Hall and the
individual responsible may be liable to pay a fine; we will pass
on the cost of any such fines to the residents concerned.

Windows & the roof
Please be aware that the windows on the back of the building
can be caught by gusts of wind and break as they slam shut; be
very careful when the weather is windy. You must not throw or
drop anything from any window. Access to the roof of the main
building, dining hall roof, and all external ledges & parapets
is strictly forbidden and will be deemed serious misconduct.
Penalties may include expulsion or a fine of up to £250.

Health & safety reporting procedure
Simple maintenance problems should be recorded in the
maintenance log book at Reception. Report broader concerns
to the Bursar’s Office, a member of the Facilities Committee, or
Serious or urgent problems (blocked fire escape, electrical fault,
gas or water leak, etc) should be reported immediately to the
Bursar’s Office or Duty Officer.

Sources of health advice
NHS Direct (0845 4647 or
Staffed by nurses and professional advisors 24 hours a day, NHS
Direct can offer information on: what to do if you feel ill; health
conditions; local health services; and self-help organisations.
Pharmacists (or “chemists”) are experts on medicines and how
they work. They can also offer advice on complaints such as
coughs, colds, aches and pains and other health issues, such as
healthy eating and giving up smoking.
NHS walk-in centre
NHS walk-in centres, staffed by experienced nurses, offer advice
and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. They are open
seven days a week, and you don’t need to make an appointment.
The nearest walk-in centre is the Soho Centre for Health & Care
at Frith Street (telephone 020 7534 6500).
General practitioner (gp)
Your gp provides general medical advice and treatment,
prescriptions, tests, referral to specialists when appropriate,
contraception, and immunisations. Out of hours, most gps have
an answering machine referring you to their emergency number.
Accident & emergency
In a genuine emergency, go to a hospital emergency department.
For very serious or life-threatening problems only, call 999 for an
ambulance. The nearest 24-hour A&E department is:
University College Hospital (uch)
235 Euston Road, London nw1 2bu (at junction with Gower St.)
Telephone 0845 155 5000
If you are unwell…
The staff in Hall will be happy to help. Please let us know if
you call out a doctor or an ambulance for yourself, so we can
arrange any immediate help and direct the doctor or ambulance
crew quickly to your location. Tell us if you are admitted to
hospital for more than 24 hours, and keep us informed if you are
diagnosed with any serious communicable disease that might
pose a danger to other residents.