Bristol Medical School email students to confirm a third year passed away this week
‘We are very sorry to write with such sad news’
All Bristol medical students have received an email from their School, confirming that one of their peers died on Friday morning after contracting "An extraordinarily rare condition".
The student, who is named in the email, fell unwell last weekend and was thereafter admitted to a hospital outside the Bristol area.
Public Health England have confirmed that the death of the student is not linked to the recent case of another University of Bristol student who had meningitis.
The email, written by both Dr Andrew Blythe, Programme Director, and Professor Sarah Purdy, Head of School, noted that "University colleagues have spoken" to the student's "family and passed on our condolences". The individual in question was "extremely well-liked and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting" them.
The email added that "It will be extremely difficult for some of you to receive the news" and detailed a list of support available to students if they feel the need to talk to someone including the Students’ Health Service, Student Counselling Service, Multifaith Chaplaincy and Bristol SU’s Just Ask advice service. All these can be found on the Current Students section of the University website here.
Medical students who may have a long case or other clinical exam scheduled for next week can ask for this to be postponed.