Health services

Information on University medical care and other health services

Health Centre

The University Health Centre is an independent medical practice. It offers full general practitioner (GP) services to patients who live in the practice area, including:

  • comprehensive medical care
  • contraceptive advice
  • antenatal services
  • child welfare services
  • nursing services

For more information on the University Health Centre visit their website:

University Health Centre website

General practitioners (GPs)

If you reside outside the University Health Centre area, you will need to register with a GP near your home. The GP finder on the NHS website can help you find a practice in your catchment area.

NHS Lothian - Find a GP


The University Pharmacy at Bristo Square is open to all students for dispensing prescriptions and selling medicines and toiletries. Services include:

  • free, NHS Minor Ailment Service (get advice and non-prescription medicines from the pharmacist)
  • emergency contraception
  • support to stop smoking
  • advice on all healthcare issues, including overseas travel

University Pharmacy information

Dentist and opticians

Vitality Dental and Optical Care in Potterow is an independent medical practice that provides services for students, such as:

  • free registration and free examinations
  • NHS services
  • cosmetic treatments

Vitality Dental website

Vitality Optical website

Sexual and reproductive health

Free sexual health services are available to all students through Lothian Sexual Health, including tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), emergency contraception and pregnancy advice.

Lothian Sexual Health website

Get a C-card for free condoms

Sexual Health Scotland provides useful information for maintaining your sexual health and wellbeing:

Sexual Health Scotland website

Access to free sanitary products initiative

The Scottish Government has committed to providing access from August 2018 to free sanitary products for students in schools, colleges and universities. Follow the link below for more information.

Access to free sanitary products

Disability support

A range of support exists to students with dyslexia, mental health issues, chronic health problems, and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments:

Student Disability Service

Student Disability Service can advise on:

  • teaching and learning adjustments
  • proofreading
  • note-taking support

You can learn more about the learning support that the service offers on their site:

Student Disability Service - Support we offer


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