Information on University medical care and other health services
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:
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.
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
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
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.
Sexual Health Scotland provides useful information for maintaining your sexual health and wellbeing:
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.
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 can advise on:
- teaching and learning adjustments
- note-taking support
You can learn more about the learning support that the service offers on their site:
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