Health Costs

During your time at the University there may come a time where they need to visit a doctor, opticians or dentist, which can lead to certain costs. Please view the following regarding charges or discounts you can receive while being a student:

General Health Advice
The University has a Health Centre on the Treforest Campus that provides free health advice to all students enrolled at the University of South Wales.
The Health Team have strong links with local practices, where they help students register with a doctor while they are at university and living in the local area.


On the Treforest Campus the Health Centre work in partnership with Ashgrove Surgery in Pontypridd to offer on campus clinics for students living in Treforest. You can register with either of these Practices at the University Health Centre.

Prescriptions at present are free to all residents in Wales including students, as long as you are registered with a doctor in Wales. For students who attend a practice in England there will be a charge for prescriptions, but support can be found through the NHS Low Income Scheme. Students from Scotland at present do not pay for prescriptions.

Students may find an illness can lead to them not being able to submit an assignment or attend a practical exam. If this happened they would need to provide a doctor’s note and an extenuating circumstances form. There is a charge for a doctor’s note and this is can depend on the practice used.


Seeing a Dentist in the UK is NOT free unless you are under the age of 19. You need to register with a local Dentist Practice in order to be seen under the NHS. Seeing a NHS Dentist will cost you much less that a private one.

Check the NHS website for local dentists in your area that are accepting new NHS patients to their practice .

IF you are not registered with a dentist and you have an Urgent problem contact the emergency dental helpline
The NHS emergency dental Helpline numbers are :

Pontypridd is 01443 680166, weekends and bank holidays 0300 123 5060

Cardiff 02920 190175 , weekends and bank holidays 02920 444 500

Newport 01633 488389 weekends and bank holidays 0845 602 0252

You can see any Dentist much quicker as a private patient but the costs will be much higher than on the NHS

Seeing an Optician in the UK is “NOT* free if you are over 19 yrs old
You do not need to be registered with an Optician, Sight tests can be booked through any high street Optician or some Supermarkets have Opticians also and tend to be slightly cheaper.

Emergencies – If your problem is more urgent than just a sight problem Contact any high street optician in your local area and ask for an appointment with the Welsh Eye care service, this appointment will be FREE . You can also visit your local pharmacy for advice.

Sight tests, glasses and contact lens costs can be high, the NHS provide support for students through their Low Income Scheme. There is a form that you will need to complete to apply that can help students with financial support towards optician costs. The HC1 form is available from the health centre

NHS Low Income Scheme (HC1)
This NHS Low Income Scheme is available for students who need financial support for the following:

  • NHS Prescription charges
  • NHS Dental Treatment, including check ups
  • NHS Wigs and Fabric Supports
  • Sight tests, glasses and contact lenses
  • Travel to receive NHS treatment under the care of a consultant

You can claim for the NHS Low Income Scheme at any time, and do not have to wait for the treatment to be carried out. Also you can claim for yourself, your partner and your children.
For more information please view the following link: NHS Benefits