Healthcare choices in Cardiff

NHS Direct Wales

NHS Direct Wales is a health advice and information service available 24 hours a day, every day.


Many ailments can be managed easily with remedies available from your local pharmacy.


Pharmacists can supply some medicines and also emergency contraception within 72 hours.

Pharmacists can advise on medicines available over the counter to treat a wide range of problems.

Contraceptive & Sexual Health Services

See the sexual health pages, and/or phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for details of your nearest clinic. This includes advice about how to obtain emergency contraception.

USW Health Centre

You can access USW’s Health Service on the Pontypridd campus during term. Our nurse-led service and appointments are available via Unilife. Telephone advice is also available on 01443 482081. See the contact us page for more information.

Your GP Surgery

Contact the USW Health Centre or Cardiff Advice Zone for details of how to register with a GP in the Cardiff area.

For medical care, urgent care during the day, injections and prescriptions ring for an appointment with your GP or practice nurse.

GP out-of-hours service

If you need urgent medical care which cannot wait until your GP surgery is next open, phone your GP practice and you will be given a number to call.

Dental Emergency

Phone your dentist or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 if you are not registered with a dentist.

Accident on campus

Consult a University first aider for treatment and/or advice.

A&E (Accident & Emergency) – 24 hours

University Hospital of Wales Heath Park Cardiff: 02920 747747

Attend an A&E Unit if you have an acute illness, chest pain or breathing problems or a painful injury less than 2 days old.


Dial 999 and ask for an ambulance for serious accident or life threatening illness only. Examples include severe chest pain, severe breathing problems, severe bleeding or unconsciousness.