Healthcare choices in Pontypridd

NHS Direct Wales

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


You DO NOT always need to see a GP. If your problem is minor you can visit your local Pharmacy for help and advice as many ailments can be managed easily with remedies available over the counter at the pharmacy. For certain common ailments the pharmacist can also issue you with a prescription as part of the new free Common Ailment Service .


Pharmacists now offer the Free Common Ailment Service and can sometimes arrange for a prescription for you without seeing a Dr. Please check with your local pharmacy whether they offer this service.

Some pharmacies offer Free emergency contraception within 72 hours.

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

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 Service

Our service at Treforest Campus.

Your GP Surgery

Contact the USW Health Centre for details of how to register with a GP in the Pontypridd area. If you wish to see a GP on campus you will need to register with Ashgrove Surgery

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 contact.

Dental Emergency

Contact your normal dental practice first as most dentists offer emergency appointments on the day. If you are not registered locally with a dentist, phone the dental helpline on 01443 680 166 Mon – Fri 9am – 16.30pm or after 18.30, weekends and Bank Holidays on 0300 123 50 60
Alternatively, you can phone NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 for advice

Accident on campus

Contact a University first aider on 33333 (internal ) or 01443 4 8 33333 (via mobiles) or see first aid posters displayed in your department, Alternatively visit the Treforest campus Health Centre for treatment and/or advice.

A&E (Accident & Emergency) Unit – 24 hours

Your nearest hospital is the Royal Glamorgan Hospital: 01443 443443

Attend A&E ONLY if you have an acute illness, chest pain or breathing problems or a painful injury less than 2 days old. Please visit your normal GP service for any other health problem first or contact NHS Direct Wales 0845 46 47 for advice


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.