Freshers: Register with a GP/The Health Service (UPDATED)

August 8, 2017

Now that you’ve moved away from home and you’re living in student accommodation it’s important that you register with a GP surgery in the area, especially if you have regular medication or have known medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy. Don’t wait until you’re unwell or need to see a doctor!

Note: If you are a Welsh student whose home address is in Wales please see this note.

Treforest, Glyntaff, Pontypridd area

At Treforest campus we have an on campus Health Centre and visiting GP service that you can register with.
GPs from Ashgrove surgery offer clinics at our Health Centre during term.

There will be registration drop in sessions available in the Student Hub (number 26 on this map) on the following dates.

Please attend one of the registration drop in sessions as soon as possible after enrolling, no appointment necessary.

To speed up the process please print and complete this form and this form and bring them with you.

In addition please bring the name and address of your home GP and your Student ID card.

  • Tues 26th Sept 9am – midday
  • Weds 27th sept 1pm – 4pm
  • Thurs 28th Sept 10am – 1pm
  • Mon 2nd Oct 10 am – 1pm
  • Weds 4th Oct 11am – 2pm

If you are unable to attend the above sessions call into the health centre to pick up forms and then, book a registration appointment with the USW nurse adviser via Unilife. Don’t forget to bring the completed forms!

Newport – Newport student village and Newport area

The nurse is available at Newport City Campus on a Tuesday and Thursday and holds regular drop in sessions as well as bookable appointments.

Students can register with a local GP by making an appointment with the nurse or by registering directly with a GP surgery in the area they are living. To find a GP surgery in your area check NHS Direct Wales.

Registration forms are available from the Newport Advice Zone or from the Nurse.

For those students living at Newport student village registration drop ins will be available on the following dates:

  • Tues 19th Sept 3pm – 5pm
  • Thurs 28th Sept 3pm – 5pm at the student village.

Cardiff Area

Please register with a GP close to where you are living in the City . You can check for your closest GP surgery using NHS Direct Wales.

You can visit the University Health centre at the Treforest campus for advice and support from the Nurse adviser or contact 01443 482081 / to speak with a Nurse.


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Welsh Students Whose Home Address is in Wales

Welsh students who ordinarily live in Wales, and who are moving temporarily to be near campus while studying at Uni, need to bring their NHS number with them when registering for a new local GP.

It is important that you have your NHS number with you because this will enable us to electronically transfer your medical records from your current GP surgery.

Your NHS number can be found by a number of ways:
• On a registration card – usually issued at birth or after transferring to another GP
• On a repeat medication prescription
• By contacting your current GP as it will be on your medical records
• Any Hospital correspondence that you might have had

Students arriving from aboard or other parts of the UK do not need to worry about this.

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