Are YOU or someone you know feeling unwell?
Very often we don't need to see a GP , many common ailments do not require a GP for resolution and there are often quicker and better options available. Other choices of Health care professionals may be able to help you obtain the best treatment FOR YOU.
The Choose Well campaign aims to encourage the public to think about and select the most appropriate healthcare service for instances of illness or injury.
Choosing Well means that you will be able to obtain the correct medical advice or treatment quickly. It will also allow the busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.
Choosing Well Wales will help you decide which service you need. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used.
Our Nurse led service can help and advice you
We can help you register with a local GP or decide which service you need. If the USW Health Service cannot help with your issue consider the services below:
Your local pharmacy can help you Choose Well -
Many pharmacies now provide a range of services which can be accessed throughout the week . Pharmacists offer this as part of the Free common ailment advice and can sometimes arrange for a prescription for you without seeing a doctor. This can include services such as emergency contraception or needle exchange facilities.
Please check with your local pharmacy whether they offer this service.
For further information on local pharmacy opening times please go to the Pharmacy Search facility.
Contraception and sexual health clinics
Walk in clinics cover all aspects of sexual health and are available FREE in your local area. No appointments are needed but these tend to be very busy
To find out details of where your nearest clinic is use the following link or phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47
Free condoms are available on campus from the University Health service if you are under 25. See Free Condom Scheme
Emergency contraception - If you are under age 25 this is available from most pharmacies FREE. Alternatively contact NHS Direct, your GP or any integrated sexual health clinic
New Test and Post pilot service for STI testing
You can take a test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and/or a test for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in your own home. Order a FREE testing kit.
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.
Please note – the Dentist is free only if you are under 19 yrs old.
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 02920 190 175 Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm or evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays on 0290 444 500.
Alternatively, you can phone NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 for advice
Consult a University first aider for treatment and/or advice. For any medical emergency on campus call 01443 4 33333 and ask for a first aider.
Your nearest hospital is:
Tel: 01443 443443
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.
An optician can see you for any acute eye problems such as itchy eyes, red eyes, conjunctivitis, bloodshot eyes and swollen eyelids.
Most opticians offer free emergency appointments under Eye Care Wales. If you have any concerns at all about your eyes, see a high street optometrist (optician) straight away. They will tell you if you are eligible for a free eye health examination.