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Registering with a GP near your term-time address is important to ensure that you can access healthcare and advice if you need it whilst at university.

Registering with a GP is easy, simply collect a form from the practice itself, or check the practice website to see if it is possible to register directly online.

You can find a practice close to your new address by clicking this link.

To register with a GP, you will need:

  • your town and country of birth
  • your term-time address
  • the address of your previously registered GP practice
  • any recent medical history relating to allergies, medication, vital statistics, lifestyle choices or any diagnosis or ongoing treatment

If you have a minor illness, questions about your symptoms or medication, or are looking for advice, a Community Pharmacist (local chemist) can help.

Offering free, confidential advice your local Pharmacy can support with a range of common and minor illnesses and provide guidance on medication. Some of the conditions you can seek support for include conjunctivitis, diarrhoea, tonsillitis and thrush.  

Within Cardiff, Community Pharmacists also offer contraception services, including a range of over-the-counter products and emergency contraception. Eight Community Pharmacists are also able to prescribe regular oral contraception, without needing to see your GP.

Also, if you are registered with a GP in Wales, you are entitled to free prescriptions from a pharmacist in Wales.

You can find a local Community Pharmacist near your term-time address by following this link.

Primary Care is often thought of as the ‘front-door’ of the healthcare service, being the first port of call for the majority of people who have new symptoms or conditions.

Knowing your Primary Care team and how to access them is important, as not all conditions are best placed with your GP.

Your Primary Care team is made up of GPs, General Practice Nurses, Community Pharmacists, Optometrists, Dentists and Urgent Out of Hours teams. Primary Choice has been developed to help you understand which member of the Primary Care team can help you, to ensure you get seen by the right person, in the right place, first time.

To find out more about Primary Choice and to meet you Primary Care team, please visit this dedicated webpage.

NHS 111 Wales is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed both online and by directly calling the service for free.

The NHS 111 Wales website provides a range of information on health conditions and illnesses, a symptom checker and guidance on who you can contact for the right care, first time.

Within Cardiff, NHS 111 Wales is the route you would take if you need to attend the Emergency Unit (often known as A&E), the Minor Injuries Unit or to access care Out-Of-Hours.

If your health condition is urgent, but not life-threatening, then you should phone 111 first before attending.

By calling 111, a call handler will assess your condition and help you get the right help, at the right place, first time. Callers will receive health advice over the phone, and if further assessment is required, a clinician from CAV 24/7 will call you back. 

Remember, 999 is available and should only ever be used when there is a life-threatening emergency. So, if it is not a life-threatening emergency, use 111.

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