There are an array of GP surgery options available to students in Swansea and we work closely with the following:
Looking after your health
Do I need to inform the University?
If your illness will affect your attendance, please, make sure that you notify your Faculty so that they can note your absence. You should also contact your Personal Tutor to let them know so you can discuss your options for your studies.
Please be aware that you may be asked to provide medical documents about your illness. These can usually be obtained from your GP.
Faculty Student Information/Experience Team
You can contact the Faculty Student Information / Experience staff who can offer practical advice, guidance, and signposting to appropriate services. They can also discuss the extenuating circumstances process with you should you need to use this.
Looking after your sexual health as a student means thinking about contraception, getting regular check-ups, which include testing for common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and learning how to be a considerate and responsible sexual partner. You can access testing in Wales via Frisky Wales.
Due to the large number of new students living close together during Fresher’s week and beyond, there can be an increased risk for students to catch and spread Meningitis and TB. This is why it is essential that all students register with a GP, to ensure that they are vaccinated against Meningitis, and are screened for TB.
International students with a student route visa can register with a GP and get free healthcare by paying the Immigration Health Surcharge.
For students with visitor visas and short-term student visa, you should have your own private health insurance in place when you come to the UK. You will need to find out if the GP surgery accepts ‘private’ patients and what treatments your insurance covers.
For the University Health Centre, they can only register a student if you are here for longer than 6 months, otherwise, you’ll need to visit minor injuries/A&E.
Where can I access further support?
Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can also help you with a range of minor health concerns.
They are also qualified healthcare professionals and can dispense prescribed medication along with offering free clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of common ailments, such as coughs, colds, skin rashes, bites and aches and pains.
To find your local pharmacy you can use the online NHS 111 Services Near You webpage.
Accident & Emergency (A&E)
Morriston Hospital A&E provides a 24-hour facility 7 days a week.
For the assessment, examination, treatment, and referral of all accident victims, and patients with acute illnesses.
How to get there: Heol Maes Eglwys, Cwmrhydyceirw, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6NL.
Contact number: +44 (0)1792 702222.
Neath Port Talbot Hospital Minor Injuries Unit is currently open hours: 8 am-9 pm, 7 days a week.
For patients for minor conditions including, cuts and minor burns, sprains and strains and broken bones.
How to get there: Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Baglan Way, Port Talbot, SA12 7BX.
Contact number: +44 (0)1639 862160.
Mental Health Support
For further guidance on this, please familiarise yourself with and bookmark the University’s Help in a Crisis webpage.