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Health & Wellbeing

Student Support - Health

Do you have queries about your wellbeing? Would you like to make changes to your lifestyle?

The Wellbeing Signposting Service will refer you to appropriate information, guidance and support. Further online resources are available in the Health & Well-being section of the Student Handbook (located under the "Who to talk to" section.)

Wellbeing appointments are available through Student Wellbeing & Support. To book a 30 minute appointment email Alternatively, you can use our wellbeing self-referral form.

Local doctors

We have a strong working partnership with our local doctors practice, Elm Surgery. We encourage students who are living on campus or moving to the immediate vicinity to register with a GP before you arrive, or on arrival. 

You can contact Elm Surgery on 01752 776772 (24 hrs) or by email via or you can use NHS Direct to find local GP services. 


You should make an appointment for a dental check-up every 12 months. Some dentists will delete you from their list of registered patients if you do not make an appointment within a certain period of time and you'll have to register again. 

There are three types of dentist surgery that you can choose from:

  • surgeries that treat NHS patients
  • surgeries that treat private patients
  • surgeries that treat both NHS and private patients

You can search for local NHS dentists online.

To apply for free NHS dental treatment view the HC11 booklet which gives guidance about NHS charging arrangements in England or view the NHS information page. Further information can be found on the British Dental Health Foundation website.

Derriford Hospital

Derriford Hospital neighbours the University and has an Emergency Department.

We strongly recommend students consider their need before attending the Emergency Department as there may be better and faster routes to get treatment. 

The Cumberland Urgent Treatment Centre in Devonport is open every day (08:00 - 18:00) to treat patients with an injury which isn’t life-threatening, but still requires urgent treatment.

Their team of nurse practitioners have undertaken specialist training and are able to assess, diagnose and treat patients of all ages. They also have x-ray facilities open 09:00 - 18:00.

Getting to the MIU at the Cumberland Centre (Devonport, Plymouth) | University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (


Healthcare costs

To find out if you qualify for help with healthcare costs such as NHS prescription costs, dental, optical charges and travel costs see the HC11 booklet which gives guidance about NHS charging arrangements in England or view the NHS information page.  

To claim for help with health care costs you will need to complete and send a HC1 application. If you have already paid for something and want to claim a refund you will need to complete a claim within three months of the date you paid. To claim your refund for dental, optical or travel costs complete a HC5 form. To claim a refund for prescription costs complete form FP57. For further information contact the NHS Health Benefits Division on 0845 850 1166.