General Health

You should register with a GP as soon as you arrive in Dundee. Here you’ll find some handy advice on finding and registering with a GP. 

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Register with a GP


From coughs and colds to lumps and bumps, we all need to see a GP from time to time. All University of Dundee students should register with a local GP. It is a quick and easy process that will benefit you in the long run.

You can find your nearest GPs, pharmacies, and dentists by accessing the NHS 24 website and entering your postcode and the service you are looking for –NHS 24 – Find Local Services or by telephoning NHS 24 on Tel 111. When you have chosen a GP just go in and ask to register (be prepared to try one or two different medical centres as sometimes their lists may be full and therefore they may be unable to register you at that time). You will need to take three forms of identification:

  • a passport
  • matriculation card
  • documentation with your Dundee address on it

University of Dundee Health Service


Your University provide information and offer support and guidance about your health. Visit the University of Dundee Health site for more information.

Men's Health

The NHS Choices website has extensive information on men’s health issues, including testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

Women's Health

The NHS Choices website has extensive information on women’s health issues, including breast cancer, cervical cancertoxic shock syndrome and thrush.

Health Tips for Students


Health Costs
  • In Scotland prescriptions are free.
  • Many adults over the age of 18 have to pay for NHS dental treatment – NHS charges are set by the Scottish Government. If you have to pay for dental work, you can ask your dentist how much it will cost before your treatment begins.
  • You can get your eyes examined free of charge by any optometrist in Scotland who provides NHS services.

Vaccinations

Meningitis – University students up to the age of 25 are offered the MEN ACWY vaccine. The MEN ACWY vaccine can protect you from four causes of meningitis and septicaemia. Just pop into your GP and ask for the Men ACWY vaccine.

Flu Jab – If you take inhaled steroids and asthma it is highly advised that you get the annual flu vaccination. Visit your GP for more information.

Eat Well For Less


You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Here’s some top tips eating well whilst being on a tight budget.

  • Plan your meals for the week and create a shopping list.
  • Stick to your shopping list. No matter how good the deals seem.
  • Eat your leftover dinner for lunch.
  • Buy frozen vegetables, fruit and meat. They’re cheaper and are at the peak of their freshness before frozen.
  • Dine in groups – Include your friends and have a pot luck dinner. Everyone has to contribute a homemade dish, whether it is a starter, main or dessert.

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