Health

We offer advice on many student matters. Check out our other advice topics.

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 on the NHS Scotland website 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.

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.

NHS Support

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

ISE – Healthy Body, Healthy Mind


The links between good mental health and sport and exercise are well recognised. It has been proven that regular exercise can help mitigate the effects of mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and more widely, exercise can be used by all as a preventative means of ensuring balanced mental wellbeing.  NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport recognise this in colleges and universities around Scotland through the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards.

We work together with the ISE – Sports Union, the university health service and student services on a whole range of activities and projects with the aim of bringing about practical changes across the whole institution. We want our campus to be a healthier and happier one!

Taking up regular activity will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Here are just a few of things you can look forward to:

  • A boost of happy endorphins
  • Lots of quality sleep
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety
  • Improved brainpower
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
We believe physical activity is undoubtedly the best medicine for health and well-being and we work towards supporting this statement every day. We believe our work makes an impact transforming lives not only in the University but also within the wider community.
Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE)

How can sport or exercise help?
  • Physical activity 3 times a week can cut your chances of getting depression by about 20%
  • 30 mins x 5 a week = Best way to get the most out of sessions of moderate physical activity
  • 85% of participants in a study said exercise was ‘helpful’ in alleviating mental health issues

Visit the ISE Gym

Or, if you need help or a bit of support to get started, email Nik n.long@dundee.ac.uk

Sexual Health


STIs are something you should always be mindful of and consistently take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from. It is also very important that you maintain regular sexual checkups, and get tested whenever you have concerns or have put yourself at risk.

Local services include Ninewells Sexual Health Clinic, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, and The Corner (Under 25s only) they each offer sexual health and HIV testing.

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland: Swan House, 2 Explorer Rd, Dundee, DD2 1GB

Ninewells Hospital Sexual Health Clinic

Ninewells Hospital Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinic

The Corner

The Corner: 13 Shore Terrace, Dundee, DD1 3DP

 

  • Ninewells Hospital Sexual Health Clinic: Ninewells, Dundee DD2, UK
  • Terrence Higgins Trust: Swan House, 2 Explorer Rd, Dundee, DD2 1GB
  • The Corner: 13 Shore Terrace, Dundee, DD1 3DP
  • Kirkcaldy: Whytemans Brae Hospital, Whyteman’s Brae KY1 2ND

Free HIV Test Postal Service


Terrence Higgins Trust also offer a free and discrete HIV home sampling postal service for anyone over 16 and living in Scotland.

Local Support Off Campus


Sexual Health Tayside

Advice & info about getting a check up in Dundee/Tayside

MOT (Men Only Tayside)

Free & confidential service for gay & bi-sexual men
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The Corner (For Under 25s)

Drop in sessions for teens and advice for under 25s

Sexual Health Scotland

Sexual health clinic finder and general advice

Contraceptives at DUSA


You may choose to have sex at university or you may not – if you do, it’s important that you practice safe sex and have a good understanding of sexual health issues. At DUSA we care about your sexual health and provide a selection of contraceptives completely free to all our students. You can pick them up from dispensers found around The Union, or ask a member of staff in The Hive. You can also find free condoms at the University Health Service located in the Support Hub at the Old Technical Institute. Both DUSA and the University provide latex free condoms for those with allergies.
Like the birds and the bees, we all have needs. We want to break away from avoiding the sex chat and make sure that each and every one of you knows how to stay safe when getting it on. From SHAG bags to free chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV testing on campus, at DUSA we can make sure you find the best local support.

 

At DUSA we provide:

Condoms in all sizes

Female condoms

Lubricants

Flavoured condoms

Flavoured oral dams

Advice on finding STI testing in Dundee

Condoms Given Away Every Year at DUSA

Mental Health Facts and Figures


1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
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Doctors believe the majority of people suffering a mental health problem do not seek help
Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder, effecting almost 9% of people the UK
Due to Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) depression cases rise by 7% during the winter months

Minds Matter


Minds Matter is the mental health campaign run by DUSA alongside the University, the Sports’ Union and the Mental Health Society. Over the past year the campaign has hosted a range of events and activities to raise awareness of, and support those with mental health issues. From podcasts with mental health professionals to colouring in, we aim to break the stigma around mental health. We see the importance of our student’s mental well-being and are here to support you through your studies at Dundee.
From stress to depression to anxiety, mental health problems can affect us all at any time and nobody needs to suffer alone. That’s what we’re here for, a friendly face to talk to and provide you with information and support when taking that big step.

UoD Support


The University Health Service consists of a medical adviser (doctor) and a mental health nurse who can offer advice, support and counselling. Find out more about the support your university can offer you.

More ways to look after your mental health

Colouring in’s a great stress reliever

DUSA has teamed up with DJCAD students to produce a stress busting colouring book on Dundee. Keep a look out for the book during the year. Here’s a little taster for you to download and colour.

Visit the ISE Gym

Healthy body, healthy mind

DUSA Societies

Find your passion

NHS Services

Speak to your GP

Mental Health Society

Support from fellow students