Healthcare is provided by your doctor, the NHS urgent care centre at York District Hospital and various chemists, dentists and opticians in York.

You can access urgent NHS health advice by phoning 111 or visiting

In crisis now

Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.



All students are advised to register with a doctor as soon as possible after arriving in York. The health centre closest to campus is Unity Health.

Unity Health have a page for University of York students that explains how to register, opening times and what services are available.

If you live off campus you may prefer to find a health centre using the NHS search facility.

Appointments - online access

Once you are registered with a doctor, you should be able to use Patient Access to make and cancel appointments, request repeat prescriptions and view your medical records all online.

This often works much better than trying to make an appointment by telephone.

Urgent care centre

York NHS urgent care centre

The urgent care centre does not require registration.


York District Hospital Emergency Department, Wiggington Road.

Opening times

The emergency department is open 24/7.


Serious injuries or illness that require urgent attention or advice.

How it works

The reception staff in the Emergency Department will direct people either to the urgent care centre or the accident and emergency team.   

Sexual health

Sexual health

There is a Yor Sexual Health Clinic at the Centre of Immunology and Infection on Campus West.

The clinic offers walk-in appointments on Wednesdays during term time between 12.30pm and 3.00pm.

Services include:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Depo Provera injection
  • Chlamydia tests and treatments
  • Free condoms

Find out more about the Yor Sexual Health Clinic.

Your doctor also provides contraception, as well as confidential contraceptive advice.

Dentists and opticians

Dentists and opticians in York

Don't make an appointment with the doctor for dental problems - you must see a dentist.

You can find local dentists using NHS choices or by calling NHS England on +44 (0)300 311 22 33. Patients need to be registered with a doctor in order to qualify for NHS dental treatment. Note that dental appointments are not free - see the 'Costs' tab.

Find local opticians using NHS Choices.


Pharmacists in York

The closest pharmacists to campus are Lloyds Pharmacy on Fulford Road, Whitworth Chemists on Melrosegate and Badger Hill Pharmacy on Yarburgh Way.

A map of York pharmacists is available here.


Health costs

Most NHS services are free if you are studying in the UK for at least six months. See health costs for international students.

However, you will have to meet the costs of statutory NHS charges, including prescriptions and dental appointments. See NHS Choices for current prescription charges and dental costs.

To see if you can get help with treatment costs, please contact a Student Welfare Adviser.



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