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This page is intended to show you a brief overview of some the health services available to you as a student within Durham.

University Health Centre

Over the summer, the university will send all new students information about registering with a GP in Durham. Most students choose to be automatically registered with the University Health Centre, and your medical card will be ready for you to pick up at college during freshers week. The University Health Centre is a new purpose-built facility situated on Green Lane, the next building down Green Lane from the Magistrates Court (on the same road as the Racecourse sports fields and the rugby club). It provides for the needs of students and staff of the University. The Nurses have particular expertise in the fields of sexual health, immunisation and travel advice, management of asthma, and counselling. The service is really friendly and run through both open surgeries and appointments. Visit their website at or see below for directions.

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University Health Centre
Green Lane
Tel: 0191 386 5081

University Hospital of North Durham

The hospital can be contacted on (0191) 333 2333. Their website, available here, contains lots of useful information, including floor plans and 3D view of the Hospital to help you find your way around on arrival. It is quite far from Grey, taking about 45 minutes to walk, but there are lots of buses and it costs about £5.00 for a taxi.

For up-to-date bus route planning, go to and search for DH1 3LG (Grey) to DH1 5TW (Hospital).

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Emergency Contraception (morning-after pill)

This can be obtained from the University Health Centre for free, after a short consultation with a nurse. It can also be obtained free from Boots in the Market Place (0191 384 2213). Out of hours, there is a comprehensive list of pharmacies which offer this service which is viewable in the pregnancy section. It is a good idea to call NHS Direct (0845 4647) who can give you lots of info and professional advice, especially as the guidelines for taking it/ timescale vary with each person. Emergency contraceptive pills contain the hormone progestogen. They should be started within three days of having unprotected sex. They are more effective the sooner they are taken. However, they are not as effective as using other methods of contraception such as the pill or condoms, and do not protect you against sexually transmitted infections.


The dentists in the immediate Durham area are pretty full and are mostly only taking on private patients. However, there are other practices in the surrounding area and if you need emergency work (if you're in pain or suffering from swelling) then there are special reserved slots. There are also 'urgent access slots' at lots of dentists which you can book if you ring up early in the day (8.45) as these fill up very quickly.

The number for the NHS Direct Dentists (North East) is 0191 218 6940. They can find out which practices are taking on new patients, emergency ones or doing urgent access slot so they're the people to call.

Claypath Medical Practice
Claypath Medical Practice
71 Claypath
Tel: 0191 386 5375

Bridge House Dental Surgery
Bridge House Dental Surgery
Bridge House
Framwellgate Bridge
Tel: 0191 384 7605

Gilesgate Dental Surgery
Gilesgate Dental Surgery
2a Maynards Row
Tel: 0191 384 4433

Burgess and Hyder Dental Group
Burgess amd Hyder Dental Group
2 Durham Road
DL17 8LG
Tel: 01740 651 124