Student Services

Cathays Surgery welcomes registrations from students.

The practice registers large numbers of students every year and we work closely with Cardiff University to ensure that students are able to see a doctor locally whilst they are studying. We register students living within our practice boundary and the halls below:

  • Cambrian Point
  • Liberty Living
  • Colum Hall
  • Roy Jenkins Hall

See our Practice Boundary

Our practice has included services which are most pertinent to student welfare and our clinicians are very experienced in dealing with student problems such as: 

  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Contraception Services
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Smoking cessation
  • Alcohol advice
  • Healthy Eating advice
  • Counselling, Mental Health and advice services
  • Travel advice and vaccination
  • Immunisations



The receptionists are trained to deal with your registration efficiently and as quickly as possible.

It takes time to retrieve your medical records from your previous practice. In the case of patients requiring on going treatment, an urgent request for records will be submitted.

Click here for more information on our registration process

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Medical Problems

Students who take medication on a regular basis will need to be seen by a doctor in order to continue receiving repeat prescriptions.

Students who have been seeing a specialist in another part of the country may prefer to be followed up at the University Hospital of Wales. If this applies to you, please make an appointment to discuss the matter with one of our GPs.

You may see any doctor of your choice. You are not restricted to seeing the doctor you are registered with. Please bear in mind that some doctors work part time and you may have to wait longer to see them.

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Family Planning

Contraception; Cervical Cytology, Sexual Health

 If you have been prescribed the pill by your previous GP, please make an appointment with our practice nurse before your repeat prescription is due. If you have not had the pill before, you will need to make an appointment with a doctor. 

You can see the nurse for contraceptives, cervical cytology and sexual health problems.

All women over the age of 25 who are sexually active are advised to have a cervical smear. You will be offered a sexual health check at this time.

Other Family Planning Drop-in Clinics

Contraceptive Implants - If you would like to book in for an implant, please call us on 02920 353020. For more information about the implant, visit, NEXPLANON® Official Site, or give us a call and ask to book an appointment with the nurse to discuss contraception options. Upcoming clinic dates in 2022: Jan 25th, Feb 8th, Feb 22nd, March 8th

We have an inter-practice agreement with The City Surgery and Albany Road Surgery; if you are a patient registered to City or Albany and would like to self-refer to the implant clinic here at Cathays Surgery, please complete the following form and send it to us: Self-referral Form

IUDs (Coil) - We have an inter-practice agreement with Roath House Surgery who can insert and remove IUD’s please complete the attached referral form and send to Roath House Surgery and they will then contact you to arrange a date and time that is suitable. Download referral form

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Cardiff University has a number of counsellors for students. We recommend that you see one of these, if possible. If the waiting list at the university is too long for you to wait, please make an appointment with one of our doctors who may refer you to our practice counsellor.

Some useful websites:

Cardiff University Counselling Services
It's Good to Talk

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Travelling Abroad

More students than ever are travelling abroad to exotic places. You may well need specific vaccinations for the countries you are visiting. See our ‘Travel Services advice page.

Giving travel advice is time consuming. There is a questionnaire that you can print off from this website (see below). Complete the form and hand it into reception prior to your appointment with the nurse. This will make life a lot easier for all concerned. Please make sure you arrange to have your required immunisations several months before you plan to travel. Some take time to become effective.

See our Travel Services page for more information.

click here to open and print off the 'Pre-Travel' Form

Travel Appointment Information

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Sick Notes

We do get a lot of requests to provide students with a sick note for missing a lecture, tutorial or exam, or for the late submission of a piece of coursework. We have had discussions with Cardiff University and understand that a sick note is only required when an exam has been missed or a piece of coursework not handed in on time. This is a specific requirement for marks that go towards your final grade.

The sick note does not have to be acquired immediately as there may be no appointments available for you. Please, in the interests of other patients, do not request an emergency appointment for the sole purpose of obtaining a sick note.

Please note we will only consider providing letters for universities or colleges relating to your health, if the request is accompanied by a letter from that college or university making the request. The letter should outline what specific medical information about you is required and for what purpose.

With this letter of request we will also need your written consent to release this information (download Consent Form here)

A minimum fee of £25 will be payable at the time of request. This fee will be higher for more complex / detailed reports and you will be informed if that is likely to be the case.

These notes/ reports can take up to 14 days to be completed.

Student Sick Note Form

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Help & Advice

Alcohol & Drugs fact sheet


 University Support Services

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