Accessing other health services

Find out more about health services not fully covered by the NHS, such as dental care and emergency care.

The National Health Service (NHS) offers incredibly comprehensive healthcare cover, the majority of which is free. There are however, two areas which are not fully covered; dental care and eye care. 

Dental care

Some dental practices in the UK provide NHS treatment but many do not. You should ask your dentist if they accept NHS patients. If you already have a GP then your dentist will contact your GP to confirm your NHS entitlement. If accepted, your dentist will ask you for the NHS number on your medical card.

Even if you are entitled to NHS treatment, you may still need to contribute towards the cost of your dental treatment. If you are not entitled to NHS treatment, or the dentist you choose does not take NHS patients, you will need to meet full cost of your treatment.

The Dental Centre London is a dental practice near UCL that accepts UCL students. It is located at 139 Euston Road.

Visit the NHS website to find your nearest dentist.

Visit the Dental Centre London website for more information regarding UCL students.

Eye care

If you are having serious issues with your eyes, then you should visit your GP who will be able to offer you advice and refer you to the necessary support.


For such routine eye care such as glasses, contact lenses and eye check-ups, you should visit an opticians. There are many high street opticians that provide eye care. You will normally need to pay for an eye test, and if you need glasses or contact lenses, the optician will give you a prescription. The cost of frames and lenses vary greatly. The most popular opticians in the UK is Specsavers but you can also visit the NHS website to find your nearest optician.