Non GP services: dentists, pharmacies and opticians


Doctors and Dental care. It may be stating the obvious but doctors are not dentists. Our advice will always be that you need to see a dentist for assessment and treatment.

Routine Dental services. You will need to register with a dentist in order to receive routine dental care. This can be private or NHS. If you want to find out where your nearest NHS dentist is then the NHS website is the best place to look.

Emergency Dental Services. If you are registered with a dentist in Bristol contact them during opening hours. If you are not registered with a dentist in Bristol or your dentist is closed call NHS 111.

Routine Dental Service by undergraduate dental students

If you do not have a dentist but require routine dental treatment, for example fillings, oral hygiene advice, scale and polish, crowns, bridges or dentures, you may be suitable for treatment by our student dentists, therapists or hygienists.
The service is free of charge. Treatment is provided by a dedicated team of staff and students from the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, one of the top dental schools in the U.K. All student treatment is closely supervised by qualified clinical staff. The service operates most days of the week, but you will need to commit to lengthy appointments and be available to attend appointments on most days of the week.
The needs of our students change constantly. You will only be accepted if your dental needs suit the needs of the student teaching programme at that time. You will be required to attend for a brief dental examination to assess your suitability for student treatment. There is no guarantee that you will be accepted. If you are accepted, you will be discharged at the end of a course of treatment and will not receive continuing dental care.

University of Bristol Dental Hospital


Opticians will test your sight and examine the health of your eyes.

Some types of optician are trained to recognise abnormalities and diseases that are revealed in the eye, such as diabetes and glaucoma. After testing your eyes, if needed, most Opticians will also fit and supply spectacles or contact lenses to a prescription.

Local opticians


Pharmacists (chemists) are a great source of health advice and information:

They can help with:

Medicines – dispensing them, telling you how to use them safely, and providing a safe place where you can get rid of old or out of date medicine

Emergancy contraception - emergency hormonal contraception, or ‘the morning after pill’, is available from your local pharmacist (free for under 25's)

Minor ailments – many treatments are available for a range of minor ailments without needing to see your doctor

Colds and flu - the right type of remedies and advice

Hayfever and allergies - the right type of remedies and advice

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence - even about the most personal symptoms - and you don’t need to make an appointment

Local Pharmacies

Pharmacy minor ailment guide (PDF, 94kB)