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Optician Services

Optician Services

If you are having problems with your eyes, visiting an optician is the best place to start.

Optometrists are highly trained to recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing your eye problems. They will prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and, if necessary, they will refer you to a GP or a hospital eye clinic for further investigations.

Selection of glasses

If you are having problems with your eyes, visiting you optician is the best place to start. 

Optometrists are highly trained to recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing your eye problems. They will prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and, if necessary, they will refer you to a GP or a hospital eye clinic for further investigations.

You can find your local opticians by visiting NHS Choices.

You’re entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • are under 16
  • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • are 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement

You also qualify for a free NHS sight test if you:

Dental Services

Dental Services

Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental services. There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area.

Woman having a check-up at the dentist

There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area. 

Simply find a dental practice that’s convenient for you, whether it’s near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available. 

Dental practices won’t always have the capacity to take on new NHS patients – you may have to join a waiting list, look for a different dentist who is taking on new NHS patients, or be seen privately. 

You can find the most convenient dentist to you via NHS Choices. 

If you think you need urgent dental care, try contacting your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary.

You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.

Do not contact your GP, as they will not be able to offer urgent or emergency dental care.

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.

  • Emergency dental treatment – £20.60 
    This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
  • Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60
    This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
  • Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30
    This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
  • Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30
    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

For more information about charges you can visit NHS Choices.

Self Referral to Physiotherapy

Self Referral to Physiotherapy

You don’t need a GP appointment to book an appointment with a physiotherapist.

If you have a musculoskeletal problem (pain/discomfort affecting your muscles, ligaments and tendons or bones) and you think you would benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, you can book this direct.

You fill in a form stating what the problem is and this is triaged by the physio department and they will offer you an appointment if appropriate.

Physio on an foot ligament

To self refer to physiotherapy, you can speak to one of our receptionists at the desk.

You will be given a form to complete which asks for  details of the problem you are experiencing. 

The form will then be triaged by the physiotherapy department who will then offer you an appointment if it’s deemed appropriate.