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Our Practice boundary area has changed, check the Latest News page for details

















The University Health Centre

The University Health Centre is an independent National Health Service partnership of  general practitioners  who rent premises from the University and offer full G.P. services to patients who live within the practice area, (see map on Find Us page for details) and who choose to register with the practice.

Consulting Arrangements

Due to patient demand and to improve the quality of our service we have altered our consulting arrangements to a more appointments based system. 

To maintain accessibility we have  Open Access* consulting in the morning from 9am to 10am.  These arrangements will be applicable all year round, thus avoiding the previous disparity between academic term/non term times. Open Access is only available to patients already registered with this practice. (*If you attend for Open Access you must be prepared to wait as this is a very busy surgery and patients are seen in turn).  

If you book an appointment and later find you no longer require it, please ring and cancel  (or cancel it via the online appointment service if you have signed up for that) so that it can be made available for another patient.

How to Register with the Practice                                       

Please come in to the 3rd Floor Reception Desk to register. (Monday to Friday 2pm till 4pm) You will be asked to complete two forms and may be seen by a nurse for a short medical assessment.

These forms can be printed for you to complete and bring with you to the surgery.

- New Patient Questionnaire (3 pages)
GP Registration form  (this can be filled out on screen and then you need to print it, sign it and bring it with you to register.                                                                                                      

Please bring with you TWO types of ID. One should be photographic and at least one should show your current EDINBURGH address.  If you are from overseas you will be required to provide additional documentation. Students are required to show their valid matriculation card. Please note that any new patient, whether a student or not, must live within the practice area before they can register with the practice. (You can check the practice boundary area on the Latest News page).



How To See A Doctor:

For general medical consultation the surgery runs both an appointment system and open access surgeries. The consulting hours are listed below and a list of the doctors consulting posted daily on the 3rd floor notice board.  You can make an appointment with a doctor by telephoning 0131 650 2777.

If you prefer you can attend one of the open surgeries. At each attendance you are asked to complete a form indicating which doctor you wish to see. Although one doctor's name will be on your Medical Card, you may consult any of the doctors. However, if you have a continuing problem, it is better to see the same doctor as before.

We now offer our patients the facility to book routine GP appointments online.  If this is something that you are interested in then pop in and speak to a receptionist at the Health Centre and she will print out the details you require to log on to the appointments system.

Practice Nurses

To book an appointment with any of the nurses telephone 0131 650 8241.

Our Health Care Assistant provides a phlebotomy service (takes bloods), BP checks, urine checks and some simple dressings.

Our nurses provide a comprehensive travel clinic, a wart clinic, asthma clinic, contraceptive advice and can issue some repeat contraceptive pills, contraceptive injections and emergency contraception, cervical smears, chlamydia testing, dressings, removal of clips and sutures, ear irrigation, blood and urine tests, therapeutic injections and offer general health advice.

Surgery Times

The Surgery is open 8.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday

Open access* Monday -Friday

*If you attend for Open Access you must be prepared to wait, as this is a very busy surgery and patients are seen in turn.

09:00 - 10:00
All other consultations by appointment. Routine appointments are usually 10 minutes.  Please telephone the surgery or call in to make an appointment


Public Holidays 2015

Friday 25th December

Monday 28th December



Out of hours (that is between 18.00 and 08.00 hours, at weekends, and on public holidays) NHS Lothian is responsible for medical care.  To contact this service please: 
Phone NHS24 on:  111.                                                                                                                      (Please also note details under ECS heading on Confidentiality page)

NHS24 is also available for advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
Tel No: 111, 
Website: www.nhs24.com 

For more information see - Appointment System Information Sheet

Change of Address

It is essential that any change of address be notified to the practice as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in NHS Lothian withdrawing your registration. If you move outwith the practice area, you should register with a local general practitioner. When in doubt about your address being in the practice area please ask at reception. There are various ways to notify us of a change of address, telephone 0131 650 2777, email us at univhealthserv@lothian.scot.nhs.uk, use the pre-printed slip at the back of the patient booklet, call into the 3rd floor reception or write to us at Reception, Richard Verney Health Centre, 6 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL. (Please include your NAME and the names of any others in your household affected by the change of address, your CURRENT ADDRESS, your DATE OF BIRTH, your NEW ADDRESS and the date the change is effective from.)


If you are waiting for a hospital appointment to be sent out it is your responsibility to inform the hospital of your new contact details.  Please phone the hospital and ask for the relevant outpatient department.  Failure to do this will result in your appointment details being sent to your old address. In some cases you will  be removed from the department's waiting list and require to be re-referred by your GP

Training and Education

The practice has been recognised as a training practice for fully qualified doctors who have chosen general practice as their career.  Two of these doctors work with us and are available for consultation.  Video equipment may occasionally be used with a patient's consent.


Facilities for those with Impaired Mobility

There is an entry ramp at the entrance from Bristo Square level and a lift at the foot of the staircase.  In the event of the lift being out of service, an arrangement can be made for a doctor or nurse to see you on the ground floor.  Please telephone 0131-650-2777 or ask another visitor to the Health Centre to alert the receptionists on the 3rd Floor.  A portable hearing loop system is  kept at the 3rd Floor Reception Desk.


If you feel that you will require a foreign language or sign language interpreter to allow you to understand your consultation then please telephone reception a few days in advance of your appointment to discuss this.