If you are not registered with a dental practice or you are experiencing dental pain out of hours you can contact the emergency dental helpline via CAV 24/7 on 0300 10 20 247.
A member of the primary care team will triage you and if you require an appointment you will be booked into the emergency dental clinics at the Dental Hospital or St David’s Hospital.
You will receive advice on pain relief and will be, if appropriate, booked into the most appropriate emergency location for your problem, which may be a Primary Care Dentist, Community Dentist or the University Dental Hospital.
An optometrist is the best option as they have all the equipment and technology. Most opticians have free of charge emergency appointments available every dat You can view a list of opticians here.
Generally a visit to an optometrist is also free if:
You’re aged under 16
You’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
You’re aged 60 or over
You’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
You’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
You’re on certain benefits (Income Support, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Tax Credit, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance)
If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help with the cost of sight tests, glasses and contact lenses through the NHS Low income Scheme.
Please contact CAV 24/7 first on 0300 10 20 247. They will advise whether it is appropriate to attend the Minor Injuries Unit and will give you a specific time to attend.
Minor Injuries Unit, Barry Hospital
Opening Hours – Monday to Friday (08:30 – 15:30)
Colcot Road Barry CF62 8YH
The following injuries can be treated at the Barry Minor Injuries Unit:
cuts and grazes,
sprains and strains,
broken bones of limbs (fractures),
bites and stings (including human bites),
minor head injuries,
eye problems such as scratches or something that is stuck in the eye.
Accident & Emergency
The Emergency Units (A&E) at the University Hospital of Wales, Princess of Wales or Royal Glamorgan Hospitals assess, treat and resuscitate patients who have been injured or are severely ill, by appropriately trained and experienced staff, and refer patients as needed.
NB: For UHW -Please contact CAV 24/7 first on 0300 10 20 247, they will advise whether it is appropriate to attend the Emergency Unit and will give a specific time to attend.
Who should attend?
The service is available 24 hours a day to adults, children and babies. Patients who present with any of the following would be included in their core services:
Trauma, usually within two days of injury.
Pain, unrelieved by simple painkillers.
Sudden or serious deterioration in someone’s condition.
Change in mental status, including alteration of consciousness and acute confusional states.
Patients brought to hospital by the police.
Patients brought to hospital by emergency ambulance.
Patients appropriately referred by any other health care professional.
If you would like more information on when it’s appropriate to attend the Emergency Unit, or for a general guide to emergency care within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, please download our Unscheduled Care leaflet.