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Health Services

Located across the street from the University Community Center (UCC) in the "other round building", your infirmary provides diverse services, many of which are covered under the Health and Activities fee. Staffed by a physician, a pharmacist, three nurse practitioners, one registered nurse, six licensed practical nurses and two patient advocates, the infirmary offers extended hours of service while university residence halls are open. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 until 5:00 on Fridays during fall and spring semester. During the May and summer sessions, we close at 4:00 p.m. Students who need transportation assistance in reaching the infirmary can call University Police at 678-839-6000. Patient information is treated with the strictest confidence. As university students are legally adults, no patient information or records can be discussed or released without the patient's written permission.

Features

-Coordination Of Care
Students under the care of a physician can coordinate medical services with the Infirmary by having the supervising physician write us. Correspondence should include the diagnosis and treatment plan as well as expectations for continued care at the university. In order for our providers to discuss your care with any physician, your signed "consent for the release of information" must be obtained. Patient advocates can facilitate this process.

-General Health Problems
Treatment for colds, allergies, flu, viral infections and other common health concerns is provided. Students who have minor accidents may also be assessed and treated.

-Pharmacy
Provides diverse array of prescriptions and med "“ management counseling. Many prescriptions are available at little or no additional cost. A complete listing of the pharmacy formulary and costs are found at www.westga.edu/health under "Pharmacy." Over the counter medicines such as cold medications, condoms, Advil, Band-aids, antacids, among others are free-of-charge. Prescriptions for physicians outside the university are filled as well as those from Health Services.

-Gynecology Clinic
Offers examinations and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and vaginitis. Pap smears and some STD screenings are offered at a minimal charge. Colposcopy and cryotherapy are available on site if needed due to an abnormal pap smear. Pregnancy tests are available.

Contraceptives are available. Following the exam, the first month of most birth control pills is free. The remaining prescription is offered at cost. Condoms are free, while the morning-after pill is offered at cost. Appointments for gynecological or breast exams may be made by calling 678-839-6452.

-Short Stay Unit
Need some TLC? Our short stay unit is available daily until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays for students who need to be monitored while receiving medications or intravenous (IV) fluids. Patients requiring overnight observation are sent to Tanner Medical Center. Please note that services provided by Tanner Medical Center are not covered under the student health fee.

-WEB SITE www.westga.edu/health
Have questions? We have answers. Visit our website at www.westga.edu/health to get answers to many questions, including general health, wellness, depression, eating disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraceptives. To verify the immunization information received by UWG, check our website using your student ID at "Check Your Immunization Status."

-Health Education
Want to learn more? Our Health Educator, the "Peer Educators" and the men's "One in Four" (Men Taking a Stand against Sexual Assault) group offer seminars and programs on many health issues throughout the year. Watch for flyers, public service announcements, or log onto our website at www.westga.edu/health. Groups may request seminars on specific topics by contacting Ron King at 678-839-4164 (rking@westga.edu).

 

Services 

-Asthma Treatment
Patients are evaluated with spirometry before and after asthma treatment. Some asthma medications are available in our pharmacy. Nebulizer treatments and oxygen are available for in-house use.

-Attention Deficit Disorder
Health Services and the Counseling and Career Development Center work together to serve students through assessment, counseling, and medicine management. Some prescription medications are available through our pharmacy at cost.

-Psychological Services
Student life can be stressful! Patients can be assessed and treated for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and other conditions that can impair life and learning! Staff members can also link students to campus or community counseling resources.

-Contraceptives (see section on gynecology also)
Condoms are free of charge. A wide array of birth control pills as well as diaphragm rings, injections, and patches are available. The provider counsels with the patient to select a contraceptive.

The morning after pill is available for a price at the pharmacy.

-Rape Intervention
Unfortunately, one in four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Health Services has three certified SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) to provide rape examinations. A victim's advocate is available to provide support and to connect victims with any needed campus and community resources. Victims of assault should call University Police at 678-839-6000 or Rape Crisis at 770-834-7273 twenty-four hours a day or Health Services at 678-839-6452 during regular business hours. Students are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention following an assault; however, victims are not forced to file a law enforcement report -- even if University Police is involved.

 

Available Testing

- Pregnancy
- AIDS
- Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Urinalysis
- Mono
- Hemoglobin (for anemia)
- Strep swab
- Accu-check (for glucose)
- Flu swab
- Hearing test
- Pulmonary function
- Burn treatment
- Pulse oximetry
- EKGs
- Cultures
- Biopsies (tissue analysis)

 

Procedures

- Nebulizer treatments
- Vaccinations
- Freezing (or Cryo) of warts on hands, feet, genitals
- Sutures
- Mole Removal
- Allergy injections
- Prednisone and Antibiotic Injections
- Oxygen
- Intravenous Fluids & Medicines

Referrals to the Hospital and Student Insurance

Students may be referred by the Health Services staff to the emergency room at Tanner Medical Center, the local hospital. In such cases, the hospital will consider the student responsible financially. Students are responsible for all medical expenses related to treatment off campus, including ambulance transportation.

Students should remember that, if they are covered by personal or parent's insurance, it is essential that an insurance policy number be in their possession.

The university does not provide insurance to students. However, the University system of Georgia has contracted with a company which will sell insurance to students. Information can be found at http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/students/services_for_students.

International students are required to have health insurance. For information the student should contact the International Student Advisor in International Services and Programs (678-839-4780).