Not feeling so hot? Have questions about your health? Just need someone to talk to? There are lots, and I mean lots, of reasons why you may want to stop by the Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre. But if you’ve never been before, or if it’s been a while, you may be unsure of what to expect. Have no fear, I’ve got you covered. Here’s everything to consider if you’re thinking of paying a visit to the Centre.
Should I wait?
The Centre offers care for urgent and non-urgent issues. However, if you’re experiencing a medical emergency, don’t wait—call Dal Security or 911.
Do I need to go?
In most cases, if you’re considering seeing a health professional, you should. But if you’re stopping by the Centre for a sick note, you may not have to!
The Student Declaration of Absence Form was introduced in some courses in January. It can be used to replace sick notes for absences of three days or fewer that result in missed or late academic requirements. It isn’t available in all courses and you have to check with your instructor or course syllabus to see if this is an option for you.
What services or supports can I access?
The Student Health & Wellness Centre offers inter-professional care. That basically means that almost anything you need in terms of health care is all available in one place. It means access to same-day professional healthcare, including mental health services.
Whether you want to meet with a counsellor, get a prescription filled, or check out that nasty cough you’ve had, it can be done at the Centre. You can see all the services and supports on the website.
Who should I see?
With such a wide variety of services being offered, you can bet that there’s a great and diverse team behind all this work. The staff is compiled of professionals from various health expertise, including:
- registered nurses
- advanced practice nurses
- social workers
- registered psychologists
- health promotion experts
How do I book an appointment?
You can phone 902-494-2171 or just walk in. Walk-ins, same-day appointments, and booked appointments are all offered. Although the Centre can be a busy place (almost 750 people call or visit every day), wait times are typically manageable.
Remember to plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Are you forgetful? No worries! You can ask to receive appointment reminders via text message, phone, or email. How convenient!
What should I bring with me?
You’ll need your provincial health card (or alternate health care coverage information) and your DalCard (or a valid student ID card). Are you an international student? Make sure you’re familiar with what insurance coverage you have while here in Canada ahead of your visit.
So, how much does it cost?
Most medical services offered at the Student Health & Wellness Centre are covered by a provincial plan and/or your DSU Student Health Plan or DSU International Health Plan (this means they’re FREE!). However, there are a few medical services that do require a fee to be paid. Check out the website for a full list of services that aren’t covered by provincial health care or student health plans.
What can I expect when I get there?
First things first: the Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre is located on the second floor of LeMarchant Place (1246 LeMarchant Street).
Once you’ve arrived, take a number and wait for it to be called. When it’s your turn, you’ll talk to one of the helpful and friendly receptionists. This is where you either check in to your pre-booked appointment or ask about walk-in/same day appointments.
If it’s your first time at the Centre, you’ll be asked to fill out some forms regarding confidentiality. Once you’ve done that, you’re set to go! Just hang out in the waiting room until you’re called in for the appointment.
What if I’m in Truro?
While you may be a fair distance from the Student Health & Wellness Centre in Halifax, you’re much closer to the Dairy Building on the AC Campus, where you can find Health Services. It’s available to all students regardless of health insurance coverage (DSU Health and Dental Plans, private insurance, etc.). It offers a wide range of services including: cold & flu assessments, first aid, sexual health support, stress management, blood glucose monitoring, and select immunizations (to name a few). And booking an appointment is easy! You can phone 902-893-6369, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or just drop by!
Catherine is quickly becoming an expert about student health and wellness.