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Summer!!!!

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Now that summer has come, many students are not taking classes but they would still like to utilize Student Health Service (SHS). Not in summer school? You may be eligible to still receive care at our offices.

Did you just graduate? Congratulations! SHS cannot continue to provide your healthcare, but we can 1) help you transfer your records to the office of your choice, 2) provide you with a list of local offices if you need help establishing care outside, or 3) we do have a 2 week grace period following graduation if you need to come in for a follow up of an existing problem (i.e. to get a medication refilled, or to finish up treatment for a particular problem or concern). Please note, there is a $30 visit fee to be seen during the 2 week period.

If you did not graduate, but are just not taking classes in summer school, you may still be eligible for care at SHS. In order to qualify for services in the summer when you are not taking classes,

  • you must have been enrolled this past spring AND
  • you must be registered for fall classes

If you meet those criteria, you can be seen at SHS for a special summer fee. The summer fee for SHS is necessary because you are not taking classes for the summer or paying any tuition, so you are not paying the usual health fee.

There are 2 options for paying the summer fee for care at SHS:

Per visit fee $30.00
OR
Need multiple visits? Pay $60.00 for unlimited visits per summer session.

First summer session fees at SHS are charged May 14-June 19.
Second summer session fees at SHS are charged June 20-July 27.

Once summer classes end, care at SHS is $30 per visit from July 30-August 10.

Questions?  Call SHS at (252) 328-6841.

Have a healthy summer!

 

May Intersession Hours and Fees

Now that spring semester is coming to a close, Student Health Service has a change in operating hours for the May Intersession period, May 7-May 11 for both SHS locations (Main Campus and Health Sciences Campus {HSC}).

  • Sat/Sun May 5-6: SHS is CLOSED. There are NO weekend hours in the   summer.
  • Monday, May 7: Both SHS are also closed for a staff development event.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday May 8-10*: both SHS locations are open from 1:30pm-5pm.
  • Friday May 11*: HSC SHS is open 7:30am-11:30am; Main Campus SHS is open 7:30am-5pm (Pharmacy open 7:30am-11:30am).

*A visit fee is required during this period to be seen as a patient at SHS. The fee is $30 per visit, in addition to any other charges you may incur during your appointment (lab, pharmacy, xray, etc). The reason there is a visit fee is because during intersession, no student fees are supporting campus services. We are open as a courtesy and convenience to students even when there are no classes, but your tuition and fees do not cover this period of service.

If you need care when SHS is not open, do not forget about our free 24 hour nurse line. Just call our main number below and wait on the line. This service is available to all ECU students.

For more information about our intersession hours or the visit fee for service, call us at (252) 328-6841.

I spy with my little crusty eye…………..

clipart image of eye

 

Often students come in to be evaluated for “pink eye”…but what does it mean if you have redness, irritation, and/or crusty eye(s)?

And what do you need to do??????

 

 

Why is my eye red?

  • Although there is more than one cause of a red eye, the most common cause is conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a common eye condition that affects both children and adults.  It is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva which makes the blood vessels visible giving the eye a red/pink appearance.

I woke up and my eye was crusted shut.  I need an antibiotic right?

  • Actually, most cases of conjunctivitis are caused by a virus. The most common virus to cause conjunctivitis is the adenovirus which also causes the common cold. Antibiotics will only treat conjunctivitis if it is caused by bacteria.  It is more likely to be bacterial if you only have symptoms in one eye and you have thick yellow, white or green eye discharge that recurs throughout the day.  Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies and irritants.

Do I need to see a healthcare provider?

  • You should seek care if you wear contacts, have moderate to severe pain, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, intense redness, weakened immune system, symptoms that do not improve, symptoms that worsen, or if you have a pre-existing eye condition. You can make an appointment at Student Health Services online, by phone, or in person to have your eye evaluated.

Are there any treatments I can try at home?

  • If you do not have the symptoms listed above, there are a few things you can try to relieve your symptoms including over the counter (OTC) antihistamine/decongestant eye drops, OTC eye lubricant drops and warm or cold compresses. The OTC eye drops can be picked up without a prescription at any pharmacy including the pharmacy at Student Health.  You should also avoid wearing contacts until your symptoms have resolved.

Can I still go to class?

  • Absolutely! Even though it is very contagious if it is caused by a virus or bacteria, you can prevent spreading it your peers with good hand hygiene. It is spread by direct contact, contact with secretions, or contact with contaminated objects/surfaces. Avoid touching and rubbing your eyes. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid sharing makeup and eyeglasses.

 

References: CDC, UpToDate

 

Winter Break/Intersession Hours of Operation

 decorative image of snow covered clock on ECU campus

Student Health hours of operation at both locations will vary around the upcoming winter holiday break.

**Please note: student fees do not cover services during University intersession and holiday breaks. SHS visits may be subject to a $30.00 fee from December 18-January 3, 2018.**

Main Campus SHS:

Thursday, December 14
CLOSED 11:30am-1:30pm

Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17:
CLOSED

Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22:
Open 1:30pm-5:00pm only

Saturday, December 23 – Monday, January 1, 2018:
CLOSED

Tuesday, January 2:
open 8:00am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Wednesday January 3:
open 9:00am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Thursday, January 4:
CLOSED

Friday, January 5:
open 8:00am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Health Sciences Campus SHS:

Thursday, December 14
CLOSED

Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22:
open 1:30pm-5:00pm all week

Monday, December 25 – Monday, January 1, 2018:
CLOSED

Tuesday, January 2:
open 1:30pm-5:00pm

Wednesday, January 3:
open 2:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, January 4:
CLOSED

Friday, January 5:
open 1:30pm-5:00pm

Please see our Hours of Operation for full details.

Don’t forget:  anytime SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find other options on our After Hours Care page, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu

Have a wonderful holiday break, Pirates!!!

Turkey Week Hours

Gobble, gobble!

Due to the holiday week, SHS will have a change in our normal operating hours.

Monday/Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21:  normal hours at main campus SHS and at Health Sciences SHS.

Wednesday, Nov. 22:  Main campus will be open 9:00am-11:45am and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 11:45am-1:30pm for lunch); HS SHS will be open 1:30pm-5:00pm.

Thursday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Nov. 26:  both locations are CLOSED.  Enjoy the holiday break!

Don’t forget:  any time SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call (252) 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find self care information for treating your problem on our webpage, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu

Happy Thanksgiving Pirates!!!

Flu Shot Information

image of peedee the pirate with a "flu stops with me" sticker on

Student Health Services (SHS) is now scheduling appointments for flu shots in September/October for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Due to early deadlines for health sciences students, our appointments in September will primarily be offered through our SHS at the Health Sciences Student Center. Appointments for our Main Campus SHS are available for late September/early October.

Flu shots are available for ECU students, staff, and faculty. SHS offers the quadrivalent vaccine, which covers 4 strains (types) of influenza likely to circulate in the United States.

Those filing the Student Health Insurance Plan (StudentBlue), BlueCross BlueShield, and MedCost can receive the flu shot at no cost; all others will be charged $38.

To schedule a flu shot appointment for September/October, call us at (252) 328-6841 during normal business hours; appointment availability for November/December will be announced later in the fall.

SHS Care During August Intersession

Reminder about summer fees/receiving care in August

Just a reminder…..now that classes are over, student fees are no longer covering services at SHS.  Any visit to SHS will have a $30 per charge from July 31-August 14.

To be eligible to make an appointment for medical care during intersession, you must have been registered this past spring or summer, AND be registered for the fall semester.  New, incoming Pirates are not eligible to receive care at SHS until move in (beginning Aug. 15th).

Questions?  Call SHS at (252) 328-6841.

Have a healthy rest of summer and see you soon for move in! For our hours of operation in August, visit our SHS Hours page.

Student Health Services at the Health Sciences Student Center!

We are excited to announce that our opening date for the new Student Health Services (SHS) at the Health Sciences Student Center IS NOW OPEN!!!

Our staff are excited to be able to get to know students on the Health Science Campus better and be available for medical services that are convenient to class, study space, and recreation opportunities. The new Health Sciences Student Center is a beautiful addition to the university.

Hours of operation for summer:

Monday/Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8am-noon

Hours of operation for fall:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1pm-5pm
Tuesday/Thursday 8am-1pm

 

Location:

2nd floor, Health Sciences Student Center

Things to know:

  • SHS will have various services to offer at the Health Science location, such as Primary Care (illnesses, injuries, physicals, annual wellness exams, wound care, gynecological visits, birth control services, medication refills) and Nursing Services (immunizations, titers, drug screens, TB skin tests, asymptomatic STI screenings, dressing changes, suture removals).
  • Appointments can easily be made by calling 252-328-6841 or in person. We hope to have online scheduling available soon.
  • Students are encouraged to make an appointment at our main campus clinic for: radiology, colposcopy, allergy injections, sexual assault exams, nutrition appointments, travel immunizations. (Due to space issues, we are unable to offer these services at our Health sciences location). Unsure if we can accommodate your need at the Health Sciences location? Just ask when you call to schedule your appointment.
  • Students who receive prescriptions at their visit can have them sent electronically to their pharmacy of choice. Of course, prescriptions can be sent to our main campus pharmacy if you would like your medications filled by SHS.
  • Students can receive care at either SHS location, regardless of academic program or area of study. SHS does not provide service for alumni, dependents, staff or faculty.
  • Any charges that are due will be charged to the University Cashier, as no money and credit cards will be accepted at the Health Sciences location. We will continue to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Student Blue (the Student Health Insurance Plan) and MedCost plans as we do at our main campus location.
  • All of our appointment and eligibility policies at main campus Student Health will apply to our location at Health Sciences. These policies include but are not limited to: ECU 1Card required for service, a fee for missed appointments, students arriving 10 minutes or more late will be asked to reschedule, etc. For a list of FAQs about our services, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/studenthealth/about_us/questions.cfm

Do you have specific questions about our new location? Email us at gotquestions@ecu.edu

To schedule an appointment, call us at (252) 328-6841.

ECU Student Health Services

 

May Intersession Hours and Fees

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Now that spring semester is coming to a close, Student Health Service has a change in operating hours for the May Intersession period, May 6-14.

Sat/Sun May 6-7: SHS is CLOSED.

Our office is also closed Monday, May 8, for a staff development event and Wednesday, May 10, for a divisional event.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (May 9, 11, and 12)* Student Health is open for general administrative business (dropping off forms, requesting medical records, general information) from 7:30am-12noon & 1pm-5pm. Patient care hours (for appointments, dressing changes, pharmacy services, etc) are 1:30pm-4pm daily on Tuesday and Thursday, and 7:30am-11:30am on Friday. Please also note: the Student Health Center building is CLOSED from 12pm-1pm for the lunch hour daily.

Sat/Sun May 13-14: SHS is CLOSED (there are no weekend hours in the summer)

*A visit fee is required during this period to be seen as a patient at SHS. The fee is $30 per visit, in addition to any other charges you may incur during your appointment (lab, pharmacy, xray, etc). The reason there is a visit fee is because during intersession, no student fees are supporting campus services. We are open as a courtesy and convenience to students even when there are no classes, but your tuition and fees do not cover this period of service.

If you need care when SHS is not open, do not forget about our free 24 hour nurse line. Just call our main number below and wait on the line. This service is available to all ECU students.

For more information about our intersession hours or the visit fee for service, call us at (252) 328-6841.

STI/STD Awareness Month!

STI/STD Awareness Month

Know your status, Pirates!

April is STI/STD Awareness Month! This is a time to increase awareness and encourage testing for sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs or STDs) including HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that of sexually active people in the US, 1 in 2 will get an STI by the time they’re 25. That could be you or the person sitting next to you in class. There are about 20 million new STIs diagnosed each year, half are among young people ages 15-24. While getting an STI is more common than you probably thought, people are still incredibly uncomfortable talking about it. Let’s change that now!

This STI Awareness Month (and all year long), take control of your sexual health. Start having open and honest conversations with your partner(s) and healthcare provider about sexual health and STIs. Here are some conversation starters that might help you when talking to your partner(s):

Talk before you have sex.

  • “Getting tested before we have sex will help protect both of us.”
  • “Many people who have an STI don’t know it. Why take a chance when we can know for sure?”

There are other things you may want to talk to your partner about, such as:

  • Sexual history – the number of partners you’ve had and what kind of protection you used
  • Risk factors – like whether you’ve had sex without a condom or used drugs with needles

Share the facts.

  • “STIs that are found and treated early are less likely to cause long-term problems.”
  • “Getting tested is easy. Doctors can test urine (pee) for chlamydia and gonorrhea, some of the most common STIs. And some HIV tests can give results in 20 minutes. You may not even have to give blood.”
  • “If you don’t feel comfortable talking about STIs with your regular doctor, you can get tested at a clinic instead.”

Show that you care.

  • “I really care about you. I want to make sure we are both healthy.”
  • “I’ve been tested for STIs, including HIV. Are you willing to do the same?”
  • “Let’s get tested together.”

Agree to stay safe.

  • “If we’re going to have sex, using condoms is the best way to protect us from STIs. Let’s use condoms every time we have sex.”
  • “We can enjoy sex more if we know it’s safe.”

Being a student is challenging on its own, we understand you are in the process of carving your own path in life. STIs don’t define you or what you can do in life. Sometimes you can feel alone with an STI diagnosis. You don’t have to be alone – speak to someone you trust, a friend, parent or healthcare provider and talk about it.

The only way to know your status is to get tested. At Student Health, you have two options for getting tested:

  • If you are symptom-free, you can schedule a visit with the Fast Track nurse to test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and/or syphilis. Make sure not to urinate within 1 hour of your appointment time (if you want oral screening for chlamydia/gonorrhea, do not eat/drink/chew for 1 hour prior to your appointment).
  • If you have symptoms and need testing for possible warts or herpes, make a clinic appointment with one of our providers. They can also treat any other symptoms you may have like penile drip or discharge; sores, bumps or blisters around your genital or anal area; burning with urination; swollen or tender testicles; throat pain; rectal bleeding, discharge, itching, or bumps.

Remember, STIs are very common but most young people don’t know they are infected. If you do have an STI, work with your healthcare provider to get the proper treatment. It’s important to always wear a condom or use a dental dam to avoid getting an STI or infecting your partner(s).

Have a general question about STIs? E-mail us at gotquestions@ecu.edu.

Sources:

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA): Yes Means Test. www.yesmeanstest.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): STD Awareness Month – Archive

https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/archive.htm

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