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Health Services

The College Student Health Services provides care for full-time students  during the regular academic year. During the summer, we are open for administrative purposes with limited clinical availability.

Students are seen by appointments. Students with sudden onset of illness or injury should call for an appointment. We will do our best to accommodate  a same day appointment, but understand that it is not always possible.

 To make an appointment, dial ext. 7261 on campus or 410-778-7261 off campus.

Please do not email staff members for a medical appointment, we would rather have you call so we can better understand your needs.

Students will be seen by the Family Nurse Practitioner,Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, or Physician. You must present your college student ID card to receive services. All services are confidential and information cannot be released to administration, faculty, parents, etc., without your permission. Students requiring more extensive evaluation, testing or admission are referred to the local hospital,University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Beginning fall 2019: Students will be billed for a missed appointment fee of $40.00 if they fail to notify us less than 24 hours prior to their appointment with our College Physician or our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This fee will be billed directly to the student’s account.

 

Announcements

From: Lisa Marx, CRNP, Director Health Services

Sporadic cases of meningococcal disease are not unusual on residential campuses. Although anyone can get meningococcal disease, adolescents and college students who live in dormitories are at an increased risk. The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are less infectious than the viruses that cause the flu. To prevent the spread of any respiratory disease, it is always recommended that you practice good hygiene habits: Cover your cough to prevent the spread of infection to others, disinfect hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer (especially before eating), and avoid sharing items like utensils and water bottles that are contaminated with saliva.

There is no recommendation to take antibiotics before attending events or activities atuniversitites with outbreaks. Only people who have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of meningococcal need to be considered for preventive treatment. The infectious period for meningococcal disease is considered to be from 10 days before the person becomes ill to 1 day after he or she starts on antibiotics. This means that people who were in close contact with the sick person during this time are at higher than average risk to get meningococcal disease. Close contact includes activities such as:

  • living in the same household or sleeping in the same dwelling
  • kissing
  • sharing eating utensils or food
  • sharing drinks
  • sharing cigarettes
  • uncovered face-to-face sneezing or coughing

The bacteria are not spread by casual contact activities like being in the same work or schoolroom as the sick person, or handling books or other items that the sick person has touched. Likewise, being around a person who was in contact with the sick person does not put you at risk for catching meningococcal disease. The bacteria cannot live outside the body for very long, so the disease is not as easily transmitted.

Symptoms of Meningococcal Meningitis can include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and mental confusion. These symptoms can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3 to 7 days after exposure. Meningococcal meningitis is very serious and can be fatal, with death occurring in as little as a few hours. In non-fatal cases, permanent disabilities can include hearing loss and brain damage.

Meningococcal Septicemia (aka Meningococcemia)

Another severe outcome of meningococcal infection can be bloodstream infection, either septicemia or bacteremia. The more serious of the two is septicemia. In a victim of meningococcal septicemia, the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria enter the bloodstream and multiply, damaging the walls of the blood vessels and causing bleeding into the skin and organs. Symptoms may include fatigue, vomiting, cold hands and feet, cold chills, severe aches or pain in the muscles, joints, chest or abdomen, rapid breathing, diarrhea and, in the later stages, a dark purple rash.

If you think you or your infant or child has any of these symptoms, call the doctor right away. Meningococcal septicemia is very serious. In fatal cases, deaths can occur in as little as a few hours. In non-fatal cases, permanent disabilities can include amputation of toes, fingers, or limbs or severe scarring as a result of skin grafts.

Please refer to the CDC website for the most up to date information regarding meningitis including who is at risk, causes and symptoms, treatment, and surveillance.

http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/index.html

We encourage all students to get an annual Flu shot. Please ask your primary care provider or pharmacist to vaccinate you early in the Fall.

Walgreen’s and Chester River Pharmacy in Chestertown provide the flu vaccine and in most cases, can bill your insurance company. 

In addition, the local Health Department in Kent County offers many Flu clinics. Check the Kent County Health Department site for upcoming dates at kenthd.org                                            

Take everyday steps to protect your health

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze or use hand sanitizer available in highly trafficked areas of buildings throughout campus.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.

Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, phones, key boards, etc. at least daily.

Maintain a distance of 3-6 feet from others especially if they appear ill or are coughing or sneezing.

Get enough sleep and eat a well-balanced diet. If you are run down you will be more susceptible to illness.

Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of flu.

Signs and Symptoms of the flu

  • Fever of 100 or greater and at least one other symptom listed below
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have these symptoms

Do not go to class, the dining hall or campus events. It is important that you notify Health Services at ext 7261 or 410-778-7261 as soon as possible for further instructions. If Health Services is not open please self isolate in your room and follow the instructions at the following web sites.

www.flu.gov

Students, faculty and staff with flu like illness will be advised to go home if possible to be cared for by family and to minimize the risk of spreading flu to others. Students, faculty, and staff should not return to campus until fever free for a minimum of 48 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Arrangements will be made to assist students who are unable to return home.

Warning Signs and Symptoms for Adults with Flu

If you have any of the following symptoms or you are at high risk for complications contact your health care provider immediately.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blue or discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting/ signs of dehydration such as absence of urination
  • Flu symptoms improve and then return with fever and worse cough

High risk conditions include pregnancy, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or any chronic medical condition that compromises the immune system.

In an emergency please call 911.

Get additional information about seasonal flu from the CDC

Frequently Asked Questions

The Health Center is located between Caroline and Queen Anne Dorms.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Emergency Department at University of Maryland Shore Regional Medical Center at Chestertown is located directly behind Minta Martin and Reid Dormitories.

If you need assistance you can call Public Safety at 410-778-7810 (ext 7810 on campus) or 911.

Check with your RA for minor problems. Your RA keeps a first aid kit on the hall that contains bandages, Tylenol, Advil, cold medications, antibiotic ointment, etc.

Unless it is an urgent care problem appointments are required.

To make an appointment you can stop in or call 410-778-7261 (ext 7261 from a campus phone).

If you call in the morning you can usually get an appointment for the same day.

There may be charges when you visit the Health Center for tests done or medications given.

There is no charge for the visit.

Charges are billed back to your student account and will show up on the following month’s bill.

All women of childbearing age should be asked this question at every health care visit.

Irregular or missed periods can be a sign of underlying conditions that may be serious.

Many medications including over the counter medication should not be given if there is any chance of pregnancy.

Tobacco use and Smoking are dangerous habits and can cause many health problems.

We want to make sure we have the opportunity to educate students about the dangers of tobacco use.

The current trend is for college campuses to become smoke free, tobacco free and e-cigarette free.

Washington College has begun to explore this option. The college offers smoking cessation assistance for students.

All medications have side effects and can interact with other medicines and even foods.

It is important that you know what medications—including over the counter medications, vitamins and even herbal supplements—you are taking, how often you take them, and the dosage.

We want to make sure that what you are taking isn’t causing your symptoms and won’t interact with medicines we prescribe.

The Health Center is staffed with nurse practitioners (NPs) and a registered nurse.

The NPs can handle most problems you may have while on campus. They can do exams, order labs and x-rays and write prescriptions.

We also have a physician assistant who comes in as well.

There is a physician available for more complicated or serious conditions Wednesday mornings.

Your visit to the Health Center is confidential.

We do not release any of your medical information without your permission. If you call your parents about your visit and then your parent calls us we cannot give them any information without your permission.

If you would like us to talk to a parent please give us permission before you leave the Health Center. We are happy to call and speak with them while you are here. If we think it is important to talk with a parent we may ask if you will call them while you are in the Health Center.

We do not give class excuses. The only exceptions to this are if you are going to miss more than three consecutive days of classes or in case of hospitalization.

We do not release any health information to professors or Student Affairs under any circumstances.

The only exception to release of health information without permission is in the event of an emergency or if you are deemed a danger to yourself or others. In these cases family and/or school officials must be notified..

The Health Center can take care of most of the health issues you might have while at college such as:

  • Cold, Flu, and other minor illnesses
    Management of some chronic conditions
    Minor injuries
    Allergy shots
    Women’s contraceptive services including Plan B
    Testing for sexually transmitted infections
    Smoking cessation.

Fees

There is no charge for your visit to the Health or Counseling Center.

We provide some over the counter medicine/supplies free of charge at out Self Help Shelf, for more details click here

However, we currently charge for the following types of items:

  • Prescription and some over-the-counter medications dispensed on site
  • Gatorade
  • Protein bars
  • Vaccines
  • In-house lab tests such as:
    • strep tests
    • urinalysis
  • Procedure charges may include:
    • suturing
    • nebulizer treatments
    • removal of impacted ear wax
    • cryo-freezing of warts or lesions
    • nail trephination
    • fluorescein eye exam
    • removal of foreign bodies
  •  Medical supplies such as:
    • ace wraps
    • splints
    • slings
    • reusable hot/cold pack.

These items and services will be billed to your student account, there is no upfront copay or fees

Students have a choice of receiving a written prescription to take to a local pharmacy or to purchase prescriptions from Health Services for medications that we stock. For a list of our local pharmacies, click here

Students are financially responsible for the cost of any services performed outside of the College Health Center or prescriptions that need to be filled at a local pharmacy.

Please feel free to inquire about the amount of the charge before medications, tests or vaccines are given. These charges cannot be refunded after services are rendered.

We do not bill insurance companies, but are happy to provide you with a receipt if you need it to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.