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Services and Appointments

Appointments

Georgia Southern Health Services operates by advanced appointments, and all appointments are self-scheduled using the Online Student Health (OSH) Patient Portal.  You can access OSH by clicking the OSH link after logging into your WINGS or mygeorgiasouthern page.  Same day appointments are available on a limited basis. If you present to Health Services without an appointment, you will be evaluated by a nurse to assist with your appointment needs.

You should arrive at the Health Center at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow adequate time for check-in and any updates to your medical record.  If you have health insurance, you must bring your insurance card for each visit. If you arrive late for your appointment, you will be required to re-schedule your appointment. To cancel or re-schedule your appointment, go to the OSH Patient Portal.

Reminder Regarding Your Appointment

In the event of an emergency or unforeseen situation, there is a possibility that your assessment by the triage nurse and/or the medical provider may begin after your scheduled appointment time. We will make every effort to keep you informed of your wait time if this should be the case.  Please allow at least one hour for you visit with us.

Offered Services

Treatment Unit

Health Services provides a Treatment Unit service for student patients with health conditions or injuries requiring immediate treatment and care.

Services include: laceration/wounds requiring stitches, minor burns, sprains and minor fractures, infections, rashes, bites, and dehydration requiring IV therapy.

After-Hour Care Instruction

 For emergency care, the East Georgia Regional Medical Center Emergency Room (directions) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients desiring an evaluation by a medical professional after hours for a non-emergency issue can also use one of the other local after-hours urgent care clinics each of which are  located a short distance from Georgia Southern University. All expenses related to emergency and after hours care are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to carry their health insurance card at all times. If students are dealing with a medical emergency they should contact 911 (9-911 on campus).

When the Health Center is closed, students can speak with a nurse about a medical condition that concerns them by calling 1-855-779-7185.

Allergy Injections and Vaccinations

Many students need regular injections for allergies and other immunization/vaccination. Health Services will provide allergy injections to currently enrolled students.  Georgia Southern faculty and staff may receive allergy injections at Health Services after payment of a semester fee for this particular service.

Allergy Injection and Immunization/Vaccination Office Guidelines

As a patient of the Allergy and Immunization Injection Office, you have the responsibility to be knowledgeable about and to follow the guidelines we have established for that office. Students, faculty, and staff are required to abide by these guidelines and failure to do so will result in termination of allergy injection services provided by Health Services. Please remember, these guidelines are for your protection!

Allergy serum, prescribed by an allergy specialist and provided by the patient, will be kept at Health Services. The patient must bring in the serum. Serum cannot be shipped to Health Services. The student is responsible for re-ordering serum as needed. The nurse will alert the patient when new serum is needed. The patient is responsible for picking up serum at the end of each semester. Health Services will not assume responsibility for serum left during semester breaks or for damages to serum resulting from refrigeration failure. Due to limited storage space, the patient is only allowed to store one set of allergy serum per patient at Health Services at a time.

A physician’s order and written instructions must accompany the serum. No allergy injections will be administered without proper orders and instructions. The nurse will contact the allergy specialist if there are any questions concerning the serum, the orders/instructions, or patient compliance.

All serum vials must be properly labeled with the patient’s legal name, the serum name, strength of the allergy extract, expiration and/or mixed date. (Example: tree/grass 1:1000 exp 1/2009). Improperly labeled serum will not be kept at Health Services and will not be administered to the student.

After every allergy injection, the patient must remain in the allergy clinic waiting area for at least 20 minutes. If the patient receives a venom injection, the patient must remain for at least 30 minutes after the injection. The patient must be examined by the nurse and must sign the Allergy Treatment Record prior to leaving the allergy clinic.

Allergy Hours
Operating Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-11:00am*
1:30pm-4:00pm*
Friday 9:00am-11:00am
1:30pm-4:00pm
Monday,Tuesday,Friday (TB/PPD hours) 8:00am-11:30am
1:30pm-4:30pm

A Health Services physician must be on duty in the building whenever any allergy injection is given. If a physician is not present in the building, allergy injections will not be given. If the physician(s) will be unavailable on a given date, that information will be posted in advance for our patients in the allergy clinic. In addition, unforeseen emergencies may arise requiring the physician or physicians to be out of the building unexpectedly, in which case, the patients injection will be rescheduled. Students must be currently enrolled and have paid a student health fee in order to receive allergy injections at Health Services. It is the patient’s responsibility to pick up any unused or expired serum. The expiration dates on all serum kept at Health Services will be checked periodically and expired serum will be destroyed. This will be documented by the nurse and shared with the patient. Any serum that has only a mixed date will be destroyed one year after the mixed date unless otherwise noted by the allergy specialist. If there is both a mixed date and an expiration date on the vial, the expiration date will be the determining factor for discarding the serum.

For More Information, Please call the Allergy Injection Office at 912-478-7782, or the Appointment Office at 912-478-5484.

Student with Disabilities

Health Services cooperates with the GSU Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) to address special medical needs of disabled students. The SDRC provides assistance for obtaining documentation of disabling conditions and arranges for academic accommodations based on individual needs. The SDRC can be contacted at 912-478-5259. Information is also available on the SDRC’s website.

For more information, visit the Student Disability Resource Center Website

Health Education and Promotion

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Education Office is to encourage and assist Georgia Southern in providing an environment conducive to high level wellness and to provide the students of Georgia Southern University opportunities to learn how they can improve their level of health, reduce health risks, decrease risky behaviors, and maintain positive health behaviors.

Goals
  • Evaluate the resources of the department in order to enhance the quality of the information that is available and disseminated.
  • Increase Peer Educators and Graduate Assistants involvement in direct programming efforts.
  • Increase the visibility of the Health Education and Promotion Office across campus as well as in the community
  • Instruct and communicate alcohol education programming
  • Increase student involvement in the Health Education and Promotion programs

Services

The Health Education and Promotion Department provides a number of services to accommodate the needs of our students. These services include:

Programs and Events

  • National Collegiate Alcohol and Awareness Week
  • Spring Break Safety Awareness Week
  • World AIDS Day
  • Campus-Wide HIV & STD Testing
  • Special Programs upon Request

Peer Education and Counseling

  • HIV Testing & Counseling
  • Resident Hall and Classroom Presentations
  • Information Tables

Health Education Resource Library (available for check-out)

  • Brochures and Pamphlets
  • Sexual Health Education Tools
  • Alcohol Awareness Items (ex. BAC goggles)

Condom Distribution

Programs

Be sure to check out the following programs offered by the Health Education and Promotion Team!

Fall Semester

  • Sex and Chocolate: Heterosexual Edition
  • Women’s Health Week
  • From a Positive View
  • Girl Talk: Conversations Over Tea
  • Campus Wide HIV & STD Testing
  • Don’t Stress It

Spring Semester

  • Sex and Chocolate: Rainbow Edition
  • Spring Break Awareness Week
  • Men’s Health Week
  • Girl Talk: Conversations Over Tea
  • Sexual Assault Awareness

Please visit the Health Education and Promotion office for information on dates, times and locations.

Laboratory Services

Health Services provides an on-site medical laboratory to provide timely, accurate laboratory procedures in support of clinical evaluation and diagnosis. The lab is a moderate complexity CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) approved lab.

The Health Services Medical Laboratory is managed by our medical technologists, please refer to our Meet the Staff page under the Clinical Heading.

Procedures performed by the Health Service
  • Medical Laboratory including Hematology (CBC, Diff, Sed Rate)
  • Chemistry (glucose)
  • Point of Core Testing(Influenza, Mono, Strep)
  • Urinalysis (UA-dipstick, UA-microscopic, Pregnanacy)
  • Microbiology (KOH, Saline)
  • Venipuncture specimen collection

Health Service utilizes Clinical Pathology Laboratories Southeast (CPLSE) as its reference medical laboratory for certain tests that cannot be performed by our Medical Lab.

Some lab tests that could be ordered by Health Services that are sent to Clinical Pathology Laboratories Southeast (CPLSE) may incur an additional fee.  In addition, some labs may require an order to be done at another outside lab facility.

ADD/ADHD Medication Management
Men’s Health

Health Services provides Men’s Health services in our Primary Care Clinic.  Dr. Brian Deloach is available for male patients who prefer a male medical provider.  Dr. DeLoach has significant experience in dealing with male health issues. These confidential services are designed to meet the special needs of men including their sexual and genitourinary health concerns. Call 912-478-5484 or visit On-line Student Health (OSH) for an appointment.

Mental Health

Health Services collaborates with the GSU Counseling and Career Development Center (CCDC) to address mental health needs of students. The well trained and experienced CCDC Staff includes psychiatrist Gary Noble, MD, and a staff of PHD level Counseling Psychologists. The CCDC offers individual assistance for personal difficulties such as anxiety, depression, sexual identity, relationship conflicts, eating disorders, growing up in a dysfunctional family, attention deficit disorder (ADD), as well as group counseling.

The Counseling Center is located next to the Health Center at the corner of Forest Drive and Cedarwood Drive. Call 912-478-5541 for an appointment.

For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s Website

Pharmacy
The Georgia Southern Health Services Pharmacy

Georgia Southern Health Services (GSUHS) operates a low cost, on-site pharmaceutical service which can provide medications to student patients for prescriptions written by GSUHS providers. The majority of the prescription medications offered in the GSUHS Pharmacy are generic and priced at or below the typical pharmacy plan co-pay. For more expensive brand name medications, prescriptions can be filled at a local pharmacy that accepts the student’s pharmacy insurance plan. Prescription assistance arrangements can also be made for students who have no insurance coverage through the GSUHS Patient Support Services Office.

The Pharmacy Service is currently managed by Registered Pharmacist Russell Bozeman. Pharmacist Bozeman and his staff are able to fill and dispense prescriptions written only by GSUHS providers. Hours of operation will be from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5pm, Monday – Friday when Health Services is open.

Pharmacy Billing

For a listing of our current medications with pricing click on the following link: Click here for a list of carried medications.

How will this affect me?

As we do not accept insurance plans other than the United Healthcare Student Resources Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) contracted by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, we have priced a majority of our medications between $5 to $15. This gives us the ability to provide you the same medication at a price that will be at or below the standard co-pay required by your health insurance pharmacy plan. For USG SHIP covered students there is no co-pay for medications dispensed at the Health Services on-site Pharmacy Service. Medications must be paid for at the time they are dispensed. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, or Eagle Express.

While we do not carry all over the counter medications, most antibiotic, decongestant, and medications for colds, infections, congestion, and minor pain are priced very reasonably.

If you wish to fill a prescription in our pharmacy written by an off-campus physician, you must first be seen and evaluated by a Health Services provider — a prescription will then be issued by the Health Services provider to be dispensed at the Pharmacy. No prescriptions can currently be filled or re-filled from outside physicians at our Pharmacy.

Arrangements can typically be made to utilize off-campus pharmacies with delivery services for students who have no means of transportation.

Radiology

Health Services provides on-site Radiology Services utilizing a state of the art digital radiology system.

Same day radiology reports are provided through a partnership with the East Georgia Radiology Group, which is based out of Statesboro, Georgia, in affiliation with East Georgia Regional Medical Center. The X-ray images are sent directly to The East Georgia Radiology Group via the Radiology Information System over a secure network to ensure privacy and convenience for the patient.

Respiratory Therapy

Health Services provides on-site Respiratory Therapy services performed by a well trained, experienced staff. A full range of pulmonary diagnostic tests and breathing treatments are provided.
Services include

  • Aerosol (Nebulizer) treatments
  • Basic Pulmonary Function Test
  • EKG (electrocardiogram) or,ECG
  • Oxygen Administration if needed
  • Peak Flow measurements
  • Rhythm Strip
  • Asthma Education
  • Demonstration of Meter Dose Inhalers
  • Exercise Induced Asthma
  • Oxygen saturation Measurements
  • Pre and Post Bronchodilator Pulmonary Function Test
Travel Medicine

Georgia Southern University Health Services provides consultation and vaccination recommendations for those students preparing for international travel. Call 912-478-5484 or use Eagle Online Student Health for an appointment or more information.

For more information regarding health recommendations regarding travel, please visit the Center for Disease Control Traveler’s Health Site.

Current vaccines for Travel Medicine Clinics:
Vaccination Available
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Meningitis (Menactra)
TDAP- Tetanus Diphtheria/Pertussis
Primary Care

Health Services provides primary care service for student patients with health conditions or injuries requiring same day treatment.

Services include
  • laceration/wounds requiring suturing
  • minor burns
  • sprains
  • minor fractures
  • infections
  • rashes
  • bites
  • dehydration requiring IV therapy
Women’s Health

Health Services has a Women’s Health Office that is staffed by caring and qualified nurse practitioners and nurses. Patients are seen primarily by appointment and are encouraged to make appointments for annual examinations at least two weeks in advance. Call 912-478-5484 for an appointment or more information.

Procedures performed by the Health Service
  • Annual Exams
  • Pap Smears
  • Contraceptive Management (Birth Control)
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing (STI Testing)
  • Other Gynecological concerns
Women’s Health Update: New Pap Smear Recommendations

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently came out with new Pap smear guidelines:

  • Women should have their first screening Pap smear at age 21 unless the women has had a previous abnormal Pap smear.
  • Women in their 20’s should have a Pap smear every two years (assuming prior Pap smears have been normal).
  • Women age 30 and older who have had three consecutive normal Pap smears should have a Pap smear every three years.
  • Women who have had a hysterectomy for non-cancerous reasons do not need a Pap smear unless they have a cervix.
  • These guidelines need to be followed whether you have or have not had the HPV vaccine.

Georgia Southern Health Services response to the new recommendations:

  • We still recommend a yearly physical including a breast exam, pelvic exam*, and STI screening if indicated.
  • If you have ever had an abnormal Pap smear, consult with you Health Services physician or nurse practitioner concerning how often you will need a Pap smear.

*The pelvic exam may or may not include a Pap smear based on your history and the ACOG guidelines. Your physician or nurse practitioner will discuss this with you at the time of your appointment.

Last updated: 5/9/2016