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Health center services cover needs of students

August 14, 2010

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Cathy Thrasher, registered pharmacist, talks on the phone to a customer about a prescription getting filled at the Watkins Health Center pharmacy. The pharmacy just opened an expanded area in the lobby to offer more over-the-counter items to students and the public.

Cathy Thrasher, registered pharmacist, talks on the phone to a customer about a prescription getting filled at the Watkins Health Center pharmacy. The pharmacy just opened an expanded area in the lobby to offer more over-the-counter items to students and the public.

Health Center basics

  • Hours — during the school year
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Appointment Line: 864-9507
  • Nurse Helpline: 864-9583
  • Pharmacy: 864-9512
  • studenthealth.ku.edu

Students looking to get healthier — mentally, physically and nutritionally — have an available resource on campus at the Watkins Health Center.

Students can take advantage of many services for a less expensive cost than in the private sector, said Mai Hester, Watkins marketing coordinator.

For example, there’s no charge for a doctor’s office visit, nor is there a limit on how many visits a student can make.

Each student pays $107.80 in fees to the health center each semester — about a quarter of their overall fees.

The general appointment line for the center, 1200 Schwegler Drive, is 864-9507.

Hester said students shouldn’t come to the clinic for emergencies or for inpatient care. It’s best to call 911 or go to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for those services, Hester said.

Sometimes, a private physician’s services can be combined with services at Watkins, like X-rays or lab tests.

Though the clinic is mostly for students, KU faculty and staff may take advantage of some services, including:

  • Allergy injections
  • Immunizations
  • Lab tests ordered by a physician
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy as ordered by a physician
  • Radiology/X-rays
  • Travel Clinic
  • Wellness Resource Center

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