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I need to be seen by a doctor today

Although we recommend making an appointment in advance, there is always a doctor on call for urgent matters during office hours. 

If you feel your situation is non-urgent, but would still like to see a doctor, please call and book an appointment 902-494-2171. Ask if there are any same-day non-urgent appointments available (there are a limited number) or make an appointment for a later date.

If you feel your situation is urgent, call or come to the clinic, and you will be referred to a nurse for triage. The nurse will address your concerns and decide if you need to see a doctor that day or at a later appointment.

Examples of urgent appointments include:

  • have an infection that needs immediate care (e.g. urinary tract infection)
  • are too sick to make a future appointment
  • need the Morning-After Pill
  • have a recent injury (e.g. cut, sprain, fall)
If you have a minor injury and need medical supplies to cover it up, stop by Student Health Services and a nurse will assess you and provide supplies. 

I need to see a doctor - it is an emergency

When should I go to the hospital?


In an emergency situation...

  • call 911, or go to the Emergency Department, Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer Street, 902-473-2043
  • For children, IWK Emergency is on South Street, 902-470-8050
  • Poison Control: 902-470-8161

I am an international student

As an international student, you make the same type of appointment that a Canadian student would make.

If you are unsure where to go for medical assistance, please call or visit Student Health Services first. We can assess your need and redirect you to the Emergency Room, if necessary (see our "when should I go to the hospital?" page for examples of emergency situations). 

NOTE: If you are a dual citizen and hold a Canadian passport, check out our Health Plans & Insurance page for information about plans and coverage. 

I need immediate medical advice and the clinic is closed

For after-hours medical advice in Nova Scotia, you can call 811 to speak with a nurse.

I need to be seen by a doctor in the next few weeks

If you need to make an appointment to see a doctor in the next few weeks, for reasons including:
 
  • a routine medical exam
  • birth control counselling
  • STI and pregnancy testing
  • vaccination
  • discuss mental health
Please call Student Health Services and ask for a non-urgent appointment
 
NOTE: There are a limited number of same-day non-urgent appointments (Monday–Friday). Ask the receptionist if there are any available. 

I need to see a specialist

In Nova Scotia, seeing a specialist requires a referral from your family doctor, and the wait times to see some specialists can be long. Please call and book a non-urgent appointment to be assessed. 

Note: If you have recently returned from abroad and have an illness, please bring this to the attention of the nurse or physician assessing you.

I would like to see the social worker

Students and community patients can book an appointment with our social worker, Hazel Ling, by calling 902-494-2171. 

Hazel also offers drop-in office hours around campus.

I am not feeling well

It's not uncommon to feel a little under the weather. Especially when there's so many students around! 

If you feel your situation is urgent, call or come to the clinic, and you will be referred to a nurse for triage. The nurse will address your concerns and decide if you need to see a doctor that day or at a later appointment.

If you feel your situation is non-urgent, but would still like to see a doctor, please call and book an appointment. Ask if there are any same-day non-urgent appointments available (there are a limited number) or make an appointment for a later date. 

I have a minor injury that needs a bandage or gauze

If you have a minor injury and need medical supplies to cover it up, stop by Student Health Services and a nurse will assess you and provide supplies. 

I need a prescription refill

Make an appointment 1-2 weeks prior to your medication running out so that you can be appropriately assessed and a new prescription given. Please call and ask for a non-urgent appointment

If you need your prescription immediately, you do not need to call for an urgent appointment. Doctors can re-prescribe without an appointment. It is usually a limited 2-week supply, and there is a $30 fee, as this is a non-insured service.

Visit the prescription page for more info. 

 

I need a sick note

If you need a sick note for a professor you can visit the clinic or call 902-494-2171 and ask for the Nurse. If you need a sick note for an employer, please make a regular non-urgent appointment with a physician by calling 902-494-2171. 

Note: There is no charge to Dalhousie or King's students for sick notes. All others will be charged a $20 fee.

Are you a student in the Faculty of Computer Science? If your course(s) begin with CSCI, INFX, HINF, or ECOM ask your professor about the Student Declaration of Absence (available on Brightspace). 

I have a general question about my physical, mental or sexual health

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If you have questions about your physical, mental, or sexual health, you can submit your question online to our Outreach Nurse, Christina via dal.ca/askanurse

Note: This service cannot provide medical diagnoses and is not to be used in urgent or emergency situations.


For general wellness support, or help navigating through the health services available at Dalhousie, make an appointment with our social worker or stop by her drop-in office hours around campus


Booking an appointment 

Once you have decided which type of appointment you need, call us at 902-494-2171 and book an appointment. It's not necessary for you to disclose personal health matters to a receptionist when making an appointment. 

Does Student Health Services have your medical records?
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It's a good idea to transfer, or at least have a copy of, your medical records for your appointments. Learn more about why and how to transfer them.

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Leave your cell phone number with us when you book an appointment and we'll text you a reminder a couple days before. This is a great way to avoid a no-show or cancellation fee!



Arriving for your appointment

Please report to the receptionist upon arrival at the clinic. Bring your up-to-date health insurance card and Dalhousie Student ID card to each visit. Notify the receptionist if you have had a change in your insurance coverage.

Patients are seen in the order they are scheduled. If you have more concerns than can be assessed during a single appointment, you may be asked to return at another time so each issue may receive the required attention.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend your appointment for any reason, please let us know at 902-494-2171. Visit our cancel an appointment page for more information on timing and fees for cancellations.