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The Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre offers a suite of walk-in, same day, and booked appointments with members of our interprofessional collaborative healthcare team. Students can make an appointment by calling 902-494-2171. 

NOTE: For booked appointments, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time to register and to ensure you get the full appointment time with your healthcare professional. Students who wish to have walk-in counselling appointments will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Types of appointments

Walk in and see a physician/doctor

The Student Health & Wellness Centre offers walk-in services, same-day appointments, and appointments booked at later dates. If you need or want to see a doctor today, stop by the clinic for a walk-in appointment (wait times vary) or give us a call (902-494-2171) and ask about same-day appointments. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please check in at the main reception desk at the Student Health & Wellness Centre.

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TIP: The first thing the receptionist will ask is if it's an urgent or non-urgent issue. 

Examples of urgent issues

  • Infections that need immediate care
    (e.g. urinary tract infection)
  • Too sick to make a future appointment
  • Need the Morning-After Pill
  • Recent injuries (e.g. cut, sprain, fall) 
  • Immediate mental health issues

Examples of non-urgent issues

  • Routine medical exams
  • Birth control counselling
  • STI and pregnancy testing
  • Vaccination
  • Prescription renewals
  • Specialist referrals

Walk-in counselling

Students who are looking for counselling can stop by the Centre for a walk-in session (wait times vary). The first walk-in session also acts as an intake session. The purpose of this 30-50 minute session is to: 

  • Screen & assess your situation
  • Discuss your options 
  • Suggest strategies for coping with immediate issues
  • Create a wellness plan

Please check in at the main reception desk at the Student Health & Wellness Centre. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Make an appointment with a physician/doctor

The Student Health & Wellness Centre offers walk-in services (see above), same-day appointments, and apointments booked at later dates. If you want to make an appointment, give us a call (902-494-2171) and ask about same-day appointments or book a future appointment time that works with your schedule. 

Please check in at the main reception desk at the Student Health & Wellness Centre when you arrive for your appointment.

To ensure you receive your full appointment time with your healthcare professional, please be sure to check in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

> Location & hours

TIP: The first thing the receptionist will ask is if it's an urgent or non-urgent issue. 

Examples of urgent issues

  • Infections that need immediate care
    (e.g. urinary tract infection)
  • Too sick to make a future appointment
  • Need the Morning-After Pill
  • Recent injuries (e.g. cut, sprain, fall) 
  • Immediate mental health issues

Examples of non-urgent issues

  • Routine medical exams
  • Birth control counselling
  • STI and pregnancy testing
  • Vaccination
  • Prescription renewals
  • Specialist referrals

Make an appointment with our social worker

Our social worker at Student Health & Wellness offers drop-in hours and appointments booked at later dates. If you want to make an appointment, call the Centre (902-494-2171) and ask about same-day appointments or book a future appointment time that works with your schedule. 

For booked appointments, please check in at the main reception desk at the Student Health & Wellness Centre when you arrive.

To ensure you receive your full appointment time with your healthcare professional, please be sure to check in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

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> Drop-in location & hours

Make an appointment with a counsellor

Students who are looking to make an appointment with a counsellor need to attend a walk-in counselling session (intake appointment) first (details above). 

Students with pre-booked appointments may proceed directly to the counselling offices for their appointment.

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I need immediate medical attention (emergency)

Before going to the hospital, assess if your situation is non-urgent, urgent, or an emergency using the examples below. For non-urgent and urgent issues, stop by the Student Health & Wellness Centre. For emergency issues, go to the hospital or call 911 (an ambulance will be dispatched to your home). 

Unsure? Call 811 - a Nova Scotia telecare service, available 24/7, that allows community members, including students, to talk to a registered nurse about their symptoms. 

 

Examples of non-urgent issues

  • Routine medical exams
  • Birth control counselling
  • STI and pregnancy testing
  • Vaccination
  • Prescription renewals
  • Specialist referrals

Examples of urgent issues

  • Infections that need immediate care
    (e.g. urinary tract infection)
  • Too sick to make a future appointment
  • Need the Morning-After Pill
  • Recent injuries (e.g. cut, sprain, fall) 
  • Immediate mental health issues

Examples of emergency issues

  • Severe and/or life threatening injuries (such as uncontrolled bleeding)
  • Severe asthma attack or severe trouble breathing
  • Severe burns or burns over large body area
  • Severe stomach pain lasting more than a few hours (especially in the right lower stomach or accompanied by fever)
  • Diabetic emergencies

 

  • Signs of stroke (slurred speech, weakness in one side of the body, drooping on one side of face, etc.)
  • Signs of heart attack (chest pain – may radiate to arm or chin, nausea, shortness of breath, etc.)
  • Ingested something poisonous or took an overdose of pills or drugs
Did you know?
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A trip to the hospital in an ambulance is expensive: Nova Scotian residents pay $147, non-Nova Scotians pay $733 and non-Canadians pay $1099! It's important only to use it in emergency situations. 

However, if you do need to use an ambulance, your DSU Health & Dental Plan will cover 80% of the fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go to the clinic if I need bandages/gauze for a minor injury?

Yes! Stop by the Student Health & Wellness Centre for a walk-in appointment and a member of our healthcare team will assess and provide supplies for your injury. 

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How do I get a sick note?

If you need a sick note, you can stop by the Student Health & Wellness Centre for a walk-in appointment or call 902-494-2171 and ask for a same-day or later appointment. 

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

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How do I get a prescription refill?

It is recommended that you make an appointment 1-2 weeks prior to your medication running out so that you can be appropriately assessed and a new prescription can be given. Dalhousie's Student Health & Wellness Centre has walk-in, same day, and booked appointments available. Stop by the Centre if: 

  • You need to be prescribed a new medication
  • You already have a prescription and need to get it refilled
  • You have a prescription for another doctor and need to get it refilled 

If you need a refill immediately and cannot make an appointment, the Centre may be able to re-prescribe your prescription for a 2-week supply (there is a $30 fee as this is a non-insured service). 

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How do I get a referral to a specialist? (e.g. psychiatrist)

To get a specialist referral, stop by the Student Health & Wellness Centre for a walk-in appointment or call (902-494-2171) and book a same-day appointment or appointment at a later date. 

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Can I get my blood drawn at the clinic?

Unfortunately, the Student Health & Wellness Centre cannot draw blood. Visit the Capital Health (Nova Scotia Health Authority) website for more information on: 

  • Blood collection quality & patient safety
  • Blood collection outpatient locations & hours
  • Tips for patients visiting blood collection

What type of appointment do I need if I am an international student?

As an international student, you make the same type of appointment that a Canadian student would make. Be sure to check out our tips for your appointment below before stopping by. 

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> Learn more about your DSU Health Plans

How do I receive an immunization?

Our physicians can provide any or all of the immunizations and boosters recommended in Nova Scotia. Not sure? Stop by or call us at 902-494-2171. 

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> Health Canada - Immunization & vaccine information 

   

Tips for your appointment

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure you receive your full appointment time with your healthcare provider
  • Opt in to receive text message reminders
  • Request interpreter services beforehand (for non-English appointments)
  • Bring an identification card (Licence, Passport, DalCard)
  • Bring your health card! (DSU, MSI, other)
  • Know your medical history (do we have your medical records?)
  • Let us know your preferred name & pronouns
  • Let us know if you can't make it (know our cancellation policy