Eligibility and Medical Services
The Health Center staff provides medical treatment to all full-time, undergraduate students who have the required admission Medical Report on file. There is no visit fee for eligible students; however, there is a small replacement charge for some supplies and medications. The fee may be paid in cash, using the StagCard, or charged to the student's account.
The Health Center staff consists of medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who provide confidential medical services. Additionally, the Health Center offers a Women's Health Clinic and an Allergy Injection Clinic (PDF) for students to continue their immunotherapy while attending Fairfield University. Medical services include consultation for those students seeking medical information pertaining to healthy habits and lifestyle choices from a holistic perspective. Flu vaccination clinics are held yearly.
Some examples of illnesses managed at the Health Center include, but are not limited to: respiratory infections, sinus infections, conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), ear infections, asthma exacerbations, strep throat/tonsillitis, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted infections, minor injuries and skin conditions. The Health Center has a limited "on-site" lab for diagnostic testing available (i.e., quick strep tests, urinalysis). If indicated, our nurse practitioners and physicians will prescribe medication(s). Some commonly prescribed medications are available (i.e., antibiotics, albuterol inhaler, antibiotic eye drops) and non-prescription over-the-counter medications (i.e., ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cough syrup) at the Health Center and there are several pharmacies that are on the University shuttle route.
The Health Center does not prescribe medications for Attention Deficit Disorder and students should make arrangements with their prescriber at home to assure uninterrupted access to their medication.
If needed, referrals are arranged for diagnostic purposes (e.g., x-ray, lab work) and/or medical specialists (e.g., ophthalmologist, dermatologist, orthopedist).
Occasionally, a student's medical need requires emergency treatment at one of our local hospitals. In this case, transportation to the hospital would be provided by ambulance. In some non-emergent conditions (i.e., small lacerations requiring sutures), transportation may be provided by the Health Center.
The Health Center staff encourages students to apprise parents/guardians of their medical emergency or hospital visit. Only with student permission, will the Health Center staff discuss personal medical information with parents or family members. This permission is granted by the student on a visit-to-visit basis. If a student's condition is very serious (or the student is a minor) the student Health Center staff will call the parents/emergency contacts directly.
Students with complex chronic medical conditions and/or disabilities which need additional attention may contact the Director of the Health Center, Julia Duffy, APRN at ext. 2241 prior to coming to campus to discuss any special medical needs. They should also contact the office of Disability Support Services.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Health Center during hours of operation at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2241 or e-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.