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Students turn to near by health clinics for treatment

As a college student, one may be unsure of where to go to receive medical treatments.  Whether one has a sore throat or a need for emergency medical care, proximity is key for a college student.

ORU’s Student Health Services, located under EMR, provides general medical care for minor and acute illnesses.

Student Health is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A full-time registered nurse is always on duty, and a physician or physician’s assistant is available on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students are seen on a first come, first served basis, and there is no fee for physician visits.

Health Services accepts cash, checks or Eagle Bucks for available immunizations, prescription and non-prescription drugs, tuberculosis tests, strep tests, flu shots and other medical tests.

“I went [about] five or six times last year because I got sick a lot… They were all pretty good experiences. It was hard to go during the limited time they offer, but they had all of the prescriptions I needed,” said Bria Edgar, a junior.

Off-campus options are available as well.

One option you may choose is ERgent Care. Located a mere two miles away at 97th and Riverside, ERgent Care is easily accessible when your primary physician is unavailable.

The doctors have emergency room experience and are present every day.

ERgent Care provides fast care at affordable prices with no appointment necessary.

“You should visit ERgent Care for isolated, immediate needs,” said Dr. Sherri Thomas of  St. Francis.

“After I filled out paperwork, I waited maybe 10 to 15 minutes.  They were super nice,” said Takudzwa Samupunga, a senior. “We were joking about everything, [despite the injury].  I got my X-ray taken and my prescription from the doctor, they put me in a boot, and I was on my way.”

Although ERgent Care is great for immediate needs, the way to obtain consistent medial treatment is to choose a primary care doctor at a local clinic.

Premier Family Care, located in the parking lot of Citiplex Towers at the corner of 81st and Lewis, is perfect for students looking for a physician at a convenient distance.  They can take care of your basic needs and refer you to specialists if necessary.

Another local clinic is St. Francis. St. Francis is a hospital, emergency room and clinic all in one location at the corner of 61st and Yale.

The all-inclusive health care options offered by St. Francis allow for a complete continuum of healthcare services.

All clinics vary on what insurance they will accept; however, most clinics in the Tulsa metro area will take the basic HMO’s and PPO’s.  We all have “sick days,” but students don’t have to go untreated.

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