Health Services launches new Satellite Medical Clinic

THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

As of Mar. 4, Health Services has started to offer a second set of urgent care hours at the Satellite Medical Clinic located across the street near East Academic.

The Campus Pharmacy is a new addition to Brock, allowing students to receive medications prescribed by Health Services. At the start of the 2014/2015 year, a new plan was implemented where students using the Campus Pharmacy can receive 80 to 100 per cent coverage on generic and brand name drugs, compared to 50 to 70 per cent coverage from other unassociated pharmacies.

Brock has been actively trying to improve the overall health and medical coverage of its students and the addition of a secondary urgent care program will help to decrease wait times and will be more efficient overall.

“What this will do for students is provide them with a second medical location to have access to,” said Melodie Shick-Porter, Director of Health Services. “For students that live in the residences across the street, or in the Lofts, the clinic is that much closer and accessible.”

The addition of the Satellite Clinic does not imply expansion for Health Services, but an attempt to provide students with a much more composite and efficient means of addressing their medical concerns. The Satellite Clinic will be in direct coordination with the main Health Services facility at Harrison Hall, sharing all of the same staff, resources, and medical information. Students’ confidential information is protected by Electronic Medical Records, the safe and secure program that allows Health Services employees to access the pertinent documents at both locations, ensuring that each student receives adequate care and treatment.

“I think it’s exciting for Brock students to go where best suits their needs. Both facilities have everything that students require in medical service and we just want to provide for them in every way we can,” said Shick-Porter.

The difference between these two facilities is the shift of urgent care hours, where doctors see students on a first-come-first serve basis. By shifting these urgent care hours to the secondary facility, Health Services can allot more time for students with non-urgent concerns, as well as appointments for physical and mental health-related issues. Students will be able to have the same doctor they’ve had for previous appointments, maintaining the trust and rapport that is important between a doctor their patients.

“What prompted the shift was simply opportunity,” said Shick-Porter. “Brock approached us and wondered if we would be able to set up another facility across the street for students. We saw the need to increase services, such as appointments and urgent care, and it’s nice that we can do that for the community.”

Health Services will still have urgent care hours from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday to Thursday, but the Satellite Clinic will have urgent care from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday.

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