After some students expressed confusion over recent changes at the start of the term, Health Services gave those with questions about the services offered or their general health care a chance to ask them in a public Q&A on Oct. 19.
Nurse practitioner Cathy Taylor was hesitant to compare current health services to what was in place before she came to Knox, but their ability to offer OBGYN care services was again highlighted as a driving factor in the administration’s choice to switch health services from Order of Saint Francis (OSF) to Cottage Hospital
“Pelvic exams, STD, birth control shots, birth control pills … pretty much all that,” Taylor said, listing the services available to students.
“We can also draw labs in the office so they don’t have to go anywhere to have those drawn,” Diana Keenan, registered nurse said.
However, limits to the services offered were acknowledged by the presenters.
“We cannot draw labs if they got an order from another doctor,” Taylor said. “So if they come in with an order from another doctor … they need to take the order to LabCorp or the hospital or Cottage.”
The majority of the Q&A was focused on nurses’ general health tips for the student body, such as encouraging students to get the flu shot.
“Anyone who didn’t get to the flu clinic can still come in when we’re open,” Keenan said.
They emphasized that students should not hesitate to come to Furrow Hall with any of their health concerns and noted their ability to refer students to specialists when necessary.
“This time of year we’re treating a lot of colds, a lot of flus, a lot of sinus infections, allergies, injuries … you can come in for pretty much anything you need to come in for,” Taylor said.
Hosting the Q&A was part of Health Services ongoing attempt to reach out to students and to try to educate them on health issues. Taylor said she saw Health Services as actually being a part of preparing students for life after college, as some students may need guidance in how to monitor their personal health as adults.
“They need to understand some of the basic things they need to do for themselves … We want to prepare you to get out in the world so that you can take care of your health,” Taylor said.