The Student Health Center remains open during this time. Services are currently by appointment only. Student must first call for a phone screening and then will be scheduled with one of our providers. Many of our services are now available through telehealth. Even if you are currently living out of state, you may be eligible for telehealth visits - call 314-977-2323 to find out!
It's a basic truth: When you feel well physically and mentally, you function well. Unfortunately, things don't always go as smoothly as you would like. Little things (and sometimes big ones) can get in the way of taking care of yourself and doing well. This makes it difficult to do and feel your best. Whether it is a sore throat or feeling stressed and worn down, the Student Health Center is here to help you. Our trained professionals are committed to providing quality care to Saint Louis University Students.
Contact the Student Health Center for more information about our services or to make an appointment.
In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, you should call 911 immediately and arrange for ambulance transportation to the nearest hospital.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see SLU's Health Advisory Update with more detailed information, including messages and FAQs. We will continue to review the situation and inform students of any additional recommendations.
Here is a list of some trusted resources to find more information as this evolves:
- The WHO website has up to date information including guidance for travelers, precautions, global efforts, and regular situation reports.
- The CDC website has up-to-date information including guidance for travelers, the response and risk assessment in the U.S., and frequently asked questions.
- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also has detailed information available.
Please call the Student Health Center at 314-977-2323 if you have any questions, concerns, or if you are experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or loss of smell/ taste. After hours calls can always be transferred to our on-call nurse.
Students are advised to take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based (60% or greater) hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and practice social distancing when in contact with others.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper arm or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else, and throw tissues in the garbage immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Monitor your health and contact us or your local health care provider if you experience a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or loss of smell/ taste.
There are also things you can do to stay healthy and support your immune system:
- Prioritize sleep - it's often the first thing to go when life gets busy, but allowing your body adequate sleep each night contributes to your overall health and can help fight infections.
- Eat enough of a wide variety of foods - our ability to fight infections involves more nutrients than just vitamin C so it's important to consume an adequate amount of all food groups including starchy carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fruits, vegetables, and fluids.
- Managing stress reduces the suppression of our immune system brought on by our stress hormone, Cortisol. Positive coping strategies include but are not limited to maintaining emotionally supportive relationships, self-compassion, meditation, and disengaging from self-sabotaging behaviors such as procrastination, poor hygiene, self-medication with drugs and alcohol, food restriction, binge eating, excessive exercise, and self-injury.
- Movement and physical activity, such as light walking, housekeeping, and intentional exercise such as running, improves the circulation of white blood cells, prevents the growth and spread of infections by temporarily increasing body temperature, and improves mood by releasing stress-reducing endorphins.
Student Health Center Hours
We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays. We remain open with limited services and clinic schedules during spring, fall and summer breaks.
All services are by appointment only, even nurse visits for immunizations, allergy injections, fit tests, and drug screens. This allows us to ensure proper screening and protocols related to COVID-19.
We have a nurse advice line after hours and on weekends. You may call our same number, 314-977-2323, and ask to speak with one of our nurses. They can give advice or direct you to a local urgent care for non-emergency care. We most commonly refer to Total Access - Tower Grove location. They are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends and holidays.
There is also a counselor from the University Counseling Center on call after hours and on weekends. To reach them you may call our same number or 314-977-8255 (TALK), and ask to speak to a counselor instead of a nurse.
How to Make an Appointment
Visits with our physicians are made by appointment. However, we often have cancellations and can get students in quickly. Students can always speak with a nurse during clinics to determine the best course of action.
Please call 314-977-2323 to schedule your appointment.
If you have an appointment you cannot make, please let us know. Even if it is an hour before, it may help us to get someone else in. No show fees ($15) will be charged for missed appointments if no communication is received ahead of time.
To save time at registration, or for students who are minors and will need parents or guardians to sign forms for them to be seen, you can fill out our new patient paperwork ahead of your scheduled appointment.
Location and Parking
The Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of Marchetti Tower East, just south of the Busch Student Center. Our physical address is 3518 Laclede Ave, though the building address (advertised on the blue awning as you walk in) is 3520 Laclede; we are the suite directly to the left when coming from the Laclede entrance.
There are a few parking spaces reserved in the lot in front of Marchetti Towers for both Student Health and Physical Therapy. If you park in one of these spots, please bring your vehicle information, including license plate, to the front desk staff when you check in. If those spots are full, the nearest parking garage is the Laclede lot, half a block west of Grand Boulevard on Laclede Avenue.
The SLU Student Health Center offers a wide range of services covering the basic cold to specialized care of preexisting medical conditions. We're here for you, whether it's a quick flu shot to keep you healthy, advice on vaccines before spending a semester abroad, or ongoing physical therapy to help you recover from an injury.
Most services are billable to insurance, however, payment is owed at the time of service for drug screens, fit tests, or pre-packaged pharmaceuticals. Drug screens are $45 and respiratory fit tests are $15.