Health Services List
Bates College recognizes that physical and mental health significantly influences one’s ability to participate fully in the College community. Health Services strives to enhance each student’s well-being by providing comprehensive, confidential health care and by encouraging informed, individual participation in health-related decisions. An emphasis is placed on health promotion during individual consultations and through campus-wide programs. Our Health Services is located at 31 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME, 04240 and can be contacted by calling 207-786-6199.
Confidentiality of the content of any medical visits, counseling sessions, and written medical records is the right of the patient. Health-care professionals are bound to observe this right and to release information only at the request of the patient. However, when a person is critically ill or unconscious, medical personnel, acting in the patient’s interest, may transmit information to the immediate family. In addition, care-givers may need to disregard confidentiality temporarily when a person’s behavior threatens his or her life or that of another person. Otherwise, medical records at Bates College are kept in strictest confidence.
Students who have any chronic condition such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, or emotional issues are urged to contact Health Services upon their arrival at Bates. Please ask your physician to send us a summary of your medical records, including instructions for any medications you receive. Your health can be monitored by Health Services staff or by a local specialist. Every effort will be made to coordinate care with your own physician.
Students with any illness or injury are urged to come promptly to Health Services. Nurses are on when Health Services is open; they treat many common conditions and make referrals as needed. Physician appointments are available on weekdays and a physician is on call at all times.
What constitutes an emergency is a matter of judgment. Time is frequently of the essence, and if there is any doubt, an ambulance should be called for immediate transportation of the student to either of the hospitals in Lewiston. If there is an emergency on campus, dial 6111. Central Maine Medical Center 300 Main Street, telephone 795-0111. Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 45 Golder Street, telephone 777-8100. There are also student EMS services available on campus for emergencies. We believe it is in your interest to notify the staff of the Bates College Health Services if you are treated elsewhere for illness or injury. Claims for reimbursement of emergency-service costs under College insurance plans must be submitted through Health Service. Students preferring to arrange payment through other resources should give this information to hospital personnel.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is located in Health Services building. CAPS provides short term counseling and crisis intervention strategies. We provide a limited number of free sessions for these purposes. CAPS does not provide long term intensive conseling for psychological concerns. If long term counseling is needed, appropriate evaluations and referrals will be made to providers in the community.
A local psychiatrist is available to provide psychiatric evaluation. Appointments are made through the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services.
Sexual health services are provided at Health Services. There is no charge for routine reproductive health exams, however laboratory fees, prescriptions, and the cost of special procedures done off-campus are the responsibility of the student. Services include exams, consultations, STI testing and treatment, and referrals. Students concerned about sexually transmitted diseases may be screened on campus at a minimal fee to cover laboratory costs, however HIV testing is free.
Students with questions about sexuality, safer sex, contraception, pregnancy, and other topics are urged to come to Health Services. Confidential information and counseling is available.
A health-care team of certified athletic trainers, Health Services staff, and an orthopedic consultant provide sports-related medical services to all students. All members of College teams are required to start each academic year with preseason physical examination before coming to campus. The office of the Director of Athletics maintains training rooms for the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Each room is supervised by certified athletic trainers.
Certain laboratory tests are performed at Health Services. X-rays and special procedures must be done at the hospital or at a specialist’s office.