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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 8:30AM - 4:00PM; Emergencies Only 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Friday 9:30AM - 2:00PM; Emergencies Only 2:00PM - 3:00PM
(closed daily for lunch from 12:30PM-1:30PM)

NO-SHOW Fee Policy for Health Services and Counseling Services
A $20 no-show fee will be assessed for missed 40 minute appointments
and cancelled 40 minute appointments with less than 2 hours' notice.

Take advantage of our Telephone Triage
Any eligible student can call 803/323-2206 during regular office hours,
and one of our Registered Nurses will return your call and discuss your symptoms.
They will be able to offer appropriate medical advice over the phone or
schedule you an appointment to see one of our providers

Health Updates:
Winthrop University has identified one case of mumps in early December, 2016. Possible exposure would have occurred between Dec 8, 2016 and December 14, 2016. The case was quickly identified and isolated. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Winthrop University notified all students/faculty/and staff on December 14th. DHEC Notification

Mumps Information:
Vaccination for mumps is usually done during childhood. Mumps is a contagious viral illness that starts like other viral illnesses. 
  Signs and symptoms of mumps include:
     Low grade Fever
     Headache
     Loss of appetite
     Body aches
     Well Known Sign: Swelling of salivary glands or parotid glands (cheek and
     jaw area) Swelling is usually visible in front of the lower part of the ear.
     The swelling may be unilateral or bilateral and is tender/painful.
 
The period during which an individual is contagious starts before the jaw swelling and lasts for 5 days after the swelling begins. Mumps is spread through saliva and mucous from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by:
     Coughing, sneezing, kissing, or talking
     Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others
     Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by
     others.

  Prevention Tips:
     Cover your cough or sneeze
     Practice good handwashing- Use soap and water or if these are not available,
     use a hand sanitizer.
     Do not share eating utensils or drinks
     Avoid exchanging saliva with others such as kissing, sharing cigarettes, etc.
     Check your immunizations to make sure you are up to date. Individual's born
     during or after 1957 are recommended to have 2 MMRs.

If you become ill and wonder if you have the mumps, call your provider or Health Services. If you are diagnosed with the mumps, please avoid transmission. Staying home from work or school or in a separate room and avoiding contact with others when ill with the mumps and till five days after the swelling of the parotid glands begins is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. Also, everyone needs to practice good handwashing- thorough and frequently! Originally created by University of Northern Iowa Health Clinic we have attached a Frequently asked questions page for additional information and resource links.

The CDC link to information of Mumps: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html If you have these concerns, please contact a nurse in Health Services at 803/323-2206 or your provider. If you think you may have the mumps, please contact Health Services or your local doctor. Let your doctor know your concerns before going in. Due to winter break beginning December 23rd- Jan 2nd, you may email Mary Jo Barreto, FNP-BC, Assistant Director Health and Counseling Services at barretom@winthrop.edu. You may not receive an immediate response but I will be checking email.

ZIKA Update:
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

Commonly Asked Questions:

Affordable Health Care Act - Obtaining Health Insurance

If you are not currently covered by a health insurance policy and you live in South Carolina, you can use this website, HealthCare.gov to

  • Apply for coverage
  • Compare plans
  • Enroll

Wellness Services Updates:

SC Teen Pregnancy

Check out the sites below for additional resources on sexual responsibility and teen pregnancy:

 

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