Help in hard times

Health Services is offering a wide range of medical services to students for free.Students can go to Health Services and receive medical help such as immunizations, allergy shots, treatment for athletic injuries, and even treatment for gynecological problems.

“We can handle most anything that any general practitioner office can handle,” said Randy Tompkins, Health Services nurse practitioner.

The care provided by the medical staff is free to students and $20 for faculty and staff per semester. However, each patient will be charged for medications, laboratory work, procedures, and medical supplies.

“All they would have to pay for, generally, is our medications, which is a very minimal charge,” Tompkins said.

Health Services accepts cash, check, credit card or a charge to student account. Insurance is not required by health services, however, it is encouraged.

“I would encourage everybody to have insurance,” says Tompkins. “Because if you do have to go off campus or to the emergency room, it can get rather expensive without insurance.”

Although Health Services cannot manage chronic illnesses, they can aid in managing some chronic illnesses. They also provide general medical and nursing care for acute and minor medical and surgical problems

Health Services can diagnose and treat most athletic injuries. Well-patient physical examinations are also provided for free if class related and $25 if not class related. Other services provided are tuberculin skin testing, ear irrigations and specimen collection (blood, urine, etc.).

Health Services, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Mahler Ave., is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and appointments are not necessary

A complete listing of offered services can be found on their web site at http://www.tntech.edu/healthservices/services.html.