LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2020) — The health and wellness of our students is of the utmost importance to us at the University of Kentucky. All of our health care workers, especially those at University Health Service (UHS), want students to be aware of the resources available to them. Those resources include phone call and telehealth visits.
Fadyia Lowe, health education & wellness manager at UHS, says telehealth is an excellent resource for students.
“Telehealth visits are a fast, easy way to see a health care provider for expert advice,” said Lowe. “This is a great option for preventive health care, general questions about health or to help patients decide if they need to seek care in person.”
UHS is here for you, but because of current circumstances, it has adapted its hours and services available. The following are your options if you are seeking health guidance or care throughout the rest of the semester.
- Do not come directly to UHS if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or trouble breathing, or if you think you have been in contact with someone at risk for COVID-19. Call the phone information nurse at (859) 323-4636 before your visit to ensure proper protective measures are taken to prevent further risk of spread to others.
- Primary care, behavioral health, and health education and wellness will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. UHS telehealth audio and video appointments are now available for students within Kentucky. Instructions for scheduling can be found here. If you are outside of Kentucky, UHS staff and clinicians are able to assist you over the phone at (859) 323-4636.
- Employee health is available Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (859) 323-2778 or schedule online.
- Employee health urgent care is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (859) 323-SICK (7425) to schedule an appointment.
“It’s more important now than ever to protect your immune system – keeping it healthy and strong for one’s own protection, as well as loved ones,” said Lowe. “While COVID-19 is a concern right now, taking care of one’s overall mental, physical and sexual health is still just as important.”
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.