UHS Resources Available for Students and Employees

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.”

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.