Appointments are strongly encouraged for our services and are required for physical examinations, gynecological examinations and asymptomatic STI screenings. Appointments are usually accommodated within 24-48 hours with some same day appointments available. Scheduled appointments are honored ahead of general walk-in patients. Our providers (Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant) are available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. All students are initially seen and triaged by an RN and are referred, if necessary, to one of our medical providers for further assessment, referrals or prescription needs. A physician is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Call (413) 597 - 2206 to schedule an appointment.
Our health center provides an array of health services much like you would find in a typical outpatient medical office including the assessment and treatment of health problems. In addition, we provide the following Specialty Services for our Students:
- Allergy shots
Allergy injections are administered by appointment Monday through Friday from 3pm to 4:15 pm Students must wait 30 minutes after receiving injections and check out with the nurse prior to leaving the Health Center. We do not administer initial injections or restart lapsed injection series; this must be done by your Allergist. The Health Center does not administer venoms.
GYN exams, contraception counseling and prescriptions are by appointment only We provide emergency contraception (“Morning after pill”) and pregnancy testing
The Health Center nurses are available to draw blood for lab testing Monday- Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students may bring valid orders for lab testing from outside (home) providers to the Health Center or they may be faxed by this provider directly to the Health Center @(413) 597-2982. Lab tests may also be ordered, if appropriate, by a Health Center provider: MD, NP or PA. Student insurance information is submitted to the lab with test specimens. The hospital lab performing the test will bill your health insurance for the tests.
- Medical Clinic
In addition to our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant, a physician is available for consultation Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm, by appointment.
- Orthopedic Clinic
An Orthopedic Specialist (MD) is available for consultation on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm at the Health Center. To be seen, please call the Health Center at 413-597-2206 to schedule an appointment.
- Physical Exams
Physical examinations are available by appointment only with one of our medical providers
- STI Screening
Confidential screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and syphilis are available by appointment. Please call (413) 597-2206 to schedule an appointment or speak with a nurse.
All prescriptions for delivery to the Health Center are filled by Rite Aid Pharmacy. Delivery generally occurs between 1:00 and 3:00 pm Monday-Friday. Prescription pickups do not require an appointment and prescriptions may be picked up any time the Health Center is open. - To have your prescription delivered YOU MUST:
- Phone Rite Aid Pharmacy (413) 458-2138.
- Inform pharmacy staff you are a Williams student and would like your prescription(s) delivered to the Health Center.
- Give them your insurance information.
- Give them your debit or credit card information (for insurance co-pay).
You must call Rite Aid directly and provide them with this required information, otherwise a delivery will not be made. If you don't pick up your prescription at the Health Center within 10 days, it will be returned to Rite Aid and your payment method and insurance will be credited back. This is an insurance regulation. Rite Aid Pharmacy may send you a text message that your prescription is ready for pick up. This does not necessarily mean it has been delivered to the Health Center, only that it has been processed at the pharmacy. Rite Aid generally delivers prescriptions after 1pm on weekdays. Certain classifications of prescriptions must be picked up by the student directly at the Rite Aid Pharmacy.
- Our Providers work closely with Sports Medicine's Athletic Trainers during the pre-season and throughout the year in support of our Student Athletes. Please use this link to access student athlete information
Alcohol And Athletic Performance
Current research indicates that the impact of even moderate alcohol use on athletic performance is much more significant than was originally known. Even moderate use (2–3 drinks) results in:
- A loss of motor coordination for up to 12 to 18 hours after drinking
- Depleted aerobic capacity and negative impact on endurance for up to 48 hours after the last drink has been consumed.
Other effects of alcohol use which last for hours after the blood alcohol concentration has returned to zero include:
- Impaired reaction time
- Impaired balance and eye-hand coordination
- Impaired fine motor and gross motor coordination
- Decrease in strength
- Increased fatigue—fatigue coming on more quickly
- Difficulty in the body regulating its temperature, resulting in an increased risk of heat prostration