General Health Services Overview

medical care

Contact the Health & Wellness Centre to book an appointment.  

General Health Services

Several options are available to students with acne. Treatments include medicated ointments/creams/lotions, antibiotics and other oral medications. Students can call and book an appointment at the front desk.

Students are required to book a doctor's appointment after they have seen their specialist and have received their prescribed serum. Students must bring the prescribed serum by their allergist to the appointment. After this appointment, the student can book their allergy shots with the nurse as prescribed by the allergist.

Nurses only administer an injection when a physician is present.

Students are required to remain in the clinic 20-30 minutes after the injection. This is a safety precaution so that help is available if a reaction occurs. Please plan your time to include this wait.

A diagnostic test may be necessary to gather more information about a student’s health, illness, condition, or concern. Diagnostic tests include: blood tests, urine tests, swabs, ultrasounds, CT scans (computed tomography), MRI’s and X-rays.

Some diagnostic tests are done in the Health & Wellness Centre. Other tests are arranged off campus at a hospital or diagnostic clinic. Wait times for test results ranges from 1 to 30 days. Students with abnormal test results are notified by telephone or e-mail to call the Health & Wellness Centre. We do not usually call students with normal results. Students are welcome to call and book an appointment to follow up with the doctor or call and speak to a nurse about their results.

There are times when a student may have an injury or had surgery that requires a dressing change. Students can call and speak to a nurse and book an appointment for any dressing changes or concerns.  Please bring any instructions from the hospital or surgeon with details of the dressing change.

Students that require immediate attention for an injury can call the Health & Wellness Centre and ask to speak to one of the nurses. First aid will be provided and you will be booked for a follow up visit, if needed. If you are unable to get to the Health & Wellness Centre please contact University of Toronto Scarborough Community Police at 416-287-7333.

The Health & Wellness Centre offers free flu shots in the fall by appointment.  The Health & Wellness Centre will advertise on the Intranet and through social media when the flu shot is available. You will need your valid health card and student card to register and you will be required to complete a checklist before your immunization. The nurse will review this with you. It is necessary to wait 20 minutes after the shot as a safety precaution so help is available if you have a reaction. Please plan your time accordingly.

Future Students
With the recent outbreaks and re-emergence of specific diseases in the Toronto area, we would strongly encourage you to review your immunizations with your family doctor before you start your studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough to ensure your health is protected while you pursue your studies.  Please click here for charts of recommended immunizations for post-secondary students as a reference. 

Once you start school with UTSC in September, you are welcome to book an appointment to receive any outstanding vaccinations at the Health & Wellness Centre.  To book an appointment, please call the front desk and have your valid T-Card and health card available to provide this information to the administrative team at the front desk.  

Current Students
Students can call to book an appointment with a doctor to receive an immunization/vaccine. Some vaccines are covered by health insurance and others have a cost. Students are encouraged to discuss their immunization history with the doctor during their appointment. Please have your  immunization records available when you have your appointments.  Students who have been immunized in Toronto and want to check what immunization/vaccines they have received in high school or are seeking general information can call the Immunization Information Hotline at 416-392-1250. For more information about immunization and vaccines please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada

Students will be asked to wait in the office for 20 minutes after receiving any vaccine to ensure help is available if an adverse reaction occurs.

Health Forms for Third Party Requests
Requests from an employer/volunteer placement or other agency also known as a ‘third party’ may require students to receive an immunization/vaccines or Tuberculin skin tests (TB test) and forms to be completed by a doctor or nurse.  Students can call the front desk to book an appointment with a nurse to start the process of form completion.  Follow up appointments will be arranged, as needed.  Please anticipate multiple appointments for forms to be completed. In addition, since these forms are not medically indicated, there are costs involved. These costs will vary based on the requirements of the form.  

Travel Immunizations
If you require immunization for travel we recommend you call a travel clinic.The U of T St. George campus provides a travel clinic for all University of Toronto students.  Please call 416-978-8030 to book an appointment.

The Periodic Health Visit (PHV) is a wellness exam that replaces the usual annual physical examination.  It includes a review of your health history, lifestyle and risk factors, sexual health and immunizations. Students are required to book a 30 minute appointment with a doctor. Please call the front desk to book your appointment. It is helpful to have your immunization records and any other documentation regarding any health history available during your appointment so you can refer to them and discuss them with the doctor. If concerns are identified during the appointment further testing and examinations will be arranged after the appointment or at a later date.  Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of your appointment. Please note you are not required to fast.

Doctors in the Health & Wellness Centre can write prescriptions for medications or therapies offered by other health care providers. Referrals are required for massage and speech language pathology. Please call the Health & Wellness Centre to book an appointment.

Doctors at the Health & Wellness Centre can refer students to specialists, as necessary. Please call one of the nurses if you are unsure about the kind of specialist you need. Otherwise, please book a doctor's appointment.

Headache, nausea, allergy symptoms, menstrual cramps, colds.
If you feel unwell and are not sure if you need to see a doctor you can call the nurse. Nurses can discuss your symptoms and provide you with health information and advice,  or refer you to a doctor/other health care professional for further assessment and investigation when needed.

Warts that are bothersome, painful or rapidly multiplying can be removed. Common warts appear on fingers and hands and plantar warts grow on the feet. Plantar warts and genital warts can usually be removed at no cost in the Health & Wellness Centre. However, a charge will apply to remove warts on other areas of the body. Please call to book an appointment with the doctor.

Students can call to book an appointment with a nurse to learn about healthy eating. During this session, the nurse will review Canada’s Food Guide and explore with you ways to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle. Students are welcome to discuss their personal concerns in the privacy of this confidential appointment.

If you would like information on how to quit smoking please call the Health & Wellness Centre and ask to speak to a nurse. 

The Health & Wellness Centre supports our clients with the following forms:

Certificate of Disability for AccessAbility Services

OSAP Disability Verification Forms

Immunization Forms

Verification of Student Illness or Injury Form (Students should record all absences through the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN. Find the tool under the ACORN Profile and Settings menu. Please contact your Registrar’s Office if you have any questions. More information about Absence Declaration.)

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