Colby Health Services provides health education, quality health care, and preventative services to Colby students. We are advocates for the life-long health and wellness of our community. Our medical practitioners offer a wide range of services to address medical concerns. You should feel comfortable talking about any issues you have with our staff—they are trained to handle these issues professionally and confidentially. The team includes medical staff, registered nurses, and a medical assistant. If you are sick or injured, an appointment can usually be scheduled within 24 hours. Quality health care depends on providers’ and patients’ knowledge about their rights and areas of accountability. To learn more, please read our Patient Bill of Rights and Patient Accountability.
After-Hours and Emergency Care
Health Services EmergencyFor medical emergencies on campus, call 207-859–5911. After-Hours Care If you require medical care when Colby Health Services is closed, please visit community resources at MaineGeneral Health or Northern Light Health.
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Our highly trained medical staff can provide the following general medical services:
- Injury evaluation and treatment
- Illness evaluation and treatment
- Physical exams
- Obstetric and gynecological exams
- Respiratory condition treatment
- Travel health consultation
- Sexual health consultation
- Sexually Transmitted Infection asymptomatic screening and symptomatic testing
- Referral for diagnostic testing
Lab and DiagnosticThe Garrison-Foster Health Center employs the services of a state-licensed and certified medical laboratory. Our practice offers a broad range of testing services, some of which can be performed in-house. Many of our services come at no cost. Our staff are courteous and professional and will hold your information in the utmost confidence. All of our testing services are confidential, although some tests require further reporting to state and federal agencies. Practitioners can order additional diagnostic tests, which are performed at MaineGeneral Hospital in Waterville. These tests include, but are not limited to:
- Ultrasound/CT scan
- Bone density
Mental Health ServicesCollege life can be exciting and fast-paced. It can also be overwhelming, demanding and stressful. Colleges across the country report an increase in the number of students in distress, and Colby’s community of high-achieving students is not immune to the pressures of 21st-century campus life. Students are coming to health and counseling services with a number of serious issues such as: depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts; learning disabilities; identity issues; sexual assault/ abuse; drug and alcohol abuse; obsessive-compulsive, post-traumatic stress, personality, sleep, and eating disorder issues; as well as relationship problems, social phobias and grief and loss issues. Social, emotional and psychological concerns can negatively affect a student’s academic performance as well as have a negative impact on the entire campus community. By providing mental health services, we can help a student better adjust to college life, which improves the likelihood of meeting their personal, academic, and career goals. Garrison-Foster Health Center providers work collaboratively with Colby Counseling Center staff to provide comprehensive, psychological and psychiatric services for all students. All services are confidential unless the well-being of the student or the community is a concern. The success of Colby’s collaborative community depends on maintaining the health of all of our individual community members and bolstering the connections that ensure we look out for one another and ourselves. Health Services staff include a consulting psychiatrist. Appointments can be made by calling 207-859-4460.
Helpful Mental Health Links
NutritionThe staff at Health Services realize the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Not only will proper nutrition and frequent exercise make your body feel better, but they will also help you perform better in your studies. Eating well can be difficult among the stresses of academic work, sports, activities, and an active social life, but a proper diet will help you to excel in all of these areas. Health Services can help students find a dietician in the local Waterville area for nutrition related care.
Oakland Pharmacy provides medication delivery service to Colby College. Any prescription can be filled through Oakland Pharmacy, including all prescriptions ordered by staff at Health Services. For delivery of monthly maintenance medications previously filled at another pharmacy, contact Oakland Pharmacy. They can have your prescription transferred and delivered to campus for your convenience. Call Oakland Pharmacy at 207-465-4440 for more information, or visit their website.
Self-Care ServicesA variety of free, self-care medications are available in the health center entrance. We also offer free condoms and dental dams in the health center. Before using any of these products, check all product warnings. The Colby Bookstore carries a variety of over-the-counter medications and first-aid supplies.
Medications and Wound Care
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Ibuprofen (Advil)
- Pepto Bismol
- Nasal decongestant
- Cough drops
- Antibiotic ointment
- Band aids
- Dental dams
- Latex-free condoms and dams are available from a nurse by request
Sports MedicineWe offer orthopedic assessment evaluations as well as referrals to our sports medicine department for sports related injuries. Physical Therapy services are available on campus and referrals for this are available through Health Services.
Travel HealthMany students travel abroad while at Colby College. Health Services provides information and immunization recommendations to prepare students for healthy and safe travel. To schedule an appointment, call 207-859-4460. All appointments should be made 4-6 weeks prior to the due date of your paperwork. You should bring any vaccination records that you may have from previous travel to your consultation.
- Healthy and safe travel tips
- Travel consults for country-specific needs
- Prescriptions for travel-related medications
- Immunization reviews
- Referrals to a yellow fever clinic
Contact Information, Hours and AppointmentsHealth Services appointments can be scheduled by phone, 207-859-4460, during office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We can generally accommodate same-day visits for acute illnesses and injuries. Routine travel visits, physical exams, or gynecological appointments will be scheduled 1-2 weeks in advance. Most appointments last 30-60 minutes from check in to check out, so please allow yourself time when you are scheduling. Whenever possible, we try to honor requests for specific providers.
Making an AppointmentSchedule an appointment by phone during the office hours listed above.
Cancelling and Rescheduling AppointmentsCancellations and reschedules can be made by phone or by emailing the Health Center. We request that you notify the clinic 24 hours in advance, when possible. This opens your appointment time to other students.
Referring a Student for an AppointmentWhile we are happy to assist concerned others (parents, faculty/staff, peers) with referring a student to Health Services, we require students to contact us directly to schedule their own appointments.
Online Resource Library
About the LibraryFeel free to browse our Online Resource Library, which is sorted by topic. This information is provided as a means to encourage participation in your health and well-being and is not intended to replace consultation with a licensed professional.
Common IllnessesThe Garrison-Foster Health Center offers a full range of diagnostic services. You may be refered to MaineGeneral Hospital for further testing.
General Well-BeingThe staff at the Garrison-Foster Health Center can consult with you on any of these issues.
MedicationsIf you have questions regarding medication use and abuse please contact the Garrison-Foster Health Center to make an appointment with a counselor or practitioner.
Mental HealthCounseling services are available to all Colby students free of charge. All meetings are confidential.
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- Mental Health America
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Eating Disorders Association
- Mental Help Net
- Mental Health America: Suicide Awareness
- The Jed Foundation Campus Program
- Student Mental Health: A guide to identifying disorders and promoting wellness
- Half of Us: College student mental health resources
- ULifeline: Your online resource for college mental health
- Go Ask Alice: Q & A for physical and emotional health
- National Institute of Mental Health
NutritionExercise and Nutrition for Athletes The dietitian and the Sports Rehabilitation Department can consult with you about healthy eating and exercise.
- Gatorade Sports Science Institute
- Australian Institute of Sport: Nutrition
- Nancy Clark: Sports Nutrition