Five Ways To Prepare For Your First Appointment

If you’re a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, the chances are good that you will get sick or injure yourself at least once during your academic career. If that happens, Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center can help. We are your doctor away from home!

Before your first visit, here are a few important things you’ll need to know about how to access care at UHC:

  1. Making an appointment is easy. Call 402.472.5000 to schedule over the phone or stop by UHC if you’re in the area. You can even schedule some return visits with our One Chart | Patient phone app. If you are too sick to wait for an appointment, walk in services are available, but we recommend making an appointment to avoid a wait.
  2. Bring your NUID and an insurance card with you to your appointment. A copy or picture of mom or dad’s will do just fine. If you are able, download the Medical History Form from the UHC website, print it off, fill it out and bring it with you. Remember, if you are 18 or younger, we will need parental consent or this Power of Attorney form on file for you in order to be seen. Click here for FAQs about this form.
  3. Arrive 20 minutes before your appointment. That way you can complete the check-in process in a timely manner so that your appointment isn’t delayed. When you walk in, a staff member will be there to greet you and answer your questions. Don’t forget to sign in if you are using patient parking! Have your ID and insurance card out and ready for when your name is called to check-in.
  4. If you don’t have an appointment, and need to be seen immediately, let a staff member know. They’ll inform a triage nurse who will see you as soon as possible.
  5. Remember, we’re more than just a medical clinic! We have a full-service pharmacy, counseling and psychological services, a dental clinic, physical therapy and more!

To learn more about our services—and which ones are free for most students—visit our website.

The University Health Center is a great resource for students, so don’t be afraid to use it if you need it. Stay healthy, Huskers!

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Four Tips for Safe International Travel

By Szuhua Lambdin, APRN

When planning for your trip oversees, don’t become so wrapped up in getting the necessary travel documents, booking your flights and planning your activities that you neglect the equally important task of planning to take care of your health during your travels.

Here are a few tips to remember as you prepare for your trip:

Take time to research your destination. Are there any health risks in the area? Is it prone to certain natural disasters? Are there any safety or security concerns? Consider how these answers might affect your travel plans or your behaviors while you visit.

Schedule an appointment with a travel medicine provider before your trip. Do this at least four to six weeks before you leave. He or she can help ensure you have the necessary immunizations and advice you need to have a safe, fun trip. Be prepared to discuss where you are traveling in a particular country, your trip’s length, any planned activities and your personal medical history. The University Health Center’s Travel Clinic is open to Nebraska students, faculty and staff as well as all members of the local community. Call 402.472.5000 to schedule an appointment.

Don’t let illness or injuries on your trip catch you off guard. Check your health insurance plan to see if it will cover health needs abroad. If not, consider purchasing additional travel health insurance. Know and be able to identify common travel ailments. It’s also recommended that you understand the signs and symptoms of illness so you can act quickly if something happens on your trip. Discuss these signs and symptoms with your provider during your pre-travel health appointment.

Although it may seem obvious, remember to continue practicing healthy behaviors during your trip:

  • Use sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Wear protective gear when doing adventurous activities
  • Wear a seatbelt
  • Understand and follow your destination’s laws and customs

For more helpful tips and information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Passports & International Travel websites.