Student Health Services
Reading Week Hours: Please note that, during Reading Week, Student Health Services will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only.
Student Health Services is an appointment based medical clinic for all registered part-time and full-time students at Western and affiliated colleges. Urgent problems such as infections or injuries can often be seen the same day. Appointments can also be booked for non-urgent medical issues. Patients may see a physician of a specific gender and may also ask to see the same doctor for each visit.
Counselling & Psychiatry
Active and enrolled Western students can be referred to a psychiatrist at Student Health Services (SHS) with a referral from a family doctor either from within SHS and/or from a community based doctor to which the patient can be referred back (and to whom consultation recommendations can be made). The following form must be completed by the referring physician and faxed to the clinic at (519) 661-3380.
Please note during peak times in the school year there can be up to a 3-4 month wait to get an initial appointment. If this is an urgent referral please refer to:
Urgent Consultation Service
Mental Health Care Program
London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, ON N6A 5W9
Phone: (519) 685-8500, Ext. 75521
Birth Control Information
Student Health Services offers optional birth control information sessions to patients receiving, or interested in receiving, a prescription for birth control. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes and include information on types of birth control available and proper use. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions but have the option to have a one-on-one appointment should that better suit their needs.
Allergy Injections & Immunization
If you receive injections for allergies or for vitamin deficiencies, you can receive these injections at Student Health. If you require an immunization injection, you may also book an appointment to receive your shot with SHS. The clinic offers a variety of immunizations including tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, HPV and the influenza vaccine (flu shot).
Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing
SHS physicians can screen for all common sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B. STI testing is done with the utmost sensitivity and understanding. It's better to come in and get tested than to worry, experience discomfort or wait for a condition to become worse.
Trans Care Team
Recognizing the unique needs of gender-diverse students, the Trans Care Team comprises a group of clinicians from Student Health Services and Psychological Services who work together to provide specialized psychological counselling and medical care to students in an LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative environment. Physicians at Student Health Services have received training from Rainbow Health Ontario in the realm of counselling, hormone prescribing/maintenance, injections, surgical referrals, and post-operative care. They are able to refer to endocrine specialists and/or psychiatrists if there are complex needs beyond the scope of their primary care providers. Clinicians at Psychological services offer both individual counselling as well as the UniQ Support group that runs each semester.