The Student Medical Clinic offers health care visits with both male and female doctors and nurses. You can visit us at the Health Services building across from the SLC or phone 519-888-4096. Visit the Hours page to find more information on service times.
Urgent and walk-in care
Walk-in medical appointments are available for students during our walk-in hours. Depending on the number of patients requiring care, walk-in visits might fill up before the end of our posted hours. Walk-in visits are for urgent concerns and the doctor may only see you for one one concern during the visit. If you have already been seen by a doctor in the clinic for your concern, please book an appointment with that doctor for follow-up.
Staff and visitors may receive urgent first aid treatment on a walk-in basis.
We encourage you to book an appointment so that we know you are coming and can provide the best possible care. Depending on an assessment of the urgency of your concern, you might be able to see a doctor or nurse practitioner the same day or we will usually schedule an appointment within 2-3 days. For prescription refills please make sure to book an appointment in advance with the doctor who gave you the prescription.
Verification of illness services
University of Waterloo verification of illness certificates are available from Health Services for students who are unable to attend labs and examinations or are late with major assignments.
- Your faculty determines academic accommodation for medical reasons; therefore we advise you to speak with your professor if you anticipate being unable to fulfill academic requirements because you are sick.
- Attend University of Waterloo Health Services or your family physician during the illness to receive appropriate medical care and an accurate diagnosis.
- Bring the University of Waterloo Verification of illness form (PDF) with you to be completed by your physician during your medical appointment.
Mental health office
With a referral from a Health Services physician, you can schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist in the mental health office. Our mental health nurse is also located in Health Services and can provide help with transition of care and phone safety checks. Counsellors from Counselling Services also work in the mental health office and you can schedule your appointments there if you prefer.
On-site laboratory and venipuncturist
Routine or for pre-planned travel.
Routine allergy injections.
Human Immuno-deficiency virus (HIV/AIDS) testing
Confidential Human Immuno-deficiency virus (HIV/AIDS) testing, counselling and health monitoring.
Nurses are available to see you for services including: blood pressure monitoring, on-going post-op treatment, administration of prescribed injectable drugs, health teaching, and ear syringing.
- Family planning.
- Birth control dispensary.
- Emergency contraception (morning after pill).
- Pregnancy tests and non-judgmental management of crisis pregnancy.
Warts are removed in several ways, such as: electrosurgery which cuts and coagulates the tissue; applying chemicals or extreme cold to the wart; or cutting the wart out and stitching the wound. Liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) is available at Health Services. Multiple applications, at one or two week intervals, may be required. Excision or electrocoagulation are not suitable for the face or around fingernails. Over-the-counter chemical treatments are an option for treating oneself and require persistence. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when treating warts with any of the above methods. About 1/3 or warts recur no matter what treatment is applied. The best option may be to wait since the body's immune response will eventually result in the wart's disappearance without scarring, risk of infection or pain.
Medical coverage - pay per use services
Ontario Ministry of Health has delisted any services or procedures which are intended "solely to satisfy cosmetic concerns and are not medically necessary for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of illness". Warts are self-limiting viral lesions of the skin and it is not medically necessary that they be removed or treated. Wart removal services are still available to any person who chooses to pay the physician directly.
Exceptions and conditions
This decision does not apply to plantar warts foot, venereal warts or to a patient whose immune system is compromised.
Removal of warts is not covered in Nova Scotia. Conditions for coverage exist in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (must be medically indicated and not cosmetic) and New Brunswick (the same as the conditions for Ontario).
Fees for removal of warts are not insured by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) or other provincial health plan.
- Assessment of warts - $17.50
- Chemical and/or cryotherapy treatment - $10.50
If you wish to have treatment with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) please book an appointment with our Wart Clinic. Patients who are considering excision or electrocoagulation will need to book an appointment with one of Health Services' doctors who do minor office surgery. (Please inquire about cost). Please inform the receptionist of your goal to ensure that the appropriate booking is made for you.