Student Health Service
The Student Health Service provides on-campus medical care to registered students and apprentices in a confidential, professional and courteous manner. Our service is Nurse-Led and provides both physical and mental health services as well as health promotion and supportive measures to assist you in ways that keep you committed to your studies.
Services are available from Monday to Friday throughout the academic year.
If you have a chronic condition, disorder or disability which may require specific support or monitoring please inform the Institute Nurse as soon as possible after registration so appropriate care can be planned.
We expect honesty from our students, please remember the service is confidential. Your health records are not shared without your consent nor do they form part of the academic record. If we do not have the full story it may affect your treatment. If you have a query or anxieties please feel free to make a list of questions and bring it with you to your consultation. Attending several GP’s with the same illness is not a good idea and in some cases may be dangerous.
What are the main services offered by the Student Health Service?
The student health service is a replacement for a student’s own G.P. Our services are provided as an addition to your own GP or specialist medical service. Students who have an ongoing illness or chronic condition should see their usual doctor. Services provided include:
• Day to day/ On the day illness
• Minor Illness e.g. coughs and colds, chest infection, gastro-enteritis, urinary tract infection
• Recent/New Injuries: minor injuries, burns, dressings etc.
• Sexual Health & Contraception Services
• Mental Wellbeing
• Medical Emergencies – always given priority
We are currently housed in a grey prefabricated structure at the rear of the main campus building opposite the sports arena.
How do I book an appointment at the Health Centre?
We operate a walk in clinic where students are seen on a ‘First Come First Served” basis. Our triage nurse will provide an initial assessment and referral to doctor if necessary. Students will be asked to present their student ID card for inspection.
Nurse Drop-In Times are as follows:
Mon – Thurs 09.00 -10.30 11.00-12.30 14.00-16.00
Friday 09.00 -10.30 11.00-12.30
Out of hours Service: 18.00-08.00 & Weekends 1850 302 702 *Fees apply*
Nurse Consultation FREE
Doctor Consultation €15.00 (Payment via AIT Card)
Students use their multifunctional AIT card to pay for services at the Student Health Centre which incur a fee.
The student health centre does not operate as a medical card practice, all medical card holders are encouraged to attend their own GP if within the Athlone area, or if not to register with a local GMS doctor. However, if you are feeling acutely unwell and your registered doctor lives outside the Athlone area, you will be triaged by the nurse and referred accordingly. You can apply for a medical card online using www.medicalcard.ie
Students who are currently registered with AIT are entitled to free medical consultation and prescriptions in Ireland on presentation of a valid European Health Card.
This entitlement is only valid for a period of 1 year while you are on Erasmus. If you continue to stay in the country you will need to apply for Medical Card status.
Non E.U. Students
All other foreign Nationals other than EU students have no medical card entitlements here. It is recommended that you have adequate medical insurance on arrival. You are however welcome to attend the College Doctor at the student rate in the Health Centre. We also encourage foreign students to register with a GP in your area as the AIT college doctors are only available throughout term time.
Immunisation Guidance for College Students 2019-2020
The following important guidance for students has been provided by the National Immunisation Office https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/news/collegevacc19.html
Students requesting a repeat prescription must bring either a letter from their own general practitioner stating which medication they are on, or a recent prescription. Requests for repeat prescriptions must be made at least 48 hours prior to requiring prescription by calling to reception and submitting the repeat prescription request form.
Medical Certificates are only be issued by the Doctor. Retrospective certification is not issued so you should attend the Student Health Centre, at the time of illness or event.
Positive Living Section AIT Library
We know that student life can sometimes be challenging. That’s why our Student Health Service has collaborated with the AIT Library Service to put together a collection of books on a wide range of topics around personal health and well-being.
Whether you’re interested in managing stress and learning some new relaxation techniques, or having more difficult mental health issues, there are books there that can help. Or, if you would simply like to learn more about cookery, exercise, nutrition and sexual health, there’s plenty of new titles to suit your needs - reflecting high street bookshops.
Although members of the Student Health team recommend specific titles to students during consultations, the Positive Living range is available to the whole student & staff body to browse and borrow themselves.
Remember if you have any questions or queries about our service or want to just ask a health professional a question…we are here for you….call to health centre or phone us at 09064 68063.