In Case of a Medical Emergency

Life-threatening conditions

For serious injuries or other clear threat to life, obtain paramedic and ambulance assistance immediately:

  • Call 206-281-2911, if you’re on-campus. (Dial x2911 from a campus phone.)
  • Call 911, if you’re off-campus.

Be prepared to say exactly where you are and what is wrong.

Examples of life-threatening conditions include:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Major injury (e.g., open chest wound with trouble breathing; spinal or neck injury with loss of sensation or motion; obvious fracture, especially with visible bone).
  • Extreme bee-sting reaction (hives, swelling, etc.).
  • Unconscious or unresponsive.

Local hospitals

Swedish Medical Center–Ballard (closest to campus)
5350 Tallman Ave.
Phone: 206-782-2700

(Across the Ballard Bridge; left at Walgreens; and on your left.)

Other Seattle-area hospitals.

Urgent conditions

When Health Services is open, come here. If possible, call ahead to let us know you’re coming: 206-281-2231.

Seattle-area urgent care clinics.

Although the conditions below may not be life threatening, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible if you have these:

  • Significant pain (e.g., in the chest, abdomen, head, neck, or ear, especially with fever)
  • Asthma (when not responding to usual medication)
  • Possible fracture or dislocation
  • Laceration (a cut requiring stitches)

Non-urgent medical issues

Make an appointment to be seen at Health Services by calling 206-281-2231 during office hours.

SPU Health Services does not endorse any hospital, urgent care, or physician office over another. Please check your insurance for applicable community services.

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