When to Visit Us

Feeling under the weather, but aren’t sure it’s time to see a health care provider? Call us at 206-281-2231 to ask if you should come in, or to schedule an appointment.

SPU employees and students should contact Health Services with health related questions through our Secure Messaging portal

Reasons to see a provider right away

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, give us a call at 206-281-2231, or call your primary health care provider:

  • Vomiting: Unable to keep down fluids for more than 24 hours, unusual color or bloody vomit, associated with severe abdominal pain.
  • Painful, difficult swallowing.
  • Cough lasting for more than two weeks.
  • Diarrhea with black or bloody stools or symptoms of dehydration (i.e., dry mouth, confusion, decreased urination).
  • Abdominal pain that is severe or persistent.
  • Headache pain that is severe or quick onset, or associated with confusion, dizziness, nausea, numbness, changes in speech, or vision. Or a headache that occurs after an injury to the head.
  • Chest pain: Changes in heart rate or rhythm.
  • Leg pain, especially if associated with swelling, redness, or pain with walking.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Rashes, especially if associated with fever, discharge, or swelling.
  • Sinus congestion associated with swelling around the eyes, redness around the eyes or vision changes
  • Unexplained weight loss/gain, fatigue, dizziness, or abnormal sweating.

If you are unable to see Health Services providers right away, and you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should be seen in an area urgent-care center or emergency department, or call your primary care provider’s office for specific advice.

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The information posted on this website is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. Consult a qualified health care provider for medical advice and answers to your personal health questions.