The Decker Student Health Services Center is a primary care facility for all registered students at Binghamton University. We deliver the same type of care you would expect to get from your primary care physician back home. The mandatory student health fee you pay entitles you to visit the center at no charge, so please don’t hesitate to come to us if you need health care. Some services have costs; please see Free or Fee or ask us for more information.
Services available include:
- Treatment of acute illness and injury (upper respiratory infections, sore throat, infections, conjunctivitis, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, fever, rash, sprains, lacerations, etc.)
- Travel medicine
- Women’s services (birth control, routine GYN care, emergency contraception)
- HIV testing -- we now offer Rapid HIV testing. Please call 607-777-2221 to schedule an appointment.
- Laboratory services
- Dispensary (medications)
- Psychiatric consultation
- Health education/counseling
Resting Area/Telephone Follow-Up Service
During regular hours, the Decker Student Health Services Center has an area where sick students may rest. We use a telephone follow-up service when appropriate to check on students who are ill and have returned to their residence hall or apartment.
Physical Examination for School/Work/Travel
Physical exams for undergraduate or graduate school, summer employment, fellowships, travel abroad, etc., aren’t offered at the Decker Student Health Services Center, but we can provide you with a list of local physicians who perform this service. You’ll be responsible for all charges incurred.
Skyping with Home Providers
In an attempt to provide additional options for student support, Binghamton University is offering students a way to maintain progress in psychotherapy or other provider services while away from home. Student living situations seldom provide a calm and private environment needed to communicate with providers from a distance. The Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) at Binghamton University is pleased to offer students a quiet and confidential place to participate in Skype sessions with their home provider via a large screen television (TV).
In order to get on the schedule to use this service, please follow these steps:
- Please make sure that your home therapist/provider is willing to schedule Skype sessions with you. Participation is voluntary on the provider’s part. Any financial cost incurred is the responsibility of the student.
- If your therapist/provider is willing to see you via Skype, you are responsible for adding them as a contact to your personal Skype account. The Health Service does not maintain a general account for student use. This step should be done well in advance of your appointment to ensure that your session goes smoothly.
- Next, call the DSHSC at 607-777-2221 to make an appointment for your Skype session. If your appointment is one that occurs regularly (every other Monday at 3:00, for example), please let the staff know that so that the days and times that you need can be reserved.
- Arrive at the DSHSC 15 minutes prior to your appointment and sign in on one of the computers in the reception area. Once you are signed in for your appointment, take the elevator to the lower level and be seated in the waiting area to the right of the elevator. A staff person will escort you back to the Skype room for your session.
- The staff person will turn on the equipment and begin the Skype application. You will be responsible for signing into your account and calling your provider. If you need assistance, please make aware. There are also detailed instructions attached to the TV stand.
- When done, please turn off the TV with the provided remote. After exiting the room, please alert staff that your session has concluded.
- Should your session be canceled or you need to cancel your session, please notify the DSHSC as soon as possible. This will allow other students the opportunity to reserve the space and equipment.
- Students who “no-show” for the reserved time will be contacted by DSHSC staff.
Binghamton University is not responsible for nor insuring of the quality of the therapy received, purely providing a confidential space for the interaction to occur. Should the arrangement not benefit the student as hoped, students are reminded of campus resources through the DSHSC and the University Counseling Center. Community referrals are also available. Please contact the staff for further information.