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Helpful Hints for Your Appointment

Who can be seen at the Health Centre?

  • The UPEI Health Centre is available to all current registered students of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Don’t forget your health insurance card or proof of UPEI International Student Coverage!
  • Medical Records- students are encouraged to bring a copy of their medical records if they have chronic illnesses (e.g., seizure disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes), history of mental illness, and/or physical disability (i.e. visual or hearing impairment, cerebral palsy). This information allows the physician and nurse to better understand your individual health history and needs.
  • Medications- if you require refills of prescriptions, it is helpful to bring the medications with you. This is especially important for monitored medications such as opioid pain relievers and psychoactive medications such as Ritalin. 
  • A friend- we understand visiting a health centre can be a stressful experience for some people. If you feel more comfortable, we encourage you to bring a support person. If you have difficulty with English and expressing your health concerns, it can be helpful to bring someone that can translate.

I need to get my medical record/vaccination record/etc. from the Health Centre.

  • To release any medical records from the UPEI Health Centre we need a signed Release of Records. Please note there may be a fee for this service.

How do I get my tests results?

  • All specimens collected at the Health Centre are sent to the laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  Please allow 2 weeks for tests results to be returned to us. Some tests may take longer, (e.g., Pap test results take several weeks). If your results require a follow-up, we will contact you to return to the clinic. Test results cannot be given over the phone for confidentiality reasons.

I’ve never had STI testing done before...what can I expect?

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing is a proactive way to maintain your sexual health.  We encourage testing when:
    • You have a new sexual partner.
    • You or your partners have other sexual partners and it's been more than three to six months since your last test.
    • You notice any changes in your body.
    • You had sex with someone who has an STI.
    • You had sex without a condom or the condom broke.
  • It’s important to keep in mind there is a “window period” which is the time between getting an infection and when a positive result will show up on a test.  For more information on STI testing and what to expect: http://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/when-to-test . Please note that PEI does not use anonymous testing.


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