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Welcome to the DIT Student Health Centre website 

The DIT health service provides an holistic approach to health, providing on campus health care to those students pursuing full time & apprenticeship courses.

Our service incorporates physical, psychological and social aspects of student health and health promotion.  Absolute confidentiality is maintained.  All records are maintained in the Health Centre and do not form part of student's college records.  Consent must be obtained from the student prior to disclosing records to any third party.

We hope you will find this website informative and interesting.  Please contact us if you have any suggestions for health matters which you would like to see explained here.

Consultations

Who is eligible to attend?

All full time students and apprentices with a valid student card are eligible to attend either Health Centre. 

 Please note :

If you make an appointment and fail to give us 24 hours notice of cancellation/reschedule a €10 charge will be applied to your account.

In the case of STI appointments your advance payment is non-refundable - however, you may reschedule your appointment once you provide us with 24 hours notice.

 

Consultation with a Doctor

Consultations are by appointment only.  We encourage students to make appointments as early as possible as our clinics tend to book up very quickly! Our College Doctors are all GPs in the 'Belgrave Clinic' (www.belgraveclinic.com) in Ranelagh.

Urgent Appointments

If we cannot facilitate you with a Doctor's appointment, the nurse will endeavour to assess every student (through our triage system - available via reception) and prioritise your needs depending on urgency.

Please note:

  • If you are feeling unwell and there are no suitable Doctor's appointments, make an appointment with a nurse who will assess & prioritise your needs. However if no immediate appointments are available with a nurse please inform receptionist that it is urgent.

  • Those students requiring Emergency Contraception should make an urgent appointment with the nurse, as this medication needs to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.  Evidence suggests that it is most effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. Emergency Contraception is also available in most pharmacies without prescription.

  • Persons requiring repeat pill prescriptions should give at least 2 days notice

  • A medical cert will only be issued if the student has attended the student health centre, contacted the health centre at the time of illness or event, or if confirmatory evidence detailing the problem is presented to the student health centre from an appropriate source 

Consultation with a Nurse

A consultation with a nurse can include the following;

  • Triage of students

  • General health discussion

  • Contraception advice

  • Sexual health advice

  • Acne management

  • Management of Asthma

  • Smoking cessation advice

  • Smear tests

  • Dietary advice

  • Routine injections

  • Removal of sutures

  • Wound Dressing

  • Psoriasis management

 

Chaperone Policy

We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where students can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance. Students are able to request the presence of a chaperone if required for any intimate examination or if they feel they require the support of another individual during any examination by the Doctor or Nurse. 

This chaperone policy adheres to local and national guidlines and policy. 

This chaperone policy is advertised through notices in our waiting room.

Students are encouraged to ask for a chaperone if required at the time of booking their appointment wherever possible.

All Health Centre staff are aware of and have received appropriate information in relation to this chaperone policy.

All formal chaperones understand their roles and responsibilities and are competent to perform that role.

Doctors and Nurses may, as a matter of course and in line with our policy, invite you or ask you to have a chaperone present during a personal examination. 

Part Time Students

Unfortunately Part Time Students cannot be seen at the Student Health Centre.

Apprentices and Erasmus students are an exception to this and can be seen at the Student Health Centre.

Staff

May we bring to the attention of all staff that the Health Centres are for the use of students only.

  • Please do not ask the staff at the Medical Health Centre to see a member of staff as the DIT policy does not facilitate staff health care.
  • There is a specific policy regarding first aid for staff.  In an emergency situation your first point of contact should be the designated first aid officer for your faculty. You may attend your nearest hospital/accident & emergency FIND A HOSPITAL or General Practitioner FIND A GP
  • If your injury is of an occupational nature please report to your local Occupational Health Officer.