Important Information & Updates

STUDENT HEALTH

Student Health reopening on Wednesday 30th September at 9am

Your Student Health Service are busy preparing to welcome you back to college. We will be ready to give you any support you need during these challenging times. Your Health Service may look a bit different this year as we lean towards virtual medicine for the protection of all.

A virtual clinic is a consultation with the nurse or doctor by phone or video call (using Microsoft Teams) instead of a face-to-face meeting. If it is medically required for you to attend the Health Service, this can be organised for you.

How to make an appointment with the Health Service

  • Do not attend the Health Service in person.
  • Please call the Health Service reception on 071-9155463 between 9-3pm, Mon to Thurs and 9-1pm on Friday.
  • The nurse will then call you to assess what type of appointment will meet your needs. If you need a phone/video/in person consultation this will be organised for you.

What to expect when you attend for an in-person appointment

If you are attending the service in person, you will be asked to stay in your car/outside until you are called in by the nurse/doctor. It is important that you arrive at the exact appointment time given to you.

You will be asked some brief questions at the door by the nurse. Your temperature will be taken. You will be asked to sanitize your hands and remove your own face covering and apply a medical mask for the consultation.

We will be operating a strict social distancing policy at all times within the clinical area. Measures such as social distancing, perspex screens and masks make us all uncomfortable but just remember the health professionals behind the mask have not changed and we are here to help you.

How virtual medicine works

We will be doing more telephone and online consultations to minimise the spread of COVID-19. We do not believe that this is a completely satisfactory replacement for face to face

meetings but for now we must do what is safest for everyone concerned. The nurse will ring you in the morning and together we will decide if a video, telephone, or in person meeting will meet your needs best. You will be given a scheduled time so that you can make sure you have a private place to take the call without interruptions or noise.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

· Fever (over 38 degrees)

· Sudden cough (any type of cough)

· Shortness of breath

· Loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

If you have any of these symptoms, immediately isolate at home and call the Student Health Service/GP for advice. If you are on campus and you If you feel well enough, please leave the campus immediately through the closest exit.  If you are on campus with symptoms of COVID 19 please call ext 5333 or 071 9155333 where a first aid responder will provide assistance and advise.

· Apply your mask and hand gel if you have it on your person.

· Do not walk through the main campus.

· Remember your respiratory etiquette; if you have to cough/sneeze turn away from others and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Place used tissues in a lidded bin and wash hand/apply gel.

· Do not use public transport to get home.

· Do not go to a GP, surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you do not feel well enough to leave the campus, Isolation rooms are available on campus to be utilised if required. Dial 071/9155333 to access these rooms and first-aid personnel.

How to organise a COVID-19 test

Your GP/Student Health Service will organise an assessment and/or a referral for COVID-19 test if necessary. The assessment and test are free of charge.

You must restrict your movements while you are awaiting testing and test results. Your housemates and close contacts will also need to restrict their movements. Therefore, you and everybody in your house should not attend college under any circumstances.

If you test positive elsewhere if would be helpful if you could advise the Health service in confidence by phone or email. This will allow us to keep an accurate log of any cases we have on campus.

COVID-19 test results are confidential as per doctor/patient confidentiality. However, you should be advised that we may need to share your information with Public Health doctors as required for the purposes of protecting public health, e.g. to protect people from infection under defined circumstances.

Wishing you all a safe return to campus!

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***UPDATED ACADEMIC INDUCTION CANCELLED***

Following the announcement today (25th September 2020) from the Government, all on-campus academic induction for 1st year students is cancelled.
  • Programme information that you would have received at induction will be shared with you remotely in the coming days. 
  • Timetabled laboratories, studios and workshops will take place on campus according to the published timetable. 
  • All on-campus classes for apprentices will commence on Monday 28thSeptember. 
  • All other classes will take place remotely
  • Where possible, students should not be on campus and should minimise the number of social contacts on and off campus. 
  • Students should remain at home, and not travel to accommodation in Sligo unless they are attending for on-campus teaching.
  • Please monitor the IT Sligo web site (www.itsligo.ie) over the weekend to get update notifications and details relevant to your classes.
Stay Safe.