Medical Care Off Campus
At the hospital:
- University Police can provide transportation.
- You can have any injuries treated immediately.
- You can request a friend or family member to accompany you as you go to the hospital or to stay with you while you are at the hospital.
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital calls Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) if you wish an advocate to be present during the hospital visit.
- You can obtain treatment for potential sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- You can obtain emergency contraception, if you choose this.
- If you wish to have evidence collected for possible legal action, it is recommended that you seek medical care at a hospital which provides SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) services within five days of a sexual assault. SANE Hospitals will contact a SANE nurse to come to the hospital to collect evidence. Newton-Wellesley Hospital is the closest facility with SANE services.
- The evidence can be stored anonymously even if you do not choose to press charges at that time. Evidence can be held if you decide to pursue a criminal case at a later time.
- The Sexual Assault Evidence Kit is provided free of charge. For other services, you may use your own health insurance or ask to be self-billed.
- There is a victim's fund to which you can apply for reimbursement of the expenses incurred after you receive the bill for services.
Medical Care at the Health Center during regular office hours:
- You can request a friend or family member to accompany you to the visit.
- You can request to speak to a nurse or nurse practitioner right away - tell the person who answers the phone that it is a "personal matter" (781.891.2222).
- You can request the gender of your provider.
- You can receive an exam to assess injuries. This may include a female gynecological exam or a male genital exam, if you need or request it.
- You can receive treatment for potential sexually transmitted infections.
- You can receive emergency contraception, if you choose this.
- Referrals can be made to counseling and other medical specialists, if you need or request these.
- You will be given information about resources on and off campus.
- You can choose to use health insurance or self-pay to cover any prescriptions.