All you need to know about the changes in staffing for your health services.
StFX’s clinic, located on the 3rd floor of Bloomfield, has undergone some changes this year which students should become aware of to ensure that they are able to find the healthcare to fit their needs.
A registered nurse, Angela Fougere, recently joined the team at the clinic. She will be covering the intake position, assessing incoming patients and directing them to the resources they require.
A new position has been added to the mental health and counseling team. Clinical therapist, Erika Jack-Lawson, recently started working at the StFX clinic, forming the third permanent position. This will hopefully mean shorter wait times, with a greater range of resources to offer to students, easing the pursuit of mental health services.
Despite all of these alterations, there is still one position that remains vacant. There is still an empty physician spot at the clinic for two days of the week. The clinic is working with the provincial health services to try and find a candidate to fill the positions, however it is difficult to find someone willing to work two days of the week for eight months of the year. There is hope that if additional work can be found within the community, a doctor will be more inclined to come to Antigonish, but this is a difficult prospect in such a small town. Wait times for physicians will be affected by this empty position, however, staff will ensure that those with more pressing health issues are seen to as efficiently as possible.
It is great to see the StFX clinic improving its services, attempting to provide students with the best and most effective care. However, it is important to remember that there are additional services that can be found, not just on campus, but within Antigonish as well. Students must remember to advocate for their own health, even if it means making the effort to go into the town to seek those health services that better fit their needs.
The following are some, but not all, resources that can be utilized in cases where the campus clinic is not an available option:
Antigonish After Hours Clinic:
40 Church Street, Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phone: 902 - 735 - 4000 (call one hour prior to opening to arrange an appointment)
Aspiria Student Assistance Program:
Available 24/7, free professional support for a wide range of mental health concerns and other stress-related issues
Download iAspiria from Apple App Store or Google Play
Walk-In Medical Clinic:
Atlantic Superstore, 2nd floor, Monday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: 902-338-3000 (call 30 minutes prior to opening to arrange an appointment, or walk in)
Additional resources can be found on the Xaverian Weekly website.