By Paul Ingvaldsen

Staff Writer

 

A nagging, sore throat or small, suspicious red bumps on a student’s arm appear sometimes during the semester forcing a decision be made about seeking medical attention.

LBCC students fearful of visiting a doctor’s office due to the high costs have the option of visiting the health services center in A1010 on the LAC, or the TO trailer on the PCC. Students must be enrolled and have a college services card sticker on their student ID card to benefit from services.

Health Services Technician Dawn Truesdell greets incoming students in A1010 on the LAC.

For harder-to-treat ailments such as a strep throat or bladder infection, students may expect free treatment at the center.

“They would receive antibiotics. Anything beyond the scope of the nurse practitioner, which is just below a doctor, would be referred to outside health care facilities,” Truesdell said.

“We have an arrangement with Pioneer Medical Group for those who can afford to make payments on a plan.”

Dan Sorto, 24, a fire science major, said the center was not helpful during Spring 2014.

Sorto said he broke out in a rash that looked like the chickenpox, but the nurses would not diagnose or treat him for it.

“They said it was a separate charge and just gave me Advil. I was in and out in about two minutes.”

 

For students who cannot afford the payment plan options, two places allow students to receive free services based upon their needs and financial standing.

The Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center at 1333 Chestnut Ave. in Long Beach is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic can be reached by telephone at (562) 599-2153.

The Harbor UCLA Medical Center at 1000 W. Carson St. in Torrance is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for emergency walk-ins. Students must be Los Angeles County residents. The center may be reached by telephone at (310) 222-2345.

Students are encouraged to make an appointment before going to the health center on either campus. The center can be reached by telephone at (562) 938-3992 for the PCC or (562) 938-4210 for the LAC. The offices are closed between noon and 2 p.m.