When to go to the Emergency Room:

Emergency Rooms are for life-threatening injury or illness, such as:

  • Major injury
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness or seizure
  • Sudden, severe pain (abdominal, chest, head)
  • Severe bleeding
  • Poisoning or overdose
  • Severe or worsening allergic reaction, especially if breathing is difficult
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Severe vaginal bleeding
  • Sexual violence

When to go to an Urgent Care Center:

Urgent care is for non-life-threatening, urgent health needs that cannot wait until the health center is open, such as:

  • X-Rays
  • Urinary pain with back pain
  • A deep laceration that may need stitches  
  • Need for IV hydration due to severe vomiting, or unresolved high fever

When to use the Brandeis Health Center:

  • Fever that goes down with Tylenol or aspirin
  • Sore throat, colds, cough, ear ache
  • Minor cuts or burns
  • Skin rash
  • Mild nausea with vomiting or diarrhea without fever
  • Mild burning or irritation on urination
  • Chronic joint or muscle pain/strain
  • Non-life-threatening conditions

If you are unsure where to go, call the Health Center at 781-736-3677 during office hours for consultation.

After hours, call our on-call clinician at 781-239-1948.

Urgent and Emergency Care

In an Emergency:

For on-campus emergencies, call 781-736-3333.

Public Safety will send an officer and, when school is in session,  the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you.

For off-campus emergency, call 911.

Local Emergency Departments


Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2014 Washington St.
Newton, Mass.
(617) 243-6193
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

Local Urgent Care Centers


Newton Wellesley Hospital's Waltham Urgent Care Center

Located in the Children's Hospital Building (5 minutes from campus)

9 Hope Ave.
Waltham, Mass. 02453
(866) 627-8052

Bring your insurance information.

Walk-In Hours

Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

American Family Care (AFC)

1030 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 894-6900

Bring your insurance information.

Walk-In Hours

Daily
8 a.m. to  8 p.m.

For Minor Illness and Injury Assessment After Hours:


CVS Minute Clinics

For minor illness and injury assessment, labs and tests.
1-866-389-2727

Locations

Newton, 978 Boylston St

Cambridge, 211 Alewife Brook Pkwy

Cambridge, 36 White Street

Medford, 85 High Street

Hours

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed 1-1:30 p.m. for lunch

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed 1-1:30 p.m. for lunch