Reasons to go to the Emergency Room:
  • Sexual violence
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness/change in consciousness/seizure
  • Sudden, severe pain (abdominal, chest, head) which is not relieved with over the counter medication.
  • A major injury
  • Bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure, or a deep cut which may need stitches in order to stop the bleeding.
  • Poisoning or overdose
  • Severe or worsening reaction to an insect bite or sting, or to a medication, especially if breathing is difficult
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Severe vaginal bleeding

Conditions for which you may call the following day for an appointment:

  • Fever which goes down with Tylenol or aspirin
  • Sore throat, colds, cough, earache
  • 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

You must use your best judgment on how to care for yourself when we are not open. You may enlist the advice of our on-call clinician by calling 781-239-1948.

Emergency and Urgent Care Resources

In cases of an on-campus emergency, call Campus Police at (781) 736-3333. They will send an officer and Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you. BEMCo is Brandeis Universities emergency medical first response service, a student organization which runs when school is in session.

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

Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mt. Auburn St.
Cambridge, Mass.
(617) 499-5025
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

Local Urgent Care/Walk-in Centers and Hours

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

(781) 893-5590

Walk-In Hours for urgent care and radiology:
Monday - Saturday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Laboratory: M-F 7 am - 4:30 pm

Doctors Express

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

Walk-In Hours for Urgent Care, X-Ray, and Lab services:
Daily 8 am - 8 pm