It is important to practice safe sex; however, those that engage in sexual activity must remember to get themselves tested for their safety, and also to keep others safe as well. Students are welcome to make appointments with or without providers for STI testing. Your test will be confidential, and your results will be sent to you by secure message. Appointments can be made through our secure portal or by calling our appointment desk.
Although the spring semester will be coming to an end in May, the services that are provided at the Student Health clinic will continue through the summer months. Students that are sticking around campus for the summer may still utilize the clinic for all healthcare needs. Below are the summer hours for the clinic, pharmacy and student health insurance.
- Summer Clinic hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
- Summer pharmacy hours: 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Students that are registered for the summer will have already been assessed the health service fee, and for at least six credit hours assessed the student health insurance fee as part of their student services fee. Those who are not registered for classes over the summer, may still utilize student health services by paying a small fee of $100. Each visit will require an additional $10 door fee; however, most of the services will be provided to you in that small door fee. Those services that require additional payment may be submitted to your student health insurance or primary insurance.
For those students that would like to take part in the summer student health insurance, and are not registered for 6 or more hours, may purchase the summer student health insurance for $175. This will cover your health insurance through the summer months which includes while you are away on vacation.
Finally, the charity also takes part in World AIDS Day which still provides an opportunity for the world to unite in the fight against HIV, and commemorate those who have died from the disease. Below is a tartan ‘Red Ribbon’ which became Waverley Care’s symbolic image and highlights the unified stance against HIV/AIDS.
For more information on Waverley Care and the current work of the charity, please visit http://www.waverleycare.org/
A rare view of a full shelf of Royal Edinburgh Hospital casebooks (LHB7/51)
Quite a few of our volunteers in the Centre for Research Collections are University of Edinburgh students, wanting to find out about different careers. Both Arianna Shorey and Fiona Mossman started to volunteer more regularly with us after being involved in one of our Volunteer Taster Days, where you can come in to LHSA for a day (whether you’re a University of Edinburgh student or not) and find out a bit more about the archives that we hold and how we work with them. There’s no obligation at all to come back to us, but we find that quite a few people do (it must be the free LHSA pencils!). Arianna is a studying Chinese Studies as a postgraduate, and has enjoyed both the palaeographic challenges and societal insights that these casebooks hold:
Aidan busy in the office
Graphic art marking the end of 1899 in one of the casebooks (LHB7/51/75)
Fiona joined us last September, partly to compliment her undergraduate studies, but also as a step towards gaining her Edinburgh Award, a programme that recognises students’ extra-curricular experience (such as volunteering) by encouraging them to measure the benefits that they have gained:
It’ll soon be Fiona’s last week with us, and she has shown great dedication to the project, having presented to us as part of her Edinburgh Award and even creating a guide to help future volunteers to get over the initial hurdles of indexing, such as deciphering names, handwriting and contractions of words, as well as translating the contemporary conventions of the casebooks like now unfamiliar occupations and psychiatric diagnoses.
Examples of some challenging handwriting and contractions used in the casebooks.
You can learn more about volunteering with LHSA here.
|Signed Deacon Blue Vinyl 'Wages Day' (GD22/10/8)|
|James postcard advertising the Take Care Campaign (GD22/14/4/6/12)|
|Deacon Blue postcard advertising the Take Care Campaign, given out at their concert (GD22/14/4/6/15)|
|Collage of postcards from the 'Take Care' Campaign|
|Collage of Postcards made for World AIDS day|
Recipe for chicken in jelly, 1950s (LHB1/89/4/1)
Our earliest photograph of RIE residents, 1854 (P/PLI/S/294)
Page from Rules Subscribed by Resident Physicians and Surgeons (1895-1928) from October 1921. Can you spot and famous names? (LHB1/114/1)
One set of records that stood out to me was the log books of the Residents’ Mess – what would a canteen log book be like, I wondered naively? In fact, a ‘Mess’ referred to each new intake of residents. Looking at the Residents’ Mess log book from 1914 to 1915, it is a curious document, recording the lighter side of clinical life with an entry for each day. There are in-jokes lost in the interceding years, nicknames, some decidedly savoury language and an almost daily recording of fines handed down to members of the Mess. Here is a more than typical (and relatively tame!) page:
Page from Log Book of Residents' Mess 1914 - 1915 (LHB1/115/4)
The Mess Log from 1914 has more detail about the parade, which took place every Christmas Eve at 11pm from the Surgical Outpatients’ Department (SOPD), and lists in delightful detail the individual outfits of each member taking part, including the prize-winner, Dr W A Alexander, who cut a dash as a ‘ballet girl’. Dr Alexander was far from alone, since ‘there was a strong majority of ladies of all ages, nationalities and description from Little Red Riding Hood up to the fully developed butterflys [sic.]’.
Page mentioning the residents' outfits from the Log Book of the Residents' Mess 1914-1915 (LHB1/115/4)
RIE Residents, Winter 1914 (LHSA photographic collection)
And to prove that the parade was not an isolated occurrence, here's an early twentieth century image of residents in their finery:
Residents taking a break from their hospital white coats, early twentieth century (P/PL1/R/008)
The residents also produced a light-hearted magazine, the Infirmary Independent, of which we have the first (and perhaps only!) edition from 1913. It serialised stories, published satirical poems, and included outlines of out-of-work activities, including theatre and sports.
Cover and first page of The Infirmary Independent, 1913 (LHB1/115/12)
What we have left from the residents' off-duty life is at times funny, sometimes (to our twenty-first century ears) bordering on the (or actually) offensive, but reveals a world lost in time. This world was undoubtedly a privileged one, since residents had the advantage of an elite education and received no salaries from the RIE before the NHS, but would come to rely for their income on private practice.
Residents' event invitation sent to Dr W A Alexander, the fancy dress competition winner! (LHB1/115/7)
And if you ever wondered what the Mess actually had for their dinner every night, we can tell you that as well:
Last week I went to a Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) event in which they introduced their brand new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation status (SCIO). SCA provides leadership for the archives and records management sector in Scotland in a number of important ways (more information here) and we’ve worked closely with SCA for a few years now. We’ve certainly taken advantage of all the fabulous advocacy work SCA does for our sector - our most notable success was submitting a recipe for invalid fruit tart to their awareness raising campaign, ‘Edible Archive’, which made its way onto the 2012 Great British Bake Off!
More recently we were awarded Accredited Archive Status, a process which was supported by SCA, and we’ve been pumping their Education Development Officer for information to help with our new Wellcome Trust-funded public engagement project where we’ll be producing online resources for teachers. We’re also looking forward to Paul, Edinburgh University’s Skills for the Future Trainee, spending some time with us over the summer. He’s been based in the Centre for Research Collections since October last year as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant managed by SCA that aims to offer experience in the archive sector to six people each year for three years.
But what does SCA’s new SCIO status mean for us? Well, we’ll be hoping to carry on working with a great organisation, but now it will be as a member of it! Becoming a member is free, and if you’d like to join us in joining them, more information is available here: http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/membership.
|Image showing the new Department at Surgical Neurology at WGH (LHB11/7/2)|
|Roof of operating theatre at Ward 20, RIE (P/PL1/B/l/080)|
|Plan of operating theatre, WGH (LHB13/11/5)|
|Television link between Department of Surgical Neurology at WGH and Ward 20 at RIE (P/PL1/l/006)|
More images relating to Norman Dott can now be viewed on the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) by following this link:
With Sharp Compassion: Norman Dott Freeman Surgeon of Edinburgh, Rush, Christopher and Shaw, John F
|Example of red rot found on books|
|Using a Museum Vac to remove powdery material|
|Using a brush to apply a 2% solution of Klucel G in IMS|
|A full leather book rehoused in a book cover|
|Example of book with torn and delaminated leather|
|Book, before treatment with a detached spine|
|Book, after treatment with spine reattached using a hollow|
The conservation of books is very different to the conservation of flat archival material that I am used to working with. Although techniques are similar, the composite and 3D nature of the book provides new challenges to me as a paper conservator. I hope to learn more book repair techniques in the future.