The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By KEVIN FARRELL Staff Writer Niagara College has a readily available medical clinic for students. It’s for those needing to see about treatment for an injury, and as a support system for students away from home needing to see a doctor or nurse on a more regular basis. “The clinic went above and beyond for me when I had a migraine,” said Bekah Elizabeth Melko, a former student in the Computer Programmer Analyst program here. The Welland campus clinic takes appointments for a few hours each morning during the week, usually from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a nurse is there from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as 8:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus clinic has hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. A Registered Nurse (RN) staffs both college’s campuses’ clinics.However, not everyone is satisfied. “The nurse is never there …” said Carlie Marie Hawco, a Culinary Skills student at the NOTL campus. What do students think of the quality and care they receive at the campus clinic? “The receptionist is super quiet and always happy. The nurse is very friendly and caring. The doctor is upbeat and down to earth,” said Devan Iuliano, a General Business student at NOTL. The on-campus clinics also offer first-aid for injuries that may arise while you are at school. “I went once not last semester but the one before. I had gotten a bad welding burn outside of school and it was really bugging me so I went in to have it looked at. Needless to say, the nurse was quick to see me and treatment was just as swift and extremely effective,” said Andrew Panetta, a Photonics Engineering Technology student here. Having a clinic at the college you are attending is a necessity for students originating from various cities and even various countries who come to Niagara College. “It was just like a real clinic except without all the health card and waiting nonsense. Staff was super nice. They gave me extra bandages, which I don’t get at the clinic or at the hospital and I was in and out in like 30 minutes,” said Kevin Vincent Magner, a Welding Technician student here, who went to the clinic about a welding injury.