Call 911 for medical emergencies
If you live in university residence halls, contact your house fellow or peer-learning partner (available 24/7).
After-hours nurse advice line
608-265-5600 (option 1)
Is this an emergency?
If your condition is not serious enough to call an ambulance, find a friend who can drive you or arrange for public transportation. If you live in university residence halls, contact your Residence Life staff if you have questions or need additional assistance.
UHS does not cover hospital inpatient, emergency room, or immediate care treatment provided outside our clinic. Emergency room and hospitalization charges are not covered by student segregated fees. We recommend that students have hospitalization insurance that includes emergency room coverage, such as the UW–Madison Student Health Insurance Plan.
Help following a sexual assault
Help is available. Find resources.
24-hour mental health crisis services
Call 608-265-5600 (option 9). Learn more
UW Hospitals & Clinics
600 Highland Avenue
UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital
202 S. Park Street
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison
700 S. Park Street
Urgent Care Facilities
SSM Health Clinic - Madison East
1821 S. Stoughton Road
SSM Health Clinic - Madison West
752 N. High Point Road
UW Health Immediate Care Centers
West Town Urgent Care Clinic
7102 Mineral Point Road
Union Corners Urgent Care Clinic
2402 Winnebago St., Madison
Choosing between an emergency room and an urgent care facility
Emergency rooms are specifically designed to manage life-threatening illnesses and injuries including:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- loss of consciousness
- drug overdose
- acute alcohol intoxication
- gunshot or knife wounds
- accidents such as falls or involving motor vehicles
- eye injuries
- severe lacerations
- high fever (greater than 101°F) with a severe headache and a stiff neck
Urgent care facilities
Urgent care facilities provide evening and weekend health care for acute problems that are NOT life-threatening. Examples of illnesses and injuries managed urgent care facilities include:
- upper respiratory infections
- sore throats
- back pain
- minor fractures
If you cannot decide whether you require immediate medical care, call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 1).