Emergency Care

Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 863-4111 for emergency medical care in case of sudden illness or injury. Reasons to call EMS include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Major bleeding
  • Obvious major injury
  • Injury that impairs mobility
  • Loss of consciousness or unresponsiveness
  • Diminished consciousness or mental confusion
  • Severe pain - of sudden onset, of unknown cause, or of long duration
  • Severe alcohol/other drug intoxication

Brown Emergency Medical Services (EMS), an advanced life support system, will respond and provide pre-hospital care, and transportation to the hospital or Health Services (only during full service hours) as necessary. In the event that Brown EMS is already engaged, back-up response is available from Providence Fire Department EMS.

Brown University EMS is staffed by paid supervisors (Paramedics or EMT-Cardiacs) and student volunteer-EMTs. The EMS administrative office number is 863-3671. Do not call this number for medical services.

Click here for more information about Brown University EMS.

Urgent Appointments

Call 863-3953 for an appointment for acute problems which include:

  • Rashes
  • Chest congestion
  • Eye infection
  • Urinary infection
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Prescription refills
  • Referrals

Anytime during your visit, if you feel too sick while waiting because you might faint or otherwise lose control, tell the receptionist; they will see that you get immediate attention.

Medical advice and an on-call physician is always available 24 / 7 during the academic year. Students can call Health Services anytime @ 401-863-1330 for medical advice on what to do.