Samford University


Emergencies and Crises

Life Threatening

In case of life-threatening injuries or illness, or if an individual is not responsive: 

  • On/off campus call 911
  • Be prepared to say exactly where you are
  • Keep the victim calm

To obtain medical care, use one of the following local emergency departments:

St. Vincent's Hospital
806 St. Vincent's Drive
(205) 939-7100 


Although the conditions below may not be life-threatening, have a medial evalution as soon as possible if you experience any of them. When University Health Services is open, call (205) 726-2835 to let them know you are coming.

If it's after hours or the clinic is closed, we recommend you be seen at MedHelp. The office is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00-8:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Med Help
One Lakeshore Drive
(205) 930-2950

Examples of urgent conditions include:

-Significant pain (e.g. in the chest, abdomen, head or ear, especially with fever)
-Asthma (when not responding to usual medication)
-Urinary infection
-Possible fracture or dislocation
-Any injury with significant pain or swelling
-Minor cuts
-Major bee sting reaction -- hives, wheezing or swelling (e.g. whole arm or leg swells)

Non-Emergency Problems

If you make an appointment, you are likely to be seen sooner.

Call (205) 726-2835 for an appointment
Examples of non-emergencies include:

-Bruises/abrasions (scrapes)
-Minor burns
-Sore throats

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