Primary healthcare is essential healthcare that is accessible and acceptable to individuals, through full participation and at a cost the community can afford. NWU healthcare centres strive to provide several primary healthcare options. 

Payable services may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Assessment and management of minor ailments
  • Referral to other healthcare facilities and NWU services
  • Emergency care (physical care given to patients)
  • Emergency management (the logistics around the available services and the coordination between emergency services and the healthcare centres)
  • Patients on chronic treatment at a government facility can get their chronic medicine delivered to the NWU healthcare centres (terms and conditions apply)
  • Minor surgical procedures such as applying stitches, tending to cuts, or the insertion and removal of Implanon (contraceptive implant)
  • Dispensing of medication prescribed by campus healthcare professionals (no over-the-counter medication sales)
  • An range of affordable quick tests such as pregnancy, HIV, blood sugar, etc.
  • Daily laboratory service (blood and other specimens may be taken by a nurse during a consultation)

Please contact or visit your healthcare centre to find out more about specific payable services rendered, and about the costs involved for students, staff or visitors.

Free services may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Reproductive healthcare services (for example contraceptives)
  • Health education such as one-on-one talks, radio talks and education with regard to tuberculosis
  • Health screening for chronic conditions and chronic disease management (CCMDD programme) (terms and conditions apply)
  • Screening for blood pressure

Please contact or visit your healthcare centre to find out more about specific free services rendered.