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After Hours Care

Are we closed? Do you feel like you need a doctor?

  • For ON-Campus medical emergencies, dial ext. 6000 (713-348-6000) 
  • For OFF-campus medical emergencies, dial 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room 

On-line Diagnoses

An excellent set of self-care flowcharts is available at  Familydoctor.org; provided by the American Academy of Family Practice. (Once there, direct your browser to the tab marked "Self-care"). These charts are categorized by symptoms and will help you identify what is wrong and what to do about it. Many times the answers to your medical problem can be found here.

Are We Booked?

What to do if you feel you need an appointment and we are all booked up:

The most common reason students seek health care is for "colds" (viral upper respiratory infections). During certain times of the year, the demand for appointments greatly exceeds the availability. Given that there is no cure for the common cold we ask that students consider self-treatment for these types of illnesses. Additionally, we have cold self-care kits, which students can obtain by walking-in and requesting.


Nurse line information is provided for your information and the providers are not affiliated with Rice University.

  • Memorial Hermann Nurse line - 713-338-7979 or 1-855-577-7979  (24 hours/7 days a week)
  • Telephone Triage 24 hour line: 1-800-556-1555(provided by Aetna Student Health Insurance - can ONLY BE USED BY AETNA STUDENT HEALTH INSURED STUDENTS) 
  • Call your own healthcare insurance nurse line - check your insurance card or call member services.
  • Seek health care off-campus 

If you decide to seek off-campus health care, there are many options in the area. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to understand the details of their particular health insurance policy (e.g., costs, limitations, etc.) Don't forget to bring your student ID and health insurance card with you. 

Emergency Care

For on-campus emergencies, please call ext. 6000.  
Note: the listings below do not constitute an endorsement. The clinics, pharmacies and hospitals presented have no contractual, or any other type of, relationship with Rice University or the physicians at Student Health.

Emergency Rooms

 Name  Phone           Address  Description
 Kirby Emergency Care Center  713-441-3724  2615 Southwest Freeway .
 Methodist Hospital  713-790-3311   6565 Fannin Street  
 Memorial Hermann
 Emergency Room 
 713-704-4000                6411 Fannin Street  
 St. Luke's Episcopal
 Hospital Community
 Emergency Centers 
 832-355-1000                6720 Bertner Ave.

 E.R. Co-payment applies.
 Exact charges vary based on health insurance plan.
 It is helpful to take photo ID, and health insurance card.
 No appointment necessary for ER. Open 24/7 holidays.

   832-355-7525   2727 W. Holcombe Blvd Ave.
 (near Kirby) 
 Kelsey-Seybold building
 Near the Bellaire, West University area

 713-972-8300   6363 San Felipe  Galleria/Tanglewood area
 Elite Care 24-Hour
 Emergency Center
 713-527-4400    2500 Rice Blvd.  

  Trauma Centers

Name   Phone  Address  More information
 Hermann Hospital 713-704-4000    6411 Fannin Street
  Map it!
 Level I trauma center, across the street from Rice. 
 Also the nearest Life Flight station.
 Ben Taub  713-873-2000 

 1504 Taub Loop
  Map it!

 County Hospital with a Level I trauma center.  
 Park Plaza Hospital 713-527-5000   1313 Hermann Drive
  Map it! 
 Level II trauma center.

Outpatient Clinics

 Name  Phone  Address  Description
 Take Care Health Clinics  866-825-3227  Multiple locations   
 Baylor Family Medicine
 Express Care Center
 713-798-9355  6620 Main St., 12th Floor, Suite 1250    
 Kelsey-Seybold Clinic    713-442-0000  2727 W. Holcombe

 Check your network.
 This is a multi-specialty clinic with
 physicians, radiology, a lab, and a pharmacy.
 Open M-F from 8 am - 5 pm.

 Methodist Primary Care Clinic  713-441-4333  6550 Fannin Street
 11th floor Smith Tower
 MedSpring Urgent Care  832-260-0650  1917 Gray Street  Open daily from 9 am - 9 pm.
 Urgent Care for Kids
 (up to age 21)
 713-522-6800   5215 Kirby Drive, Suite B    Website at www.urgentcarekids.com

Local Pharmacies

  • CVS: Main @ Kirby (713) 660-8934 or Kirby @ Bolsover (713) 522-3983
  • Walgreen's: Medical Center (Rainbow bldg) 6400 Fannin 713-799-2459 or Montrose @ Hawthorne (713) 520-7777
  • Doyles: 2425 Sunset (713) 526-1771. Free delivery service available. Email is  doylepharm@aol.com
  • St. Luke's: 6624 Fannin (832) 355-8444
  • Target: 8500 Main St. (713) 661-8213
  • HPB Pharmacy: Hermann Professional Bldg - 6410 Fannin Ste 116 (713) 799-1472
  • Kroger's: 7747 Kirby Drive (713) 661-7440
  • Scurlock Tower Pharmacy: 6560 Fannin (713) 790-6350


Browse the  American Dental Association directory to find an ADA member dentist in your area. For more information on specific dental concerns, visit this  A-Z glossary brought to you by the American Dental Association.

Use the Greater Houston Dental Society's  list for licensed dentists in the Houston Area. You'll want to contact the dentist's office directly to determine cost for services. You may qualify for assistance if you can prove you are a full time student.