Medical Services are provided by UTMB physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, and other health care ancillary staff. Specialty consultations are available as required. UTMB is contracted to provide a level of health care consistent with community standards, in a timely fashion. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Routine sick call will not be provided on official holidays. On those days, emergency services, insulin clinics and pill windows are provided.
Sick-call triage slips are provided on the unit. An inmate may fill out the slip at his convenience and take it with him to sick-call triage. This allows for privacy and it speeds up the sick call sign-up process in the mornings.
Inmates working during the triage who desire access to sick call will inform their supervisor of their illness, and the supervisor will make arrangements with the health services staff. A sick-call appointment will be made and the inmate will be responsible for attending the appointment. It is the responsibility of the inmate to seek dismissal in sufficient time to attend sick call. Inmates should report to the Health Services Unit prior to their appointed time, or have their supervisor notify health services staff of the reason for the delay. The inmate is required to present his inmate identification card as a means of positive identification when utilizing any service provided by the HSU, i.e., medications or other medical care.
Inmates who become ill after the sick-call triage period should request that their work supervisor or Unit Officer call the HSU for an urgent appointment. Inmates will not be seen without staff advising the Health Services Unit that an emergency exists. Inmates in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) are provided routine sick call once daily by a member of the health services staff.
Emergency Medical Treatment
A complete physical examination is available every two years for all inmates less than 50 years of age, and yearly for those inmates more than 50 years of age. You should send a cop-out to request a physical. You may request a release medical evaluation, if you have not had one within one year prior to your release date. Submit your request at least two months prior to your release date.
Over-the-counter medications are available for purchase at the commissary. Inmates should follow the instructions found on the medication packaging.
Immunizations -Routine immunizations are given according to recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Upon request, you will be furnished with a copy of your immunization record for your use following your release from prison. Some testing is mandatory to prevent the spread of airborne diseases, and will be given on a yearly basis.
Inmate Copayment Program
You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services, charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you are found responsible through the Disciplinary Hearing Process to have injured an inmate who, as a result of the injury, requires a health care visit. If you are considered indigent, which is an inmate who has not had a trust fund account balance of $6.00 for the past 30 days, you will not have the co-pay fee deducted from your Inmate Commissary Account.
Over-the-Counter Medications Program
During institution sick-call triage, medical staff will refer inmates to the commissary in response to complaints related to cosmetic and general hygiene issues or symptoms of minor medical ailments.