Check-up: Interesting Things You Need to Know

In Stardew Valley, Harvey is the go-to spot for non-playable characters for their health concerns. There are healing items available for purchase at his clinic, and you’ve likely encountered him numerous times when you passed out. But did you know that there’s an in-game check-up scene that you can access? Read this guide if you’re interested in unlocking this quick cutscene. 

The player showing an inside-look on Harvey's clinic
Inside Harvey’s clinic in Stardew Valley

Harvey happens to be the only doctor in town and has two excellent tonics available for restoring your health and stamina. Although it is a costly item, it’s worth getting if you have extra gold.

NPCs visit him once a year for their medical examination. So, you might be wondering why your player isn’t able to have regular check-ups with him? Similarly, why isn’t there a dialogue box or selection choice for scheduling an appointment?

Fortunately, the game includes a little bonus for you in the form of a Four-Heart cutscene event with the doctor. For those interested in learning how it works, check out this guide, and we’ll teach you exactly what to do.

How to activate the check-up scene?


To activate the check-up cut scene, you must gift Harvey consistently until you reach a four-heart friendship. The doctor loves many items, including pickled food, super meal, rabbit’s foot, truffle oil, prismatic shard, wine, but most of all, coffee!

Once you reach two hearts with him, you’ll receive a quick cutscene of Harvey doing a home consultation.

Harvey's check-up scene and dialogue when he visits George for a medical appointment
Harvey instructs George to look after his health in this scene.

Meanwhile, having a 4-heart friendship unlocks the check-up scene in his clinic.

The check-up scene shows the player three options to interact with
Choose your response carefully, as one of the options will result in a loss of -50 friendship points.

How important is the check-up? 

The drawback of the doctor’s appointment in Stardew Valley is its purpose. The check-up sequence is purely for the player’s benefit upon attaining a particular relationship status, which isn’t valuable to your gameplay overall.

When your character becomes fatigued or passes out, you’ll receive a letter the following day informing that you’ve been taken and returned home after treatment. 

The letter from doctor Harvey says he charged the character 1,000g
Even if you marry Harvey, he will continue to bill you for medical expenses.

While if you deplete your energy levels in the Skull Cavern, you’ll most likely wake up in Harvey’s clinic. That’s 1,000g or 10% of your earnings deducted for medical bills.

Harvey's dialogue when the player passes out in the Skull Cavern
Fun Fact: If you passed out with no gold, Morris might have found you incapacitated and covered your medical bills for free because of legal obligation.

Nonetheless, you may restore your health and energy by consuming any food items. This is where Harvey’s tonics come into play. The muscle remedy provides +22 health and +50 energy while also removing the exhaustion indicator. 

On the other hand, energy tonic gives you +500 energy and +200 health.

However, each remedy costs 1,000g, which is absurdly expensive given that the energy tonic can be obtained as a gift from Pam, found in the Skull Cavern, or looted from Iridium bats.

Moreover, you can substitute the overpriced remedy with dishes you can cook twice or three times in equivalent. For instance, a bean hotpot provides +125 energy and 56+ health, with +30 maximum energy and +32 magnetism. And to triple its healing effects, all you need to do is consume three-bean hotpots.

Apart from buying instant treatment, what other options does he offer? Sadly, the answer is not so much.

Yearly Check-ups

Every NPC has a doctor’s appointment scheduled on a specific day. You can get all the information you need about their yearly physical exam right below.

The player shows Harvey with Sam for his annual consultation
A picture of Sam at Harvey’s clinic for his annual medical examination
Abigail12:30 pm – 4:00 pm4Sr
Alex10:30 am – 4:00 pm16S
Caroline12:00 pm – 4:00 pm25F
Clint10:30 am – 4:00 pm16W
Demetrius8:20 am – 4:00 pm25S
Elliott10:30 am – 4:00 pm9S
Emily10:30 am – 4:00 pm11W
Evelyn10:30 am – 4:00 pm2All
 10:40 am – 4:10 pm (with George)23All
George10:30 am – 4:00 pm23All
Gus10:30 am – 4:00 pm4F
Haley10:30 am – 4:00 pm9W
Jas10:30 am – 4:00 pm18W
Jodi11:30 am – 4:00 pm (with Vincent)11Sr  
 11:30 am – 4:00 pm18Sr 
Leah10:30 am – 4:00 pm16S
Lewis10:30 am – 4:00 pm9F
Marnie10:30 am – 4:00 pm18F
 10:30 am – 4:00 pm (with Jas) W
Pam11:30 am – 4:00 pm25Sr
Penny11:30 am – 4:00 pm4W
Robin8:00 am – 4:00 pm18S
Sam11:30 am – 4:00 pm11F
Sebastian10:00 am – 4:00 pm4S
Willy10:10 am – 4:00 pm9Sr
Vincent11:30 am – 4:00 pm (with Jodi)11Sr

Final Thoughts

As much as you want to have frequent medical sessions, the game can only offer you a brief cutscene of the medical appointment. However, this heart event can be a great thing for those who want to further their relationship with Harvey!

Meet the author

Dennyvie is a BS Medical Laboratory Science student who dreams to become a physician and a published author someday. In her spare time, she spends hours playing Stardew Valley, which has become a safe space for her.

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