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Preparing for Your Visit

Is this the first time visiting us? Well, don't worry. This handy guide will prepare you.

Patient Checklist

Before Your Visit:

  • Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
  • Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.
  • Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test reports from other physicians or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results).
  • Check with your insurance provider to see if a referral is needed.
  • Call before your visit to tell the office if you have special needs.
  • Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.

During Your Visit:

  • Go over your list of questions.
  • If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
  • Take notes and listen carefully.
  • Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
  • Talk about all new medications.
  • Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.
  • Describe any allergies.
  • Tell your physician if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.
  • Let your physician know if you are being treated by other physicians.

After Your Visit:

  • Prepare for any tests your physician orders. 
  • Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results. 
  • Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your physician’s office.
  • Call your physician’s office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to.

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