How to prepare for your first visit
When coming for your visit, try to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time to allow time to complete the necessary paperwork. It is also important to know that consultations and vary from patient to patient. This is to make sure you get the best possible diagnosis and a case-specific care plan mapped out that’s tailored to you.
Bring your health information
Before your visit, Be fully prepared for your visit by arranging and organizing all your health care information. You can arrange as much of the following information in a folder as possible and bring when coming for your visit:
- Allergies (if any).
- Extra copies of lab reports or test results obtained from your doctor or primary health provider.
- Treatments received with date and place.
- Surgeries or similar procedures with date and place.
- When you started encountering health problems.
- Notes about your health history.
- Any symptoms experienced before the visit.
- Current medications and conditions prescribed for.
- Family health history details (should include conditions grandparents, parents or siblings have had).
- Over-the-counter supplements you’re currently on if any, vaccines received, with when and where if any.
Get in and out of your appointment faster
One of the main reasons behind the extended wait time for new patients is getting through paperwork. Prior to beginning your evaluation, the doctors require information on your health history, along with other information for your account. This information is vital providing the best health care services possible.
To avoid the long wait and get in to see your doctor faster, download and complete the form below, and bring it with you to your first appointment.
Prepare your questions
Feel free to make a note of all your concerns in order to ask the attending doctor. Note that no question is regarded as a bad question, and the doctors would most certainly want to know all your concerns. So if you have any questions or your loved ones or family members have any, write them down and take them with you.
Bring your medications
Make a list of all medications when showing up for your visit, bring them if possible and keep them in their original containers to avoid any mix-up. They are very important to your health care and can influence any care decisions to be made after the doctor has reviewed them.
Bring identification, insurance and other information
It is important to come with the following information, and anything else you think may be necessary, for your visit
- Social security number
- Picture identification, such as a driver’s license
- Call your insurance company before your appointment to advise them of your visit to obtain any needed authorization.
- Bring a copy of your health insurance card
- Names, numbers, and addresses of other doctors treating you, or referred you