Tips to Schedule Your First Appointment

Patient & Visitor Information

Appointments for New Patients

Visiting a healthcare provider can be an intimidating and uncomfortable experience. Let us help alleviate some of the stress by sharing valuable tips to navigate your next appointment smoothly.

When scheduling your appointment, take a moment to jot down essential information. Include any details you need to discuss with the provider and a list of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, that you or your family member are currently taking. It’s crucial that we are aware of all the medications you use, so please don’t rely solely on your memory.

If the provider poses questions that might feel embarrassing or overly personal, remember that your candid responses enable your doctor to make accurate diagnoses and determine the most appropriate treatment. Honesty is key, so never feel shy or ashamed about providing necessary information. Don’t hesitate to seek clarification if something the provider says isn’t clear to you.

Make the most of the office personnel and medical assistants; they are valuable sources of information. Feel free to ask them questions and share any concerns you may have. Preparing in advance for your doctor visit is a crucial step in becoming an active participant in their healthcare journey. Our physicians welcome your active involvement in your health care.

Appointment Setting Tips

Once you’ve successfully completed the New Patient Registration, expect to receive a call within 1-2 business days from our dedicated New Patient Coordinator. Their primary goal is to assist you in scheduling your initial appointment.

During this conversation, the New Patient Coordinator will inquire about various aspects of your first appointment, including the specific symptoms you’re experiencing and the medications you are currently taking. This detailed information ensures that we have a comprehensive understanding of your healthcare needs and objectives for your initial visit.

When choosing your appointment date and time, please select a slot that aligns with your schedule and commitments. We highly recommend arriving at least 20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time for the first appointment. This extra time allows you to complete any necessary forms and ensures a smooth start to your healthcare journey

Before Your First Appointment

Ensure that your previous medical records from other healthcare providers are sent to our office. If you’re bringing in a pediatric patient, please remember to provide their immunization records.

  • Additionally, it’s beneficial to compile a list of questions you have for your healthcare provider.
  • Alongside this, make a comprehensive inventory of all your medications, including dosages, encompassing both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and also mention any known drug allergies you may have.

Day of Your Appointment

  • Identification and Insurance – Bring your ID and insurance card, unless you are self-pay.
  • Arrival Time – Arrive at least 20 minutes early to complete any additional forms.
  • Late Arrivals – If you are running late, please call ahead. We provide a 15-minute grace period, but arriving late may result in a longer wait time. We will do our best to accommodate your appointment and minimize the need for rescheduling.
  • Don’t Need It? Cancel it! – If you need to cancel or reschedule, kindly provide a 24-hour notice (the sooner the better). This allows us to offer the appointment time to another patient who may desperately need it.

During Your Appointment

  • Be honest with your provider and answer their questions as accurately as you can. There’s is no need to withhold vital health information from your healthcare provider.
  • Share you list of health questions and concerns with your provider.
  • Answer any questions that may arise during your visit to the best of your ability. It’s fine if you don’t have the answer immediately.
  • Be sure to take notes, if necessary, to remember instructions given to you by your provider or ask for written instructions.

After Your Appointment

  • Make sure you receive your prescription and understand the medication instructions.
  • Checkout at the front desk and schedule your next appointment if needed.
  • We hope these few tips help you get the most out of your first and all future appointments!

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