ADVICE FOR ALL CARE PATIENTS:
Making the appointment:
Call first to make an appointment after your initial intake. Please call and schedule an appointment rather than walk-in.
Preparing for the visit:
Medications: Bring all of the medications you are taking with you. Bring the actual containers of the medications or a list of the medicatiosn including the dosage and the number of times a day the medications are taken. This includes over-the-counter medications.
List of Concerns: Prior to the visit, write a list of the issues that you have and would like to discuss with your health care provider.
Family/Friend: It may be helpful to bring a family member or friend with you to the clinic.
Arriving at the clinic:
Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment in order to fill out necessary paperwork. This paperwork may also be completed beforehand by accessing it on the website or receiving it by mail.
Beginning the exam:
Blood pressure and weight measurements are taken at every visit. They are good screening tests and important to have in order to prescribe certain medicines, as well as make good judgments about your care.
If any time during the visit (or after the visit) you do not understand something, make sure to ask questions. The Health Center providers and nursing staff are available to answer questions that you may have. It is important to understand and be informed about issues surrounding your health.
After the Visit:
Your health care provider will tell you if you need a lab visit or other diagnostic tests like a urine test or toxicology screening. He or she will also tell you when you should return to the clinic for your next follow-up visit.