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Make the Most of Your Appointment
Getting Ready for Your Appointment
All new patients will be required to complete health forms before seeing a healthcare provider. Please allow for time before your appointment to complete these forms. It is recommended you arrive 20 minutes early for your first appointment. It is important our staff and doctors know your health history to serve your medical needs.
Please bring the following to your appointment
Two forms of identification (driver’s license, State ID, Tribal ID, passport, government ID).
Current health insurance card.
A list of current medications including the dosage or bring the actual prescription bottles.
A list of other physicians or other locations of care you may currently be using.
Current immunization records.
Discharge paperwork from hospital visits.
5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Appointment
1. Be Early
Arrive 20 minutes early for your appointment. Doing so will give you plenty of time to check in and complete any needed paperwork before your appointment time. It also will help you get as much time with your doctor as possible.
2. Write your Questions Down
Before your appointment, write down any questions or concerns you want to talk about. These are too easy to forget if you try to rely on memory alone. Writing them down also helps you prioritize your questions so you’ll know what to ask first. Also, bring a list of all of your current medications, including herbs and dietary supplements — those count as medications.
3. Share your Family Health History
Be sure your family health history is up-to-date. Share any changes or new conditions of your family members with your doctor. Your family history is a very important tool for predicting your risk for disease.
It’s natural to be nervous or anxious when visiting a doctor, but remember that we are here to help you. Try to relax as much as possible. Some patients even suffer from white-coat hypertension, which means their blood pressure rises higher than normal when they are in the doctor’s office. When you arrive, take a few deep breaths and remember that your doctor is on your get-well and stay-well team.
5. Be Honest
Let’s be honest — many medical conditions are uncomfortable to discuss. But you should not be embarrassed to talk about anything with your doctor. Actually, leaving out details or lying to your doctor can be bad for your health because it affects your care, so tell your doctor everything. Honesty is definitely the best policy — especially for your health.
Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Public Health Service organization under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). NOAH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.