You can do several things to prepare for your first appointment.
Make a list of your medications. It is important for your health care team to know about any medications you are taking. You can make a list of the medications you are taking or bring in the medications in their original packaging.
For each type of medication, you need to know:
Gather your medical information from your doctor. Your family physician or other referring doctor may give you a package that includes a CD or DVD of your medical images (x-rays, CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds). If you have this package, it is very important to bring this CD or DVD with you to your first appointment.
It is also important to collect from your doctor any information about your medical history that could be important. This includes information about previous operations, heart attacks, strokes and allergies. If you’re not sure, ask your doctor what kind of details you should gather and bring with you.
Know where to go. Review directions to the hospital to feel confident about your trip before you leave for your appointment. You can find this information in
Maps & Directions.
Each of our hospitals has an Information Desk. The staff at the info desk will be happy to show you where you need to go.
Think about what questions to ask. Some people want to learn a great deal about their condition but others are more comfortable knowing only what they have to know. Make a list of questions you want to ask so that you can get a good picture of your situation without being overwhelmed.
To make your first appointment as easy as possible, do the following:
Unless you have been told otherwise, you are allowed to eat before your appointment.
Your first visit to the hospital will be a consultation. Your doctor will examine you and decide on the best way to treat you. You may wish to wear comfortable clothing that is easy to change into and out of.
It is unusual to receive treatment during your first visit, but it sometimes happens. If your doctor recommends that you have treatment on your first visit, he or she will discuss this with you during your appointment.
At UHN, you will be cared for by a team of health professionals, not just one doctor. The number and type of professionals on your health care team depends on your individual circumstances.
Each clinic at UHN is different, and may have its own specific instructions for your visit.
Find your clinic here to learn more about what you can expect.
Your visit could last several hours. Some things that can affect the length of your visit are the types of testing that need to be done and how many members of your health care team you meet.
There are lots of things you can do to get the most out of your appointment:
The hospitals of the University Health Network are teaching hospitals. Each year, thousands of people come to learn and work at UHN. This means that medical students, residents or fellows may be present during your meetings with team members. Likewise, your team may include nurses, researchers, pharmacists, social workers and other health care professionals who are gaining practical experience at UHN. These health care professional trainees work under the guidance and supervision of qualified doctors and teachers. Your doctor or other member of your health care team will tell you when a health care professional trainee will be present and participating in your care. You will be given information about the procedures a health care professional trainee will participate in and be asked for your consent.
If you are not comfortable giving your consent, you can just tell your doctor or a member of your health care team. This will not affect your care and treatment at UHN.