prepare for a visit

As a patient, if you are having an outpatient procedure or test performed, you should consult with your physician or healthcare team to receive the proper steps to prepare for your visit.

When should I arrive?

For outpatient visits, patients should plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early, so that you won't be rushed as you park and come into the hospital. This will also allow us more time to process any paperwork, insurance and billing information correctly.

To make your visit easier, remember to bring:
  • Your health insurance card.

  • A picture identification, such as a driver's license.

  • Referral and/or authorization forms, if required by your insurance company.

To prepare for your hospital visit it is also important to:
  • Bring all insurance cards. Bring a driver’s license or a photo I.D. card.

  • Bring a list of all your medicines, but please leave the medicine at home. The list should include over the counter presecriptions, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • Bring a list of all your doctors and what you see them for.

  • Bring names and phone numbers of your caregiver, family, and close friends in case you need to call them from the hospital phone.

  • Bring a pen and pad to take notes.

  • Leave all valuables at home, such as money, jewelry, or watches.

Items to Bring For Your Personal Comfort and Relaxation:
  • Books, puzzles, personal electronics. Be sure your name is on everything.

  • Glasses, hearing aides with extra batteries, and dentures with adhesive should have a case clearly marked with your name.