Our office works on an appointment system, but it is our policy to see patients who are ill whenever they need to be seen, as indicated by the clinical situation.

If it is necessary to break or change an appointment, please do so as early as possible.

Answering questions about health concerns is one of our jobs and you should not feel reluctant to telephone questions to our office. A member of the health care team will take the information, relay each question to the appropriate team member and will return the call as quickly as possible.

Most non-urgent calls will be returned after the morning or afternoon’s patient schedule has been completed.

A fee may be charged for telephone calls which require professional time for diagnosis, interpretation of test results, changes in treatment, or consultation with family or other health care providers.

Your First Office Visit

At the first office visit our usual procedure includes a complete history and physical examination by a physician and a variety of laboratory tests. The first visit therefore involves more time and expense than the usual follow-up visits. After the first visit we frequently assume responsibility for continued medical care. In the situation of consultation with another physician, we report our findings and recommendations to the referring physician, who continues the primary care and treatment.

On The Day Of Your Appointment

Forms: If forms have been mailed to you prior to your first office visit, please fill them out and bring them to your appointment. We recommend that patients arrive about 30 minutes before the first appointment in order to complete registration forms, to arrange for payment, and to identify their insurance carriers.

Information: Please bring all pertinent medical records, medications you have been taking, information about allergies, and health insurance information at the first visit. The insurance information should include names and addresses of insurance companies, policy numbers, and your insurance identification card.

Schedule: Up to an hour of your doctor’s time and the time of his staff has been reserved for your visit. If you cannot make this appointment, please let us know a few days in advance so that another patient can be seen.

Dietary: Unless you have been given specific instructions by a member of our staff, eat your usual meals and take your usual medications before your first office visit. Adequate facilities for snacks and meals are available in the Medical Plaza. Smoking is not permitted in our office, in the elevators, or in the hospital.

Routine Office Visits

You can help the health care team provide you with better care by preparing for each office visit. Make notes about any questions or problems you want to discuss. Please bring your blood sugar meter and any blood sugar logs you have to EVERY office visit. Bring all of your medications in their bottles, even the ones prescribed by other physicians so that we can check for any drug interactions.

. Prescriptions should be renewed at the time of office visits, avoiding the need for a pharmacist to telephone the office. Please tell the medical assistant which prescriptions need to be rewritten.