Prepare for a Medical Visit

Sometimes a serious injury or illness means an unexpected trip to the Emergency Department. Here you'll find information to help answer your questions and alleviate your concerns beforehand.

Top Four Tips:

  1. Bring a friend or family member – Someone who can help describe symptoms, recount family/medical history, drive you to and from the Emergency Department and watch your children, if necessary.
  2. Know your stuff – You likely will be asked about any allergies you may have, current medications, family and personal medical history and immunization history. It is important to come ready with as much of this information as possible so you can be treated as timely and effectively as possible. A great tip is to write this down in advance and have a copy with you (in your wallet, purse or another safe place.) Also, don’t forget to bring your photo identification and insurance information.
  3. Ask questions – If you are able, write down questions before seeing your physician. It is often easy to forget them in the moment. Also, make sure to follow up with the emergency staff with any additional questions during or after your visit. It is very important that you fully understand your diagnosis and treatment plan.
  4. Follow up with your primary care doctor – Once you leave the Emergency Department, you will likely be advised to check in with your primary care provider. This is a very important step to ensure your provider stays up to date on your health and medical history, and to ensure you manage your care after you leave the hospital.