Preparing for Your First Appointment

Preparing for Your First Appointment

Your Guthrie physician will need to review any tests, procedures, or treatments that you may have had. If you are already a Guthrie patient, your physician has access to your electronic medical record. If you have had treatment elsewhere, you will need to bring the following to your first appointment. If you wish, our team can assist you in gathering this information to prepare for the first appointment.

Medical Summary

This is a description written by your physician detailing your medical problems and the treatment you have received. A medical summary will be needed from your primary physician and any specialist you have seen.

Your Medication

Please be sure to bring a list of all medications you take, including those prescribed by physicians and those you buy over the counter. This should include any vitamins or herbal products you take. The medication list should indicate the following information:

  • the name of each medicine.
  • the dose you take.
  • how often you take it.

Diagnostic Tests

Diagnostic tests include X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, bone scans, stress tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms. The images may be on disc or on film.

To obtain radiology tests:

  • Contact the hospital or radiology center where the images were taken.
  • Request for the images and a written report on disc. If the images are not available on disc, then ask for the actual films.

Pathology Slides from Any Biopsies or Surgical Procedures

If you had a biopsy or surgery at another facility, please contact that office to request slides and a copy of the written report.

Insurance Card

We will need the name of your health insurance company, along with other information that appears on your health insurance card. In addition, please bring a photo ID. If you are covered by more than one insurer, please bring both cards.

Other Ways to Prepare for Your Appointment Include:

  • Arrange for a friend or family member to come with you. You will receive a lot of information and it is helpful to have someone else there to take notes.
  • Write down any questions you may think of before your first visit. Bring these with you. All questions are welcomed.