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Getting The Most From Your Visit

Everyone involved with your medical care wants you to understand your illness and to know why tests and procedures are ordered. So, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. It’s very important that you let your health care providers know if you do not understand something.

Prior to your appointment, you may receive instructions about preparing for a test or procedure. Be sure to carefully read and follow the instructions so your appointment can begin on schedule.

Here are some other suggestions to help you get the most from your visit:

  • Prepare a list of your primary problems and concerns. This will help you remember details and help you focus your conversation with your health care provider.
  • Arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for parking and check in.
  • Bring all of your medication containers.
  • Wear casual clothing during your visit. A light sweater may help you feel more comfortable in some areas of the clinic. Wear comfortable shoes as well.
  • Leave all jewelry at home. You may be asked to remove jewelry for certain procedures.
  • Before you leave, make sure you have a clear understanding of what your health care provider discussed during your visit.
  • Follow the instructions provided by your health care provider.

At the end of each visit, you will receive a summary of your care. This summary will include the reason for your visit, any medical problems and/or allergies, follow-up instructions, upcoming appointments and a list of your current medications.

Your Health Care Team

VCU Medical Center physicians are among the best in the nation. They are responsible for your examination, diagnosis and treatment. Your physician will discuss with you which procedures and tests may be necessary.

During your visit with the physician, you may have contact with other members of the health care team. Team members may include nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, technologists, social workers and other specialists. Since VCU Medical Center is an academic training hospital, you may be seen by residents who are physicians receiving extra training and expertise.

No two patient visits are alike. The length of your visit will depend on the amount of time your health care provider requires to ask questions or examine you. We want to be sure to address all your medical needs. Additional time may be required if your physician wants to schedule a diagnostic procedure or laboratory test.