Prepare For Your Appointment

You are the most important person on your medical team

You know your body best, so speak up, be confident, and tell your doctor if something is wrong. Your observations can make a big difference in your medical care.

Your time with your doctor is very important to your health. Plan ahead to make the most of your visit.

Before Your Appointment

The more information you can give your doctor, the better he or she can address your health concerns.

  • Track Your Symptoms. Keep notes on your symptoms. What’s bothering you? When do symptoms appear? And what, if anything, makes them better or worse?
  • List Your Medications. Provide your doctor with a list of all your medications and dosages, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
  • Record Your Family Health History. At your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a personal and family health history. Be prepared to list your past surgeries. Whenever possible, report any serious illnesses that have affected close family members (parents, siblings, and grandparents).
  • Consider Your Health Habits. Your doctor will ask about your health habits including how much you sleep and exercise, your diet, and how much you drink.
  • Plan Your Discussion. Make a note of any health concerns you want to discuss with your doctor, and have a clear idea of what you’d like your doctor to do for you.

You should also plan to bring any relevant insurance information, a photo I.D., and information from any referring physicians.

  • Photo identification, such as a driver’s license, military or government issued card
  • All insurance cards
  • Medicare or Medicaid cards, if applicable
  • Employer information for worker's compensation claims
  • Responsible party information (person responsible for the bill)
  • Your referring physician’s full name, address and phone number, if applicable

During Your Appointment

Help your doctor by sharing any information that might be relevant to your health. Ask as many questions as you need to so you can understand your diagnosis, how to treat your problem, and how you can prevent it from occurring again.

Find out if you are expected to see the doctor again for a follow-up visit.  And be sure you understand the possible side effects for any medication your doctor prescribes.

After Your Appointment

Follow your doctor’s advice, and always take medications as prescribed. Call your doctor’s office if you feel worse or if you are unclear about any instructions.

Remember, you play the most important role in caring for your health.

Preparing for Surgery

If you are planning to have surgery at Aurora BayCare, you’ll need your photo I.D. and insurance info (as listed above).  You may also need to bring some additional information, such as:

  • Emergency contact information
  • Pre-authorization from your insurance company
  • A copy of your advance directive

For your comfort, remember to pack the following personal items:

  • Hearing aids and extra batteries
  • Assistive devices (walker, cane)
  • Shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, denture cup, comb or brush, shaver
  • Your favorite slippers and robe
  • Reading material (books, magazines)

Cell phones may be used in patient rooms. Free wi-fi is available throughout the hospital.

Aurora BayCare cannot be responsible for loss or damage to personal property.  If you are planning an overnight stay, please do not bring jewelry, large amounts of cash, or other valuables.