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Checklist for your first appointment
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Please use this checklist to prepare for your first visit to the neurosurgeon or endocrinologist.
Two weeks before your first appointment
Make sure you have:
- Brought the CD-ROM of your MRI to your Neurosurgeon or Endocrinologist. If your MRI was not done at St. Michael’s Hospital, you will need to get the CD-ROM from the film library of the Radiology Department at the hospital where you did your MRI.
- Completed all of your blood tests at St. Michael's Hospital in the morning between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
- Completed your visual tests and the results were sent to your Neurosurgeon or Endocrinologist.
- Completed all special tests that were arranged for you.
- Made sure that notes from any other doctors and specialists were faxed to your neurosurgeon or endocrinologist.
- Know the names and addresses of all your doctors, including eye doctors.
- Made a list of all of your medicine and allergies.
- Made a list of all of your questions and thoroughly read this brochure/website content.
One week before your first appointment
The Endocrinology Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital at 416-867-3679. If you do not speak English, please tell the office when you confirm your appointment. Interpreters are free for those who need them. Arrange to bring a family member or friend with you. Note: The office needs to book interpreters in advance.
On the day of your first appointment
Bring the following:
- All of your medicine and vitamins in their bottles.
- Health card or proof of other insurance.
- A family member or friend.
- Something to do in case you are waiting for a long time.
- A list of your questions.
- Bring your CD-ROM of your MRI.
Before you leave your first appointment, make sure you are clear about:
- Whether or not you are having surgery.
- Other tests that you need to do and who is arranging them.
- If you need any changes in your medicine.
- If you need any other appointments such as: ENT, Neuro-ophthalmology, CT scan, or radiation.
After your first appointment
If you are having surgery:
- You will get a phone call within one to two weeks of your appointment. We will tell you the date we propose for your surgery and any other testing or appointments.
- Read the information booklet or website content again.
- Stop smoking right away to prevent complications after your surgery.
- Undertake a regular exercise program to prepare for surgery and see your family doctor to make sure your general health is in order.
- Stop taking Aspirin or Clopidogrel (Plavix®) at least one week before surgery if this is okay with your family doctor. This will prevent abnormal bleeding during your surgery.
- Go to your appointment with the pre-admission facility.
If you are not having surgery:
Ask your Endocrinologist or referring family doctor about any questions you may have.
Page last updated: November 22, 2016