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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Completed all of your blood tests at St. Michael's Hospital in the morning between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
  3. Completed your visual tests and the results were sent to your Neurosurgeon or Endocrinologist.
  4. Completed all special tests that were arranged for you.
  5. Made sure that notes from any other doctors and specialists were faxed to your neurosurgeon or endocrinologist.
  6. Know the names and addresses of all your doctors, including eye doctors.
  7. Made a list of all of your medicine and allergies.
  8. 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. ┬áIf 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:

  1. All of your medicine and vitamins in their bottles.
  2. Health card or proof of other insurance.
  3. A family member or friend.
  4. Something to do in case you are waiting for a long time.
  5. A list of your questions.
  6. Bring your CD-ROM of your MRI.

Before you leave your first appointment, make sure you are clear about:

  1. Whether or not you are having surgery.
  2. Other tests that you need to do and who is arranging them.
  3. If you need any changes in your medicine.
  4. If you need any other appointments such as: ENT, Neuro-ophthalmology, CT scan, or radiation.

After your first appointment

If you are having surgery:

  1. 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.
  2. Read the information booklet or website content again.
  3. Stop smoking right away to prevent complications after your surgery.
  4. Undertake a regular exercise program to prepare for surgery and see your family doctor to make sure your general health is in order.
  5. 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.
  6. 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