Be Prepared For Your Visit

A visit to the doctor’s office is important. Follow these tips to be sure you are prepared to meet with your provider and care team.

1. Plan Ahead

Consider what you want to get out of the visit and ask relevant questions when booking your appointment.

  • Monitor how you are feeling between visits to the doctor. Know yourself and advocate for yourself. 
  • It can be difficult to get an answer to a question you forgot to ask following your visit.
2. Arrive Early

Arriving at least 15 minutes before your appointment ensures you will have enough time to check-in and complete registration forms. 

3. Prepare a List

Know what you want to get out of your visit. Make a list of questions, comments, or concerns you want to address with your doctor. You can also include a list of medications and dosages you are currently taking, their name, dosage, and frequency. If you have allergies, you should also make a list of them.

  • CLICK HERE for a personal health journal you might want to consider. Bring it with you. Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
  • The Provider will also discuss some concerns, such as recommended health screenings.
4. Bring Important Documents

Bring your ID, insurance cards, medications, and prescription renewal forms if your doctor asks for them.

  • If you have the MyChart app on your phone or computer, try to do your registration online, but always bring the documentation with you.
5. Be Honest 

Be direct, honest, and specific when recounting your symptoms or expressing your concerns.

  • Ask questions until you are sure you understand what you are being told by the care team.
  • Tell your Provider about appointments with other doctors or specialists and Emergency Room visits.
  • Be open about your mental health and if there has been a change to family history.
6. Consider Bringing a Companion

You can ask a family member or friend to come with you. Having someone with you may help calm your nerves.

7. Be Prepared to See and Hear Clearly 

Make sure you can see and hear as well as possible. Wear your glasses and hearing aids if you have them.

8. Request an Interpreter 

If you need one, you can request an interpreter.

Do not wait to schedule your appointment.

Kenosha Community Health Center has many appointment options in Kenosha and Silver Lake to meet your needs.