PREPARATION FOR YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
When preparing for your first appointment at Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, make certain to check with your insurance company to follow their rules for a specialist referral. It would facilitate your evaluation, if you would either bring or forward a copy of your medical records. You may need to sign a “Release of Medical Records” request form from your current doctor. This should be done ASAP. If the appointment is less than a week away you may want to ask your primary care physician for a copy of your medical records to hand carry to your first appointment.
Prior to your first appointment, you will receive a pre-visit notification on your cellphone that will ask for your medication, allergies, past medical and surgical history. Upon your arrival, you will be asked to enter this information into our digital check-in system.
A symptom diary is another way to provide in detail symptoms you have experienced over a period of weeks or months. Each entry may include a description of the symptoms, time of day the symptoms occurred, the amount of time the symptoms lasted, and anything that may have relieved the symptoms. This diary may include questions you want to be answered during your appointment.
Plan to arrive about 15 minutes early to your appointment to allow time for paperwork. Bring any medications, your insurance card and a photo identification to your appointment.