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For Patients and Families

Appointments

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a physician at the San Francisco VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence, please communicate with your local primary care physician or neurologist.  When appropriate, they will start the referral process to have you seen at our clinic.
Please collect all pertinent, and recent clinical notes, lab and test results prior to visit with us. (Please do not send in any films or CDs.  Always keep the originals with you.)


What to Bring

In order to expedite your check-in time and to provide your physician with all necessary information to properly diagnose and to treat you, the follow list is provided to help you remember what you should bring with you to your appointment:
- A Completed "Neurology - New Patient Profile" questionnaire form.
- All pertinent and recent clinical notes, lab and test results, radiological images.
- List of current medication, dosage and frequency


What to Expect

Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time or earlier.  This will ensure that you have the maximum amount of time to visit with your physician.

When you arrive at the clinic, please check in at the front desk.  The staff will assist in processing your paperwork, and will alert your physician of your arrival.  You will be scheduled to meet with one physician who will detail your medical history and will perform a complete neurological examination.  New patient visits are typically allotted approximately one hour per visit, although this may be tailored depending on the complexity of your medical history.  Family members are encouraged to attend the visit.

At the end of your visit, your physician will tell you their opinion and will educate you about your particular condition.  If further testing is necessary, he or she will outline a plan and will schedule a follow-up visit to review the results.  If treatment is warranted, your physician will present the options and discuss the details with you.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask during and at the end of the visit.

After your visit, if you have forgotten any information or have more questions, you may contact the Epilepsy Center at 415-379-5599.  When you call, be sure to reference the physician with whom you visited.

Directions to the San Francisco VA Medical Center