Enter the Hospital
The main entrance opens to the hospital lobby on the ground floor. In the middle of the lobby is the information desk. Stop there to have your parking ticket validated. If a wheelchair is needed, ask one of the transportation staff at the front door to provide one. If you are a visitor, a staff member at the information desk can help you locate a patient's hospital room or check a patient's status.
Register and Get Your ID Card
Check in at the Patient Access Department (Registration) located in the lobby. A patient access staff member will greet you, ask if you have brought radiology films or slides and the list of your physicians. You will be given a pager that will alert you when your patient access representative is ready to meet with you. The representative will then:
- ask for your health and prescription insurance information
- provide you with your patient identification card
- provide you with health care proxy and advance directive forms, if you need them
- direct you to your appointment and center
If you have questions or issues regarding your health insurance coverage or possible discounted rates, ask to speak to a financial counselor.
Have Your Blood Tested, if Required
The patient access representative will let you know if you need blood tests, and will direct you to the Phlebotomy (blood test) Department located in the north clinic hallway. Access to this hallway is through the set of double doors just beyond the main bank of public elevators.
Proceed to Your Designated Center
The letter you received from us explained which Ambulatory Center you are to report to on your first visit. Proceed to that center, which will be located on the ground floors 1, 2, or 3. Ask any staff member or volunteer you see in the lobby for directions and assistance.
Check-in at Your Center
Once you arrive at your center, check in with the receptionist. She will let the nurse assigned to your doctor know that you are here.
If you would like to visit other areas of the hospital while you wait, ask the receptionist for a pager. You will be notified when your doctor is ready to see you.
Meet with Your Health Care Team
Before you meet with your doctors, your nurse will conduct an assessment examination and ask about your medications, allergies and symptoms. The nurse may then direct you back to the waiting room and will call for you as soon s the next exam room is available. Once you are in the exam room, you will meet your nurse practitioner or physician assistant and then your doctor. Your doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical examination, and review your diagnostic test results and past medical records. He or she will discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have. If you need more diagnostic testing, the center staff will assist you in scheduling these tests.
Your doctor also will explain the next step in your treatment process. This may include additional doctor visits as well as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Whatever the next step may be, your doctor will arrange and monitor your care and be available to answer your questions. If you need to change your doctor's appointment, call your center.
When You Have Questions
Whenever you have questions about your cancer care and treatment at Roswell Park, call your center. If you have any questions or problems during the evenings, weekends or holidays, call (716) 845-2300 and ask to speak to the physician on call for your center.