Tips for your first Mayo Clinic visit and tests/appt schedules

Posted by jillnc @jillnc, Mar 21, 2017

I was asked by @colleenyoung to post some info I shared in another group. When you go for your initial visit if you are on a timeline and have to leave on a certain date be sure to tell the first dr you visit with. They still might not be able to get everything they want done, but at least they will know and if there are some tests or appts more important then others hopefully they’d be able to schedule those first. While not ideal I would say most tests can be done elsewhere (such as at home dr/hospital) if absolutely necessary and results sent back to mayo drs. Just remember you have options and ask what they are or even suggest ones and see what happens. My second tip is be sure that when you get your schedule of tests and appts you can always go to the desk the appt is scheduled for and see if you can get it moved up. I had tests over 4 days and got them all done in 1 1/2 days. I was able to get a dr appt moved up and freed up a whole day which that dr then added a bunch more testing so I was glad I had gotten things done to free up that day. There is a patient education center in the subway past the cafeteria that I never found time to go to, but really wish I would have.

Have been a patient for 13 years and travel for out of state. Always impressed with the attention to detail, signage, and positive energy. Lots of volunteers to guide you along the way. Stop in the chapel or walk the labyrinth.

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@gwenm, I would like to extend a welcome and to thank you for sharing. With 13 years of travel and visits, I feel pretty sure that you really do know your way around!
I travel to the Rochester Mayo, and I know the location of the chapel, but am unaware of the labyrinth. If you go to Rochester, can you tell me where it is?
Or, would tell us which Mayo location do you visit?
Rosemary

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@rosemarya

@gwenm, I would like to extend a welcome and to thank you for sharing. With 13 years of travel and visits, I feel pretty sure that you really do know your way around!
I travel to the Rochester Mayo, and I know the location of the chapel, but am unaware of the labyrinth. If you go to Rochester, can you tell me where it is?
Or, would tell us which Mayo location do you visit?
Rosemary

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Hi Rosemary, I go to Mayo in Rochester too! I’m go there for a series of tests every few years for a heart condition. The labyrinth is embedded in the floor in the chapel. I think I’m recalling that right! I also enjoy sitting in Gonda atrium listening to the live music. Gwen

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Thanks, helpful.

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We're you then scheduled for a followup appointment for surgery requiring an additional trip?

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@johnhenry

We're you then scheduled for a followup appointment for surgery requiring an additional trip?

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@johnhenry, I see that you have recently joined Mayo Connect and I want to extend my hand to you in a virtual handshake of welcome. We are happy to have you join us in this discussion group, and we invite you to look at and/or post in any of the groups that might be related to the reason for your inquiry.
I am not sure who you were addressing this to. If you want to address your question to a particular individual, just copy and paste their @name and they will be able to reply.
My own experience has always been that Mayo Clinic will work with you, the patient, to provide for your needs in the most efficient manner possible. While I don't have any experience directly related to your surgery question, I can share that once my doctor in the transplant department did stay late to see me so that I could be on my way home before an incoming snow storm.

Are you scheduled for an appointment to Mayo? Are you anticipating the need for surgery?
Rosemary

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Hey guys. This will be my first visit at Mayo in Minnesota. What can I expect? So far I only know that I have an appointment at 2:00pm next week. What can I expect?

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@grace28

Hey guys. This will be my first visit at Mayo in Minnesota. What can I expect? So far I only know that I have an appointment at 2:00pm next week. What can I expect?

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Hi @grace28, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.
You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion called "Tips for your first Mayo Clinic visit and tests/appt schedules" https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/tips-for-first-dr-visit-and-testsappt-schedules/
Click VIEW & REPLY to scroll through the great tips and advice people have shared about visiting Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN for the first time.

As you know, traveling and getting care face-to-face is different these days with COVID-19. I strongly urge you to join this very timely and relevant discussion for up-to-the minute tips from members who have recently been or are currently at Mayo Clinic. It also includes tips for traveling there safely.

– Your tips: Traveling to get medical care safely during COVID-19 https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/your-tips-traveling-and-getting-medical-care-safely-during-covid-19/

Grace, where will you be traveling from?

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Mostly, you can expect to be told that they don't know either, unless you fork over a few thousand more.

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@grace28

Hey guys. This will be my first visit at Mayo in Minnesota. What can I expect? So far I only know that I have an appointment at 2:00pm next week. What can I expect?

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@grace28, I want to add my welcome to Connect. I have been traveling to Mayo Rochester annually for the past 10 years. To this day, I continue to be amazed at the quality of care and the efficiency that Mayo provides. You will be greeted by name for your appointment, and the doctor or nurse will introduce themself to you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and you can expect to get explanations that you will understand. You might see 1 doctor, however, that doctor has a team of experts that are available for him/her to consult with about your treatment if he/she needs to. If you have labs drawn, or any scans or tests, you will get the results during your visit.
Wear comfortable shoes, take a sweater, a tote bag and water ot a leakproof water bottle.

I have not been at Mayo since last spring, so be sure to read the updated information related to the coronavirus this discussion and the links that @colleenyoung has shared with you.
Have you got any kind of a schedule or paperwork from them? Is someone going with you?
What are some specific questions you would like to ask?

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@oldkarl

Mostly, you can expect to be told that they don't know either, unless you fork over a few thousand more.

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@oldkarl , WOW Carl, that's a really broad statement re costs. Let's try and scare away patients going to Mayo for the first time. I have been going to Mayo 2 to 3 times a year for 5 years now and have paid a grand total of $8.00 which was later refunded. So grace28 costs are totally dependent on what type of insurance coverage you carry.

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I visited last November and was delighted with my accommodations. The hotel had a shuttle service, a fantastic breakfast every day and four nights a week a soup dinner. I was so impressed with the friendly and helpful people everywhere.

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