Trenton City Hall: 2800 Third St. Trenton, MI 48183 | Phone: (734) 675-6500 Fax: (734) 675-4088
Have everything you will need ready prior to any appointment. Make copies of personal information, insurance cards, social security card, prescription card and anything else which has been requested from registration staff. Go over the reason for your doctor visit and write out questions you may want answered. Be completely honest about your condition.
Have a place where your information is kept. Maintain it in a way so that you and others may easily understand it. Nothing is worse than knowing the information you need is around buy you just can't locate it. Any writing should be done as legible as possible so that others may be able to read it as well.
Make sure you update your information at least once a year, perhaps your birthday. If there are any changes to your care/treatment, update your files immediately after the appointment or as soon as possible. Remember, emergencies may happen at any time and sometimes as a result of the very change that has been made.
Think of any neighbors, friends or family who may have the opportunity to help you and make sure that they are aware of this choice. Also, make sure that they know where your information is located in case of an emergency situation. Since they will have access to some personal and important information, be sure that you can trust the person/people you will ask for assistance.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. This is your body and health and therefore should be important to you. If you do not understand fully why a certain medicine is being prescribed or why a certain test will be scheduled, ASK! Get a business card from each doctor that you see and keep it with your files.
Each person will have varying requirements for their portable medical file. This is a "learn as you go" system of development. Personalize your file to meet your requirements, but try to keep it as simple as possible. Each person should have their own system; do not combine them as this will cause confusion in emergency situations.