Your First Visit

Once you have secured an appointment, it's time to prepare for your first visit.

We're grateful that you've chosen Winship Cancer Institute for our outstanding patient care. Here are a few things to consider when visiting us for the first time.

Current Visitor Policy

Nothing is more important to the Winship Cancer Institute than the health of you and your family, and we are doing all that we can to ensure patients, their families, and our community remain safe. In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we have made temporary changes in our visitation policy. As of May 11, 2020: Visitors are not allowed for outpatient appointments, with limited exceptions that will be made by the Winship clinical teams.

Items to Bring on your First Visit

When coming to any of our clinics to visit with your doctor or care team, we recommend dressing in comfortable clothes and footwear. A light sweater or shawl is recommended to keep warm. We also encourage you to come with a family member or a friend, if the visitor policy allows.

Once your appointment has been confirmed, you should begin gathering the items you'll need for your first appointment which we have outlined for you below:

  • List of current medications and dosages
  • Pathology slides
  • Scan and X-ray films
  • Copy of your insurance card, front and back (Questions about insurance? Visit Insurance Coverage.)
  • A book for while you wait, or even a tablet or laptop (free WiFi available; connect to EHCGuest)

You may be asked to assist us in obtaining records from your referring or current physician. Much of the information can be provided via fax to Winship prior to your initial visit. We will help you understand what we need and explain why. Examples of things we may ask for are:

  • Pathology reports
  • Lab reports
  • X-ray and scan reports
  • History and Physical
  • Office notes
  • Treatment records
  • Operative reports
  • Hospital discharge summaries

You can fax the items above to (404) 778-1251.

Before arriving for your appointment, please complete and bring the forms contained in our new patient packet.

Prepare Your Travel

Whether traveling to Winship Cancer Institute on the Emory campus or to one of the Emory hospitals or clinics, we've compiled information you may find useful for your visit including:

Register for Patient Portal

The Emory Healthcare Patient Portal is a convenient and secure health-management tool you can use anywhere you have access to the Internet. The Emory Healthcare patient portal allows to view your health care records or correspond with your cancer treatment team. If you do not have access or need help accessing your Emory Healthcare patient portal, please call (404) 727-8820. Calls are answered 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.

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