What to Expect During Your Initial Appointment
If you are suffering from a life-threatening emergency, calling 911 and requesting an ambulance should be your first (and only) course of action. But there are times when getting to the doctor’s office or hospital is important – just not quite as critical.
When you need this kind of transportation, you may think your choices are limited, but there is one service you should definitely consider. Unlike ambulance service, which is incredibly expensive and inappropriate for anything but a true emergency, non-emergency medical transportation is designed to fill in the gaps, giving you a way to stay safe and comfortable during routine medical appointments, treatments for chronic health conditions and much more.
Non-emergency medical transportation can be a smart choice for all kinds of patients, including elderly men and women who can no longer drive safely, persons with disabilities, patients who are not supposed to drive themselves home after treatment and anyone else who needs some extra help.
If you decide that this type of medical transportation is the right choice for you, it is easy to schedule the trip. You simply contact the provider, give them some basic details about your trip, including time and place and provide them with your home address. But after the appointment has been made, there are so things you can do to make the transportation process, and your upcoming medical appointment, a lot easier. Here are some tips you can use to simplify your first non-emergency medical transportation experience.
The first thing you should do is tell the scheduler if you use a wheelchair, walker or other mobility aid to get around. Providing this information ahead of time will make it easier for the dispatcher, and the driver, to accommodate your specific needs.
You should also build in a cushion of time when scheduling your pickup time. You know what time your medical appointment or treatment is slated to begin, and you and the dispatcher can work together to calculate travel times. Keep in mind, however, that heavy traffic or an accident could slow your journey, and it is best to err on the side of caution.
It is a good idea to contact the non-medical transportation service provider a day or two before your first appointment. This will allow you to confirm the details of your trip, from where you are going to what time your driver will arrive at your door. It never hurts to reconfirm this information, and doing so will give you additional peace of mind.
When the time comes for your appointment, be sure you are ready to leave when the driver gets there. Being ready and waiting will make the entire process easier, so you can arrive the doctor’s office, hospital or clinic with plenty of time to spare.
Once you have used this type of transportation once, you may wonder how you ever got along without it. Non-emergency medical transportation could be the answer to all of your medical needs, from routine doctor appointments to treatments for serious medical conditions.
Quickride is Alaska’s premier Non-emergency medical transportation. Providing the highest level of service for the elderly and disabled that need additional help with their transportation needs.