First Visit Information

Please complete the New Patient Intake Form and the Registration Form prior to arrival and bring with you to the visit.

Welcome to our office! We appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us and look forward to meeting you and your child.

At Pediatric Endocrine Specialists of Georgia, you’ll find caring health care professionals and staff dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to our pediatric patients and their families.

Please fill out the patient registration form and new patient intake form and bring them with you to your first appointment. These forms can be found under the forms tab. Please also bring any medications your child takes to the first visit.

We ask that you also take a moment to read over the Financial Responsibility, HIPPA disclosure and Notice of Privacy Practice forms as you will have to sign for these in the office. These forms can be found on our website under the FORMS tab. Please do not print these forms out as you will be asked to sign electronically once in the office.

What to Bring to the First Visit

If your insurance requires a referral (many HMOs do), please make sure it is current. For your first visit it is helpful to have previous medical records including lab results, X-rays, and growth charts available for us to review.

What to Expect at the Visit

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your first appointment. We ask that you complete the Medical Intake Form and Registration Forms found on the website. You will need to print, complete and bring the completed forms to the visit. Upon arrival at our office you will be asked for a photo id, insurance card, and payments that are due per your insurance. Then your child will be “checked in”, which entails measuring the height, weight, and vital signs.

You will be put in an exam room, where we will see you. We will take a complete medical history, followed by a comprehensive physical examination. In the case of adolescents your child may be given the option of asking you to leave the room to afford him/her some privacy if he/she so desires. This will be your child’s decision.

At the end of your child’s evaluation he/she may need further testing, such as blood tests, urine tests, or X-rays. We will discuss these tests and why they are necessary with you as well as provide completed order forms. We do not offer phlebotomy services at our office. We do offer bone age x-rays at our facility.

You will be asked to make a follow up visit to meet with the nurse practitioner to discuss results. Dr. Bernard interprets all results and discusses these with the nurse practitioner prior to each visit. Endocrine labs, x rays, and test results are complex and we feel that this requires face to face time to discuss properly. This will give you adequate time and opportunity to have all of your concerns and questions answered. We do not do call backs for lab results for this reason.

All new visits are typically 30 minutes, except for Type 1 Diabetics which are 60 minutes for the initial visit, Please schedule your follow-up visits in advance, because the schedule fills up fast.