Clinic Visits for the Transplant Patient
Your follow-up visits will be at the Transplant Clinic. Your first clinic visit is about 2 to 3
weeks after you leave the hospital. This will be scheduled before you go home. Further
appointments will be made by the clinic. You should plan on spending 3 to 4 hours at the UW
Hospital for your clinic visits.
Things to bring to clinic visits
ξ Your medicines
ξ A list of your current medicines
ξ Your patient education binder
ξ Records of your weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature at home
ξ Records of your local blood test (lab) results
ξ Records of your blood sugar readings if you have diabetes
ξ A snack
You will have your blood drawn about 1 to 2 hours before your scheduled visit. This allows the
doctors to have the results of your blood tests when they see you in clinic. You will have blood
drawn in the outpatient lab on the 2nd floor. The orders for your blood work will be ready for
you when you arrive at the lab.
Do not eat or drink anything, except water, for 8 to 12 hours before these blood draws. Do
not take your tacrolimus or cyclosporine until after the lab draw. It is okay to take your
If your insurance company does not allow you to have lab tests drawn at UWHC, please make a
plan with your coordinator to have the lab tests done before your clinic visit.
Arriving at the Transplant Clinic
Plan to arrive at the Transplant Clinic at least 15 to 30 minutes before you are scheduled to see
the doctor. You will need to register with the clinic receptionist and check in. A clinic nurse or
medical assistant will weigh you, take your blood pressure, check your logbook, discuss how you
are doing at home, and review your medicines. If you need any supplies or prescriptions, please
tell the nurses at this time.
You may have time to go the cafeteria before you see the doctor. Always bring a snack,
especially if you are diabetic, in case there is no time for you to go to the cafeteria between your
lab draw and seeing the doctor.
After you see the doctor you will meet with a transplant coordinator or clinic nurse to discuss
medicine changes and other follow-up instructions.
Clinic pharmacists, dieticians, and social workers are on hand to see you at clinic visits. Clinic
nurses and transplant coordinators can arrange this upon your request.
Clinic Day Schedule
1. Take morning medicines, except your tacrolimus or cyclosporine.
2. Park in the parking ramp, enter through “Clinics Entrance.”
3. Go to the Registration desk. They will give you a pager for the lab. Validate your
parking pass at this time.
4. Have your blood drawn.
5. Take your tacrolimus or cyclosporine after your labs are drawn.
6. Take the “H” elevator to the First Floor, follow the signs to Transplant Clinic.
7. Check in with reception in Transplant Clinic.
8. If you need to go eat after reporting to the clinic, please tell the receptionist, as this may
interfere with the time that you will be seeing the provider.
9. Clinic visit with doctor.
10. Meet with your coordinator to review follow-up plan.
11. Schedule next return to clinic visit with receptionist.
We have transplant outreach clinics in Green Bay (kidney only), Marshfield, Wausau (liver only)
and Rockford. UW Transplant providers see patients at these clinics. These clinics are for stable
patients only. If you need further care, like a transplant biopsy, you will need to come to UW
Health Transplant clinic in Madison. Talk with your coordinator if you would like to move your
visit to an outreach clinic.
If you are being seen at the outreach clinic, you will get a lab order in the mail to have your labs
drawn at your local lab before the visit.
Before leaving the Transplant clinic
ξ Obtain an after visit summary. This will have an updated medication list and your lab
results, as well as any follow up instructions.
ξ Obtain an updated standing lab order if needed.
ξ Obtain mailers and labels for drug levels if needed.
ξ Schedule your next visit.
If you need to change your clinic visit please call: (608) 262-5420.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2016 University of
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