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Getting Ready for Your Visit

As a new patient of Northwest Medical Specialties, first let us welcome you to our practice!

Before your initial appointment can be scheduled, we first need your referring physician to fax your patient records to our New Patient Coordinator. The specific fax number will be given to you during the scheduling of your initial appointment. When we receive your records we will verify your information and start the process of your New Patient Registration form.

Next, we will mail you items that you may need to bring with you to your appointment: a New Patient Questionnaire, and supplemental information that may be helpful for your particular diagnosis. Please complete the forms to the best of your ability. This information will ensure that you receive the best possible medical care based on your current and past general health and any related family history.

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

In preparation for your first appointment, we ask that you bring all completed forms, your medical and pharmacy insurance cards and a picture ID to your first appointment. 

In advance of your first appointment, you also may want to review our insurance information for insurance companies with which we are contracted. Please contact them directly if you have any benefit, co-insurance or co-pay questions.

New Patient Orientations

We host weekly new patient orientations at our Tacoma and Puyallup locations in order to provide you resources and introduce you to the services and programs at NWMS. This orientation lasts 1 hour and you will receive a binder and resources to help guide you as a patient throughout your care. You will have the opportunity to meet our wonderful patient navigators. Read more about the navigators here:



Patient Portal

Designed to help simplify communication, our Patient Portal offers you many time-saving options including appointment scheduling, online bill pay and secure answers to your questions.

During your visit you will be asked if you would like to sign up for our Patient Portal. If yes, you will receive an email invitation. Once you complete the necessary information, a userid and password will be generated. Use this information to login to the secure patient portal.


If you have any further questions, please call us at (253) 428-8700 and ask to be connected to our New Patient Coordinator. Let them know if you are an Infectious Diseases or Hematology/Oncology patient, so they can connect you with the appropriate person.