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Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC



Local Patient Access Data

Regularly updated patient access data is available for all VA Medical Centers and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics including average wait times, number of patients waiting for a scheduled appointment and number of patients that cannot be scheduled for an appointment in 90 days or less. To view this data, go to

What to Expect on Your Initial Appointment.

Patients who elect to have their primary care delivered at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center will be assigned a primary care provider.   This provider is part of the Primary Care Practice Teams (Red, White, or Blue) with other doctors, nurses and/or clerks at the medical center or one of our seven (7) community based outpatient clinics located in Anderson, Florence, Greenville, Orangeburg, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, and Sumter.  The first primary care visit will be set up and scheduled within (30) to ninety (90) days after attending the Health Benefits Seminar.

During the first visit:

      1)  The patient will meet his/her assigned primary care provider.     
      2)  A physical examination will be done.  The primary care provider will
           determine if there is a need for additional diagnostic testing
           (which may include blood/lab work, x-ray, etc.).
      3)  A complete medical history will be obtained.

The first primary care visit is an important one.  This is the time for the patient to develop a relationship with his/her provider and get acquainted with other members of the primary care team.  Patients may also receive health education materials and guidance that may include: smoking cessation, depression screening, weight and exercise education, flu vaccine and/or pneumovax, diabetes and colon cancer screening.

What is the procedure for scheduled appointment?

      1)  Plan to arrive 30 minutes before you appointment for nursing pre-
      2)  Once you have checked in, please do not leave
           the area.  Wait for further instructions. 
      3)  Request that labs & x-rays be done a few days prior to your
           appointments, if possible. 
      4)  Bring your medications with you, including those from non-VA doctors.
      5)  If you are a diabetic or have high blood pressure, bring your home
           glucose record and blood pressure records, if applicable.
      6)  Please call to reschedule if you cannot keep an appointment or if you are
           going to be late.

When a patient arrives late for a scheduled appointment

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.  If you are late and you still wish to be seen that day, you may wait and we will make every effort to work you in.  Please be on time so you can benefit from a full appointment slot.

Changing Your Appointment

For a listing of your current appointments, please call the Medical Center at (803) 776-4000 press Option 3 (In Columbia Call) or 1-800-293-8262 (Outside of Columbia Toll Free).

If you cannot keep an existing appointment, please contact us as soon as you are aware you cannot make your appointment. This will allow us to reschedule you sooner as well as schedule one of your fellow veterans for the original appointment date and time. Call (803) 776-4000 press Option 3 (In Columbia Call) or 1-800-293-8262 (Outside of Columbia Toll Free). 

How do I contact my Primary Care Team or Provider if I have a question? 

If you have a medical question or need to schedule an appointment please contact the Telephone Advice Program (TAP).
Outside of Columbia call Toll Free: 1 (800) 293-8262
In Columbia call:  (803) 647-5829


Call the Dorn VA Medical Center
How Do I Change My Appointment
In Columbia
803-776-4000 Ext. Press Option 3

Call the Dorn VA Medical Center
How Do I Change My Appointment
Outside of Columbia Toll Free