UF Health Shands Hospital Patient Guide: Outpatient Services

UF Health offers many outpatient programs and services including medical procedures, surgeries, and tests that are done in a qualified medical center without a patient staying overnight. UF Health offers a wide range of outpatient services, including:



Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses imaging technology to diagnose and treat disease. Radiology may be divided into two different areas, diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology. The field of therapeutic radiology, which uses x-rays to treat cancer, is now called radiation oncology.

Laboratory Testing

UF Health Medical Laboratories plays a critical role in the process of patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. We exceed customer expectations by providing accurate, reliable data to our customers in a timely fashion by using cutting-edge testing procedures.

UF Health Medical Laboratories offers the latest technology in tests that help people live longer, healthier lives. We are a leader in all types of medical testing for hospital patients and outpatients and provide full service testing in many areas including general chemistry, microbiology, virology, parasitology, surgical pathology, blood bank, cytology, hematopathology, and HLA.


Drug or alcohol rehabilitation

The UF Health Florida Recovery Center (FRC) is the state of Florida’s premiere addiction treatment program located at the University of Florida. Our multi-disciplinary treatments are supported by advanced research from stellar facilities such as University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute, where we are uncovering the mechanisms of addiction and are developing new treatments.


In coordination with your physician, UF Health Shands HomeCare offers a wide array of services to support and assist you and your caregiver in your home. Available skilled nursing services may include medication management and teaching, disease process teaching, wound care and IV therapy. Physical, occupational and speech therapies, and home health aide services are also available to enhance your healing process within the comfort of your home.

Physical therapy

Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.

Dysfunctions treated with physical therapy include:

  • Upper, mid and lower back pain
  • Extremity pain
  • Pulmonary disorders (obstructive and restrictive)
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Orthopaedic disorders (fractures, sprains and strains)
  • Neurological disorders (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and upper and lower motor neuron disorders)

Physical therapists examine patients' medical histories and then objectively assess patients' strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Through development of an individualized, comprehensive plan of care, physical therapists resolve impairments, enabling patients to perform their prior activities of daily living.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. These professionals work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling. Physical exercises may be used to increase strength and dexterity, while paper and pencil exercises may be chosen to improve visual acuity and the ability to discern patterns. Their goal is to help restore their patient's independence through direct intervention and patient education.

UF Health Sports Performance Center

Certified Athletic Trainers and Exercise Physiologists from the UF Health Sports Performance Center offer several programs to help athletes of all types improve their athletic performances while reducing their risk of injuries. We offer sport-specific programs and personal training for individuals and small groups. In addition, we specialize in medical fitness, working with people who are interested in returning to an exercise program after an injury or illness. Also, we specialize in developing exercise programs for people with chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the UF Health Sports Performance Center  at (352) 273-7117 or request an appointment online.