Generally, 45 minutes to one hour is allocated to your assessment, which usually consists of an interview and a physical examination. Most of this time is spent directly with the medical specialist.
The precise amount of time spent with the specialist will vary according to your individual circumstances. Please do not bring visitors or extended family members into any of the consulting locations as space can be restricted only for those with assessment appointments.
In many cases the medical assessment also involves a physical examination, during which the medical specialist may require you to partially undress. As well as an assessment of the injured area of your body, a more generalised examination may also be required for assessment of your overall health. Gowns and screens are available if you wish to use them.
During the interview segment, you will be asked questions about your medical problems, including when and how they started and their progression. Questions will also be asked about medical tests and treatments you have had in the past. Additionally, you may need to answer questions about your personal, social and recreational life.
This is to enable us to fully understand your situation and how your injury could be affecting your life. This type of information is very important in the overall medical assessment.
Independent medical specialists are not in a position to guide you regarding your medical condition or your treatment. Our staff have an ethical obligation not to intervene in your case, even if you should specifically ask for such medical advice. Should you need such information, we recommend that you seek advice from your treating doctor(s) or other health care practitioners. We apologise for the restrictions that are placed upon us for ethical reasons, but hope that you are now better able to understand the nature of your medical assessment.