ABOUT YOUR VISIT
Preparing for your appointment
Dr Aponso is pleased to see patients with spine or orthopaedic conditions, who have a referral from a general practitioner or medical specialist. Medicare stipulates that a referral from a general practitioner or a medical specialist is only valid for 12 months and 3 months respectively to be eligible to claim your rebate from Medicare.
The referral can be forwarded to Dr Aponso by your doctor or alternatively you can bring a copy of this to your appointment.
What to Bring to your consultation
All X-rays, MRI scans and CT scans for the relevant problem (the films or a disc are preferable).
Information about your medical history, current medication, known allergies and ongoing medical problems.
Copy of any operation reports, if you have had previous surgery for the same problem.
Details of any treatment (e.g. physiotherapy, chiropractor).
Details of injections or blocks (nerve sheath block, epidural, facet joint injection).
Your Medicare and Health Insurance details. DVA and pension card where applicable.
If you are a Work Cover patient, please bring your claim number and case manager's contact details.
When to Arrive
Please allow enough time to get to your appointment. It is preferable to arrive 15 minutes earlier that the scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork to register as a new patient. This can also be done prior to your appointment by talking to our reception staff when you schedule your consultation.
Please telephone the office during business hours and allow at least 1 day's notice so that we can offer your appointment to another patient.
We recognise that your time is valuable and we make every effort to run on time. Occasionally emergencies or patients require a little more time and these cause scheduling delays beyond our control. We apologise if we keep you waiting.