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Preparing for the appointment
What is an independent medical examination?
Your appointment with a specialist for a medicolegal opinion is to provide an independent and unbiased opinion after conducting a detailed medical evaluation. The purpose of such an appointment is to provide a comprehensive report to your solicitor. The medicolegal specialist you meet is not your treating doctor and hence he will not be providing any treatment plans or suggestions . Such queries will need to be addressed to your general practitioner or other specialists involved in your treatment.
Our specialist will need to be able to see and examine the affected part of the body and at times a whole body examination may be required. We hence recommend wearing loose fitting clothes and undergarments.
You will need to bring a clear photo identification card such as your passport or a drivers license. We will need to make a copy of the same for our records.
Less is more! Please remember to bring all medical records , documents , scan results and scan films/CD`s to the appointment. It is possible most of the documentation has already been provided to us but please bring along anything that may think is important.
Please ensure that you have made allowance for delays in finding parking etc. You are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete requisite paperwork.
If you arrive after your designated appointment time, we will have to reschedule your appointment to avoid disadvantaging patients coming after you.
We are unable to organise translator services and if you do need one , please discuss with your solicitor and do ensure that a qualified medical interpreter is made available for the duration of the appointment which usually will be for approximately an hour. Please note that family members or friends will not be acceptable as interpreter’s
Our practice does offer telehealth options however suitability for a telehealth appointment will be evaluated on a case by case basis. In some cases it may be essential to conduct a face to face appointment to conduct a physical examination in which case an online appointment may nor be appropriate.