You will need a referral to Dr Smith for a consultation. This can be obtained from your general practitioner or other medical specialist. If you already have a referral please contact Dr Smith’s rooms to make an appointment. Dr Smith may request that further investigations be arranged prior to your appointment. This is undertaken to ensure the optimal management of your condition in a timely manner.
Once you have made your appointment you will be sent an email asking you to complete a questionnaire about your shoulder or elbow. These should only take 5 minutes to complete. You will be asked to complete these again if surgery is carried out. Dr Smith uses these ‘patient reported outcome scores’ to monitor the success of treatment as well as to continue his clinical research. Dr Smith is most grateful to you for taking the time to complete these questionnaires.
Please also complete the registration form which has important demographic information and a form detailing your past medical history and the care agreement which outlines the responsibilities of Dr Smith and you as the patient in the treatment of your condition.
If you don’t manage to complete the questionnaires and forms prior to the visit our staff in rooms will be happy to help you to complete them when you arrive.
Download Patient Registration Form
Download Past Medical History Form
Download Care Agreement
Dr Smith consults at Sydney Orthopaedic Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery in Kogarah.
Please refer to the locations section of the website for details.
What to bring with you
- The referral from your GP or other medical specialist
- Your x-rays and any other scans (ultrasound, CT and MRI)
- Copies of the results of nerve conduction studies (if appropriate) and any blood tests or pathology undertaken in the previous month of two
- List of current medications, their dosage and frequency
- Medicare card
- Health insurance details or workers compensation details
- Completed registration form, medical history form, care agreement and questionnaire (or complete at the clinic)
- Means of payment for the consultation (EFTPOS or credit card)
Family and friends
Please feel free to bring a family member or close friend with you to the consultation. They are most welcome and can ease the stress of the appointment. They might also help you to remember some important questions as well as helping you to recall information discussed at the consultation.
The initial consultation with Dr Smith will take about half an hour and will involve a physical examination. He will review your investigations and go through the results with you. Some consultations can take longer if the problem is complex or arrangements for surgery are required. Dr Smith will discuss your condition with you and inform you of the treatment options. Together with you, Dr Smith will decide on the best treatment for you.
If surgery is necessary, a date for surgery can be booked at this consultation or you may contact us later to select a date. Patients are under no pressure whatsoever to go ahead with surgery. If you are unsure at any time please feel free to contact us.
There is a charge for the initial consultation, part of which you can claim back from Medicare. This fee is payable at the time of consultation.
(02) 9587 4720
Suite 5, Level 2
19 Kensington Street
Kogarah NSW 2217