Preparing for your Appointment

Read this page carefully!

And if you have seen us before remember we MOVED OFFICE in 2020!!!

With the changes we have introduced during the Covid pandemic we are requesting patients fill out some forms prior to their consultation.
These forms are encrypted and the data is secure.

GROUP 1 New Patients

If you have never been to the office before you need to complete ALL of these forms. You have to go back and do each one!!

  1. Form for new patients    This is a small list of core information which will help us with planning treatments
  2. Medication form      – Please use this to update out list of medications you are taking
  3. Homunculi    – If you have arthritis , filling out this tender and swollen form will help us. There are two pages.
  4. HAQ (Health Assessment Questionnaire)  – we need this on every patient

 

GROUP 2 Existing patients whom we have seen before

If you have been to the office before you need to complete ALL of these forms. You have to go back and do each one!!

  1. Form for existing arthritis patients
  2. Medication form      – Please use this to update out list of medications you are taking
  3. Homunculi    – If you have arthritis , filling out this tender and swollen form will help us. There are two pages.
  4. HAQ (Health Assessment Questionnaire)  – we need this on every patient

 

GROUP 3 Patients with ankylosing spondylitis only

  1. Form for existing arthritis patients
  2. Medication form      – Please use this to update out list of medications you are taking
  3. BASDAI form for patients with ankylosing spondylitis
  4. HAQ (Health Assessment Questionnaire)  – we need this on every patient

 

Urgent patients who need to be seen in person in the office MUST FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS below.

Please remember to bring your Health Card – we can not see patients without a valid up to date card!

  • please wait in your car until 5 minutes before your appointment
  • We are not allowed to have  relatives and no excess bags. Nothing is to be left in the waiting room.
  • Patient MUST sanitize their hands on entering the office (staff will indicate the sanitizer)
  • Patients will be asked some familiar screening questions – to save embarrassment if you have been out of our area OR you have had visitors from outside our area in the last 10 days then you should call first.

 

Please understand that whilst you will always see Dr Averns, you will also be assessed by other members of the team including our Arthritis Society therapists, Rheumatology Fellows (trainees) and Family Medicine Residents – this is how we develop the ability to see new patients sooner. SO YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE INITIALLY ASSESSED BY ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE TEAM, BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIALIST ASSESSMENT TOO .  If this arrangement is not acceptable to you we would be pleased to help you find an office which suits your preferences.