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Welcome from Dr. Irwin Lim

 

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FAQ

How do I obtain a referral?

A valid referral is required to consult with one of our Rheumatologists in order to be eligible for a Medicare rebate. A referral for a Rheumatologist can be obtained from your GP or from another specialist. A referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a specialist is valid for 3 months.

A referral is not needed to see any of the Allied Health team.

What do I bring to my appointment?

  • Your referral letter.

  • Any relevant X-rays and scans

  • Any relevant blood tests if available

  • Medicare card (Pensioner or Repatriation Card if applicable)

  • Claim number & details for Workers Compensation and Third Party claims

  • List of medications

  • Your Private health insurance card which will help process HICAPS claims and allow you to claim your rebate immediately.

What is the price of my initial consultation?

 

Initial Consultation:

  • Initial consultation fee: $329
  • Medicare rebate minimum $134.30
  • Medicare rebate maximum $234.85

Where do I park?

Chatswood

  • Paid street parking is available on Help Street and other surrounding streets. Please note that parking inspectors patrol the streets regularly.
  • There are also many parking stations in the vicinity.
  • If you are willing to walk 10 to 15 minutes, Westfield parking is now 2 to 4 hours free. They request you download an app to get the extra hours.

Parramatta

  • Paid parking is available on Hunter Street and other surrounding streets. Please note that parking inspectors patrol the streets regularly.
  • There is also the Justice Precinct Car Park which is directly across the road from the clinic. Click here for a full list of prices.
  • If you are willing to walk 10 to 15 minutes, 3 hours free parking is available at Westfield Parramatta.

Do the Rheumatologists run on time?

  • Please be on time. We pride ourselves on being punctual but this only works if our patients arrive on time as well.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your initial appointment to fill out any necessary paperwork.
  • Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • We deliver a professional service and respect your rights, dignity, privacy, feelings and cultural customs.

 

Will my Rheumatologist discuss my lifestyle?  Why?

Dr. Irwin Lim answers this question in the video below.

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What is it like at BJC Health?

Errol Lim, Managing Director and the team at BJC describe how we help clients beyond the initial consultation in this video.

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What do I do when struggling with fatigue?

Sarah Comensoli answers this question.

We've had a number of clients reach out to us expressing that it's more difficult at the moment to get a good handle on their fatigue.

I appreciate that fatigue can be incredibly debilitating and very frustrating. When it comes to fatigue, it makes sense that if you're feeling tired or worn out, to look for ways to do less.

It is a logical thing to do in an effort to save energy and protect your body from more discomfort.

For example, if you're feeling really tired and sore, you might choose to leave cleaning the house until the next day.

There are many different ways that you might choose to try and save your body from extra work as a way to conserve your energy.

And the reason for that is, if in order to stay well, you continue to look for ways to do less over time.

What will likely happen is that your whole musculoskeletal system has less stuff to respond and adapt to.

And so unfortunately, what occurs is that your muscles, your tendons, your ligaments might in fact get weaker because of the weeks and months where you might be choosing and looking for ways to do less physical activity.

I often draw a version of this spiral below which can help represent this process.

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Read the full post here.

 

Questions to ask your Rheumatologist

Lifestyle?

Are there lifestyle measures I can institute?

Apart from medications, what else can I do to improve how I'm feeling?

Preventing Joint Damage?

How do I prevent damage to my joints?

What can I do to remain active and doing as much as I can?

Medication?

Can you help me understand the pro's and con's of different treatment options that are available?

If there are medications that might help me, are there any side effects I should know about?

 

While waiting for my appointment are there things I can do?

If you are experiencing pain you can speak with Errol Lim our most senior Physiotherapist.

If you are looking to introduce some gentle movement into your life, you can setup a consult with an Exercise Physiologist or consider our Exercise from Home Program with guided instruction from Accredited Exercise Physiologists.

If you have any other questions you can use the form on this page to ask our team and we will reply.

 

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