Level 2, 21 Caledonian Road,
St Albans, Christchurch

For referrers

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR REFERRERS

Level 4 restrictions mean that we have to make a number of changes in the way we operate.

  1. We are still accepting new referrals.
  2. Clinically urgent patients will still be seen face to face.
  3. For non urgent patients we have a secure and robust remote consultation service available (if clinically appropriate), and working well.
  4. All patients already booked are being contacted. They will be offered either a video or telephone consult (if clinically appropriate), or their appointment will be put on hold and rescheduled for a later date (if, for example a remote consultation cannot take place)
  5. Dr Bell is available to provide advice to all Health Professionals via phone or Zoom. If you would like to discuss any clinical matter, please email us, or communicate via EDI, and we will endeavor to be in touch the same day.

 

We accept referrals from all Health Professionals, via:

Mail

Level 2, 21 Caledonian Road
St Albans, Christchurch 8014

Fax

03 968 3131

EDI

mskmspec

After more information? Click on one of the following links.

What we treat

  • All acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions
  • Spinal pain, acute and chronic – cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral, including ‘sciatica’ and referred pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Non work injuries
  • Non injury musculoskeletal pain – for example, OA, tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis and painful feet, shoulder pain, groin and hip pain
  • Chronic localised and widespread musculoskeletal pain

Professional relationships are important to us. Feel free to contact Dr Bell to discuss your patient 03 9683010.

Consultations, procedures and fees

Consultations for conditions covered by ACC are free as long as referral criteria are met.

We are affiliated Providers for Southern Cross. This means that there is no charge for qualifying Southern Cross members for consultations and procedures.  For other Health Insurers, patient fees vary depending on policy, as well as nature of the consultation and/or procedure. We can help advise your patient prior.

If your patient is not covered by ACC or Health Insurance then charges vary depending on the nature of the consultation (simple or complex) or procedure. You or your patient can contact us for further information.

PRP

PRP requires referral from a Health Professional. Why?

  • We need to know details of the condition requiring treatment in order to provide the best treatment for the condition, so the more information you provide the better. In some instances we may contact you to discuss matters further.
  • PRP treatment requires a program of rehabilitation afterwards, and this is best under the supervision of a Health Professional.
  • The patient may not be suitable for PRP treatment (for example, relative contraindications to the use of PRP include thrombocytopenia, concurrent use of NSAIDS and Aspirin, pregnancy, and infection at the site of injection).

The service we provide includes obtaining informed consent, initial assessment under ultrasound, preparation of PRP and administration under ultrasound guidance. We’ll advise your patient of appropriate after-care and return to activity in the short term, and will return them to your care for ongoing rehabilitation advice.

You’ll need to counsel your patient that they should avoid any strenuous activity using the involved site for 1-2 weeks after PRP administration, with a graduated return to activity thereafter.

Please note that referral for PRP does not include a clinical assessment or diagnostic consultation. If you are uncertain if PRP is appropriate for your patient, feel free to contact us.

Cost of PRP: $480 first treatment. Second and third treatments $420 each (all 3 must be received within a 3 month period).

PRP treatment is not covered by ACC

Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections

We are able to provide US Guided steroid injections as part of a consultation upon referral by a Health Professional. US Guided injections for ACC covered conditions may be provided as part of a consultation for that condition, and is ACC funded. Alternatively, the procedure may be covered by Health Insurance.

Urgent appointments

We will do what we can to see your patient urgently if required. Please contact us by phone to discuss further.

Telephone advice

Dr Bell is happy to offer advice by phone when available. Contact our office and he will return your call as soon as able.