Personal medical advice
We are providing personal medical advice for many years
We are arranging personal medical advice for many years (remotely as well).
We regularly receive requests for personal medical advice on the basis of photos. Unfortunately, medical advice cannot be given on the basis of photos only. In a number of cases, the patient will actually have to be seen by one or more doctors. For this, there is an expertise center at the Academic Hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, called WEVAR.
In the WEVAR team (Workgroup Vascular Abnormalities Rotterdam), specialisms work together within the Pediatric Surgical Group at the Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital. This groups ensures optimal cooperation with regard to content and makes it possible to make maximum use of the available capacity. The specialisms that belong to the Pediatric Surgery Group are: Pediatric Anesthesia, Dermatology, Dental Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, ENT, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Thoracic and Urology. The WEVAR team has been expanded in the third quarter of 2015 with an adult multidisciplinary team. The total team consists of about 25 medical specialists.
Remote medical advice
Through our organization, patients can also use the knowledge and experience within this team for, for example, getting a medical diagnosis. Below a short description of this procedure:
- Contact us that you would like to have personal medical advice.
- Download the MSWord template form (cmtc-ovm-medical-advice-template-20180424).
- Indicate clearly what your question is.
- Our organization will make contact with the WEVAR team.
- The WEVAR team will contact you and arrange the further course of events where we as an organization are no longer involved.
- The medical data, such as reports and photographs, are sent to WEVAR by the patient (or parents of the patient).
- After analysis by the medical specialists, it is decided what will be undertaken such as a visit to the WEVAR team.
We hope to be able to help many patients and their family members with this service!
Medical advice during annual members meeting
For many years we offer personal medical advice during our annual worldwide members meeting in the Netherlands. We then have a number of our medical specialists, usually professors, available who provide free medical advice during the day.
In recent years, the number of medical advice requests has increased significantly during this day. In 2015 the number was 20, so that even two medical advisors had to work parallel to give everyone a personal medical advice. One of our medical advisers, Prof. dr. Dr Suzanne Pasmans, after the conference in 2015, suggested expanding the medical advice and further professionalising it.
Simple medical advice
A simple medical advice in this context is:
- When no complications occur until then.
- Ask the patient and / or parents.
- The diagnosis is known.
- This consultation is conducted in a private room, for example a reserved hotel room, during the conference.
- There are no costs associated with this personal medical advice.
Complex medical advice
A complex medical advice in this context is:
- When complications have occurred or occur.
- The patient and / or parents have questions about these complications.
- No diagnosis has yet been made in the past.
- This consultation will be conducted at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam within the special multidisciplinary team WEVAR on the Friday preceding the conference on Saturday in Leusden.
This medical advice is associated with costs that are often (partly) reimbursed by health insurance. For patients within the European Union, the S2 form is available (via health insurance). For patients outside the European Union, medical insurance is required.
The following applies to both recommendations:
- The medical records must be available to our medical advisers no later than 1 month before the annual members meeting. They are all doctors and are covered by the Dutch medical law of secrecy, etc.
- The reason and request for assistance for this consultation must be clearly stated. One reason could be a ‘second opinion’.
- The patient must be prepared to undress (so that, for example, asymmetry of the entire body can also be looked at).
- The medical data are entered by the patient or parents in a secure environment in advance, in which the patient determines who has access to this environment. This environment is situated in the Netherlands and this is subject to Dutch law, which imposes high demands on the storage, access and security of medical data.