Complementary Health

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Complementary Health

We advise on complementary healthcare and aim to deliver the most complete and balanced approach to our patients.

We find consistently that a healthy outlook on life contributes significantly to the overall health and happiness of our patients and therefore have an extensive multi-disciplinary on-site team. Our team offer mindfulness training, psychotherapy/counselling, nutritional advice, executive coaching and podiatry.

Here is a focus on Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that is about reawakening to allow us to break free from the current way of living to bring about deep and positive changes in our lives. Just by noticing our thoughts and feelings, it can help us improve our well-being and other areas such as:
• Over-Analysing
• Worrying
• Relationships
• Self-Confidence
• Self-Esteem
• Over-Thinking
• Resilience
• Negative Thoughts
• Weight Loss and Management

The human body is controlled by the mind, so by focussing on it you can benefit emotionally and physically. Our body learns to follow the mind. Changes can occur just by reprogramming one’s thoughts. Problems are often rolled into one, so healing in one area and addressing things that are causing stress, can have a ripple effect on all aspects of your life.

Mindfulness is backed with abundant scientific research, in fact MRI scans of patients who regularly practise mindfulness show structural changes in the brain. There are chemical changes in the body that also occur. Those who practice mindfulness meditation have less cortisol and adrenaline – two hormones which are released when you are stressed. When you are constantly stressed, too much of these hormones are in your system causing increased heart rate, raised blood pressure, sweating, anxiety and palpitations.

At the practice are fortunate to have Dr Afrosa Ahmed who, having trained and worked as a NHS GP for 15 years, began to see a huge growth in mental health problems over the last decade. “As a GP I began to explore alternative practices, which could not also help with these problems but also prevent them. I looked at various different modalities, but mindfulness resonated with me the most. It is remarkably easy to do and most wonderful of all, you cannot fail at it. Everybody can practice mindfulness; it is a completely natural and effective method.“

She practices both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

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FAQ

Have some Questions?

A half hour appointment will be made in order to deal with any acute problem and also to go through our patient registration process.

The office is open between 8am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5.30pm on Fridays.

Outside office hours, the 24 hour telephone line will be picked up by an answerphone which will give instructions regarding contacting the doctor on call. The doctor will give telephone advice and where appropriate will supply prescriptions through to pharmacies. If a visit is required we utilise a deputising service for this. Under certain circumstances it may be appropriate to arrange admission to hospital directly which we can do. Please note that the above services are only available to patients who are already registered with the Practice and there is a charge for out of hours advice and services for those patients who are not monthly subscribers.

We value your feedback; good or bad, so please let us know. We carry out and publish annual patient satisfaction surveys. We are registered with The Care Quality Commission that regulates health and social care throughout England. We also have a formal complaints procedure if things have gone really badly and this can be accessed by contacting the Practice Manager.

The general answer to this is “No”. UK based Private Health Insurance companies will usually only recognise for the purposes of reimbursement, the services of individuals whom they define as Specialists.

We do not generally deal directly with insurance companies and work on the basis of individuals and corporations settling their own accounts and then claiming back directly with their respective insurance companies.

You can register at your first consultation with an acute problem or choose to register ahead of this. You will then pay for individual consultations, out of hours telephone advice and repeat prescription requests and referrals. Laboratory fees and vaccinations/drugs are additional where appropriate.

Consultation (30 minutes)

£200

Prescription Fee

£60

Registration Fee

£100

Out of Hours Telephone Advice

From £100

Missed Appointment/Late Cancellation

£200

Occupational Health Assessment and Report

On request

Vaccinations

On request

Pathology

On request

Health Screening Packages

On request

Travel Advice/Vaccinations

£60

Referral Letter Charge

£60

You can also choose to subscribe to the services of the Practice. This will cover all your consultations for a year and 24-hour telephone advice, referrals and letters, repeat prescription requests, travel advice, maternity and family planning advice.

You will be entitled to an annual flu vaccination and an annual health screening check as part of this subscription.

Subscriptions are at the discretion of the doctors. Cancellation can be made at any time after the initial 12 month period by either the patient or the Practice. Laboratory fees and vaccinations/drugs are additional where appropriate.

The practice is registered with the Care Quality Commission, an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care, responsible for the regulation and inspection of health and social care services in England.