FAQ

FAQ

Why go private?

It’s very difficult to provide a full assessment and treatment plan with a patient in the time available in an NHS appointment. I have specialist training in addition to my GP qualifications to provide an in-depth knowledge of the pros and cons of HRT. I’m confident in prescribing this and recommending alternatives to help your quality of life.

What shall I bring?

I will send a pre-consultation questionnaire to you before your appointment and if you have a summary of your medical record or recent blood pressure, height, weight and blood tests, this would be useful to share.

Do I have to pay for private prescription?

I can issue private prescriptions for HRT, vaginal oestrogen, contraception and other related medication. I can also provide advice on HRT prices and current availability. The price of a private prescription is included in the first consultation. An alternative option is to see if your GP is happy to issue an NHS prescription.

I can’t have HRT. Is there an alternative?

I can discuss alternatives to HRT, as well as look at other options to improve your health and wellbeing. Women are often mistakenly told that HRT is not an option for them, but there are very few women who can’t have any type of HRT.

Do you prescribe testosterone?

Yes, I’m able to prescribe testosterone. Private blood tests are often needed to monitor the use of this.

Do you prescribe bioidentical HRT?

I do not prescribe bioidentical HRT as this is a term used for HRT that is not licensed or regulated. The oestrogen and progesterone I will prescribe are usually freely available on the NHS and are recommended by NICE and the British Menopause Society.

Does the price of the appointment include blood tests?

Hormone levels can vary enormously during the menopause and are an unreliable way of diagnosing. NICE guidance is clear that women over the age of 45 do not need hormone blood tests if they have symptoms so these will rarely be suggested. If blood tests are needed, we can ask that these are done through your GP or arrange for these to be done privately.

What qualifications, memberships or past experience do you have?

I’m a member of The British Menopause Society (BMS), The International Menopause Society, The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, a Diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG) and The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH).

I have the Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care which gives me a higher qualification in providing menopause care and I enjoy attending conferences and educational sessions, including the British Menopause Society International Conference to continue my professional development.

I passed my Royal College of General Practice exams with distinction in 2004.

Until 2019, I worked as a GP partner in a large practice in London where I was the mental health lead for many years. I now work as a menopause specialist, locum and salaried GP in the NHS as well as a GP appraiser for the London Deanery.

Am I covered by private health insurance?

Usually, insurance providers do not cover the costs of menopause care or treatment. However, there are exceptions to this and so it is worth checking with your insurance company as some may cover a private GP appointment.

Do you offer online appointments?

Online and face to face appointments are both available.

Will my GP be made aware of my appointment?

A detailed letter will be sent to you via secure email after your appointment detailing the consultation and agreed plan for treatment. With your permission, this will also be shared with your GP. If I write a prescription for you, then a letter will be sent to your GP for safety.

Do you do repeat prescriptions?

I can see you for a review appointment at 3 months, following your initial consultation, in order for repeat prescriptions to be set up. Please note, repeat prescriptions are subject to a £30 administration fee.

Can you insert the Mirena coil?

We fit the mirena coil in clinic.

How is my data stored?

All personal and medical information is encrypted and stored remotely in the cloud by a specialised patient management system (HeyDoc).

What are your fees?

Your consultations will last 50-60 minutes.

1. First Menopause Consultation (£300 face to face or £275 online).

This includes:

  • Consultation on secure platform
  • Letter to patient and GP within 1 week
  • Prescription either privately to be delivered usually within 24 hours or advice to GP to do the prescription (cost of medication will be extra both privately or if given via your NHS GP)
  • Follow up at 1 month with a letter done to summarise any changes made at this point.
  • If you need some time to think about the treatment plan just let us know at any point within 3 months of your appointment if you need a prescription.

2. Follow up consultation at 3-6 months. (£175 face to face or £150 online).

  • 30 minute review with prescription issued if needed.
  • Letter to GP and patient within 1 week

3. Annual review appointment (£175 face to face or £150 online).

  • 30 minute review appointment
  • Letter to GP and patient within a week
  • Up to 6 months of medication can be prescribed either privately or requested through your GP

4. Testosterone consultation. (£175 face to face or £150 online).
If you are already on HRT regime but wish to explore the addition of testosterone

  • 30 minute consultation
  • Letter to GP and patient within a week
  • Blood tests arranged either via your GP or privately at an additional cost
  • Prescription for testosterone if needed – additional cost of medication which can vary according to preparation

Private prescription: £30
Menopause blood tests (FSH/LH/TSH/oestradiol/prolactin) £140
Menopause blood tests plus testosterone £175
Mirena insertion £380
Standard wellness blood profile £130
Bespoke Bronte blood profile £300
Extra blood tests available on request after discussing with doctor.

Is there disabled access?

The clinic has step access so is difficult to access in a wheelchair but please email us and we hope we can help you with an online appointment.


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