Medical consultation

Medical consultation involves detailed exploration of your concerns and problems to help me to identify the reasons for your concerns. This involves face to face consultation and examination to arrive at a diagnosis or to plan the management. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will accompany you to the consultation room. You will have face to face consultation which can take up to 10 minutes. You are welcome to bring your partner, family member, friend or anyone with you for the consultation. Consultation involves detailed exploration of your concerns. This involves your previous medical/gynaecology history, medications, surgeries and family history. It will be useful if you can bring any previous consultation letters, surgery details or GP referral letters. It is recommended to get a referral letter from your GP before consultation. This helps me to identify your previous medical history and treatments received. However, I am happy to see you without your GP referral. If you have private health insurance, it is important to check your insurance policy regarding private consultations as many policies require a GP referral for authorisation of payment. Following consultation, I may have to examine you. This involves abdominal (tummy) and possible internal examination (depending on your concerns). A female nursing staff will be present throughout the examination. After the examination, I will discuss my findings and recommend further management options. If you also require an ultrasound scan, I may be able to do on the same day. This is only possible if you indicated this to my secretary when you make an appointment to see me as you will then need a longer appointment time and booking the scan room. You will also have to confirm this with your insurers beforehand with an authorisation number whether they will cover for your ultrasound scan.

Normally I will be able to see you for initial consultation within few days. There may be a possibility to see you on the same day or the following day, depending on my availability. Please check with my secretary.

Please go through the following frequency asked questions regarding consultation. More information is found in FAQ section. Please contact my secretary if you need any further advice and help.

Where can I see you for consultation?

I see patients for private consultations at the following hospitals,

1.The Bridge Clinic,
Oldfield Lodge, 156 Bridge Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8DG
Web: www.bridge-clinic.com
Wednesday evenings, Thursday mornings
Appointments for urgent ultrasound scan and consultations can be arranged

2. The Spire Thames Valley Hospital,
Wexham, SL3 6NH
Web: www.spirehealthcare.com/thamesvalley/
Thursday mornings

3.The Princess Margaret Hospital,
Osbourne Road, Windsor, SL4 3SJ
Web: www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/pmh
Friday evenings

4.Parkside Private Suite,
Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham, SL2 4HL
Monday evenings and Thursday mornings

I also run a dedicated early pregnancy / recurrent miscarriage clinic for couples at the Bridge Clinic, Maidenhead in a homely and confidential environment. This is a one stop clinic where I consult, perform ultrasound scan and do other investigations (if needed) at the same visit to arrive at a diagnosis on the same day. For more information, please check on my clinic web page: http://www.bridge-clinic.com/early-pregnancy-clinic or call bridge clinic on 01628 760912.

How do I make an appointment?

Please call my secretary, Jo on 01628 760060 or call the hospitals directly. You can also email vatsecretary@gmail.com or click the appointment link on the home page. Please see contact section for more details.

How do I pay for my treatment?

Private health insurance-
We will invoice your insurance company directly for payments. You may have to pay any excess depending on your policy terms and conditions. We will invoice you directly for any shortfall (excess) from your insurance policy. All invoices should be settled within 28 days.
Self-funding –
We will invoice you and collect the payment after the consultation. You can pay by credit or debit card. If you wish you can also pay by bank transfer or by cheque. All invoices should be settled within 28 days.

Will my private insurance pay for my investigations?

It depends on your policy terms and conditions. Please read your policy or contact your insurance provider for confirmation.

Are you approved by Insurance companies?

Yes I am recognised by all major health insurance providers.

I have private medical insurance, what should I do before consultation?
Please read your insurance policy to confirm you are covered for the consultation and any procedures. You should call your insurance provider to confirm this with an authorisation number. Please contact my secretary on 01628 760060 for any advice and assistance. As most Gynaecology patients need a pelvic ultrasound scan, it is advisable to confirm with your insurer whether pelvic ultrasound scan is also covered by your policy. Most of the insurers authorise US scan with the initial consultation.

Will you be able to see me at a short notice?

I am very flexible and most of my patients will be seen within few days. Sometimes I may be able to see you on the same or the following day depending on my availability. Please contact my secretary or hospital receptions for availability

Do I need a GP referral letter?

It is recommended to involve your GP and get a referral before consultation. This helps me to identify your previous medical history and treatments received. However this is your choice and I am happy to see you without your GP referral. If you have private health insurance, it is important to check your insurance policy regarding private consultations as many policies require a GP referral for authorisation of payment.

What to expect at the first consultation?

I will go through your concerns and previous medical history. Examination may involve an internal examination depending on your complain. A female nursing staff will be present and help me during examination. After the examination, I may advise you for further investigations. You may be offered an ultrasound scan at the same visit depending on your complain and examination findings.

What should I bring to my first consultation?

Please bring your GP referral letter if you have one. Please also bring any medical records and correspondence letters with medical professionals and details of any medications you are currently taking. If you have private health insurance, please bring your membership and authorisation numbers.

Can I bring my partner, friend or relative to the consultation?

Yes, you are welcome to bring anyone with you.