Are you a Doctor or other healthcare provider interested in offering your patients something new? Here’s how we can work together.
The highest quality care.
We both want to do the very best for our patients, and when two practitioners work together, it opens up new possibilities. For many years now I’ve worked alongside NHS Doctors on an informal basis with great success. I also saw patients from an NHS GP Surgery in south Staffordshire for a number of years, and ran community health talks with the Doctors there. Working together enabled us to offer new treatment options for every patient, and advice on preventative care to the wider community. This initiative was also praised by the CQC.
I’ve held a number of training sessions for GPs on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Following on from those, a number of patients have been informally referred to me by the Doctors who attended.
How Integrated Healthcare Works
Within the context of the NHS, all patients self refer, although some are put in touch with me by their Doctor. Anyone considering herbal treatment is welcome to a free call with me before deciding whether to go ahead.
Their programme of treatment starts with an hour long appointment during which time I ask a number of questions not only about their presenting condition, but all other aspects of their health too. I ask for copies of all relevant test results and letters regarding tests and investigations. Where appropriate, I’ll also complete a thorough physical examination. By the end of the first appointment I’ll usually be able to see how the patient has become unwell, and be able to explain it to them.
Following the appointment, I will prescribe and dispense some herbal medicine for them. As well as internal mixes, I stock creams, ointments, pessaries, suppositories and oils. All herbs are checked for possible interactions with other medications before prescribing.
With the patient’s permission, I will write to their GP or the referring Doctor and inform them of the treatment plan. Occasionally I may notice something that doesn’t seem to have been previously found, simply because I’ve been able to spend more time talking to the patient. Where this is the case I may suggest further tests in my letter.
The aim of integrated treatment is to pool resources for the benefit of the patient. We each have different but complimentary skill sets and by combining the two we can offer a higher standard of care than we could individually.
I recently spent a day with a Birmingham based GP where I sat in on appointments and we each offered our own perspective. Feedback from both the GP and patients was very positive, but unfortunately this is not a practical or sustainable way of working in the long term.
As an alternative, I now offer combined appointments using telemedicine. The patient books an appointment with me to coincide with their Doctor’s appointment, and I join the conversation using my telemedicine app ‘Healthie’. This makes it much quicker and easier to decide upon the best treatment plan, particularly for patients with complex health issues.
How To Work With Me
If you work within the NHS, you can simply pass on my contact details and suggest that patients book a free call. If they decide to go ahead with treatment, I’ll write to you with an update following their first appointment, and more as time goes by.
If you work privately, you can email me a referral letter to Hannah@physichealth.uk, or write to me at Yew Tree House, Bridgnorth Rd, Highley, Shropshire, WV16 6HG. The patient can book a free call with me to discuss their options, and whatever they decide to do, I’ll write with an update.
Likewise, if you would like to discuss a patient before referring, please book a free call here.