Consultation: What to expect
The initial consultation usually takes about an hour during which you can tell me about your symptoms and circumstances that you feel might be contributing to the situation you present with. I will use the time to ask you about your background, your upbringing and your relationships as these will usually have had some bearing on your current situation. It would also be useful if you could provide me with a list of current medication (if any) that you may be taking. The frequency of follow-up appointments will vary according to your clinical need and usually last up to half an hour. Following psychiatric assessment and evaluation, I will discuss a formulation and management plan with you.
Most patients I see invariably get referred for psychological therapy so that they can learn to use skills to help them overcome their current difficulties or past trauma as well as gain additional ways of dealing with future circumstances that could prove troublesome. I refer to a variety of psychotherapists to help you with this task and therapy can include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, supportive counselling, anxiety management techniques and relaxation training amongst others. Family and couple/relationship therapy can also be arranged if required. In addition to individual therapy, I am able to refer patients to attend a selection of psychological group therapies as a day patient at The Priory Hospital Roehampton.
If your condition is more serious and requires inpatient treatment, I can arrange for your admission to The Priory Hospital Roehampton. I usually see my inpatients approximately twice a week and am available on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if required. I am able to visit the hospital at weekends or on public holidays in the event of urgent need.
In keeping with General Medical Council guidelines, I follow good medical practice of communicating with your NHS GP. I do not routinely send you a copy of the letter but you are welcome to a copy at any stage if requested. If you would prefer not to have a detailed assessment report sent to your GP, please let me know and I will abbreviate it accordingly. If medication is prescribed by me, it is very important for your GP to know about it as it may interact with other medications that the GP might wish to prescribe for you. In addition, obtaining medication from your NHS GP is usually considerably cheaper than dispensing a private prescription written by me.
My PA is Helen Morrissey. If you wish to book/change an appointment or if you have any queries about insurance companies/invoice payments, please contact Helen (020 8392 4203 or firstname.lastname@example.org) during weekdays between the hours of 9am and 5pm. If you need to contact me between appointments about any clinical matters, please telephone or email Helen who will pass this on to me. Out of hours, I can be contacted via The Priory Hospital switchboard (020 8876 8261). I will do my very best to inform you of various treatment options and discuss the ‘pros and cons’ of each so that your views can be fully taken into account before we reach a consensual agreement on your management plan. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your care, please feel free to contact me as soon as you can so that any issues can be resolved as quickly as possible.
I welcome feedback about my practice and invite you to complete a feedback form. If you have not already been provided with one, please ask my PA.