What to expect from a consultation.
The first consultation may last up to two hours (online an hour and a half), so that a full case history can be elicited. You will be asked about your current symptoms, your previous medical history, previous and current medication, your general health, diet, and lifestyle. If the consultation is in person, it may include a physical examination. When the consultation is in person, medicines will be made up and dispensed there and then.
Usually you will be advised to have a follow -up appointment four weeks later, and depending on the health problem, you may continue to have monthly appointments on a regular basis, or until the condition is resolved. Follow-up consultations may take between 40 minutes and an hour
You will always be given time to work through the best healthcare strategies for you. Sometimes people use the space to set themselves targets and work out how to put the structures in place that can best facilitate their own individual well-being.
The herbalist will advise when it is necessary to seek further tests or help from other agencies or practitioners. She will usually be able to direct and support you in doing this and also help to interpret diagnostic test results.
Consultations are confidential, but liaison with your GP, psychiatrist or other health practitioner can occur if you wish it to.
Consultations will always be followed up with an email that summarises the conversation and details agreed strategies and herbal medicines.
Please note , consultations at this practice take place on a the Herbal Barge which will be moored at an accessible location, but if at Stonebridge South mooring will be a 5 minute walk from the gate.