Can I see you if I have private insurance?
Yes, I am registered with BUPA, AVIVA & WPA insurance. If you are covered by any of these insurance companies, please contact them to see if they will cover you for dietetic consultations and how many sessions they will cover. They will provide you with an authorisation code to give me if they will cover it so you do not need to pay.
What should I expect during a consultation?
I will make an assessment of your current medical history, medical treatment plan, your symptoms and your nutritional status from both the information you provide me with on your pre-consultation form and the information you provide me during our consultation itself. I will assess your current dietary intake compared to your nutritional requirements. I will discuss these results with you and provide you with a fully personalised plan tailored around your lifestyle and food preferences. I will provide you with appropriate dietary advice to help manage your symptoms, maintain your weight or reduce your cancer risk depending on what consultation type you book. I will also provide you with relevant written information for further advice and recipes. I may recommend some oral nutritional supplement drinks or certain blood tests through your GP if indicated.
Follow up consultation:
I will review your progress based on the initial dietary plan provided to see if further dietary advice or changes are indicated. This may also be needed if your medical treatment plan or symptoms have changed since your initial dietitian assessment. People can sometimes develop other longer term gastrointestinal side effects after certain types of surgery (especially to the bowel or pancreas) or cancer treatments causing symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, excessive wind, bloating and abdominal discomfort. Other causes of and dietary advice for managing these side effects can be assessed in a follow up appointment if needed.
Do I need to be referred by a doctor?
No, you do not need to be referred by a doctor. However, with your consent, I may contact your doctor to clarify or confirm your medical history or current medical treatment if needed.
Cancellation of Appointments
I understand that there may be times when you need to cancel a pre-booked appointment. I will try to re-book the appointment to a more suitable time for you, however, I do ask that you give at least 48 hours notice of either by telephone or e-mail. If the appointment is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, there will be a 50% administrative fee charged.