Following the Government’s advice today to avoid all “non-essential” travel, I have made the decision to conduct all London Headache Centre consultations remotely until further notice. I will be very happy to review new and old patients via telephone, Skype, or other video conferencing methods. Consultation slots will continue to be available by contacting The Medical Chambers Kensington, BMI The Chiltern Hospital, or Sapphire Medical Clinics, as appropriate.
In the vast majority of cases, particularly (but not exclusively) in patients with headache disorders, it is the clinical history that is most important for diagnosis. It will – as things stand – still be possible to arrange appropriate investigations where required, and prescriptions can be sent electronically, and by post, where needed. It may be difficult in the current circumstances to provide face-to-face treatments such as Botox or nerve blocks, but other options may be available for patients currently undergoing these treatments, and we will keep this aspect of the Centre’s work under constant review.
We all have our parts to play in this emergency. Myself and my neurological colleagues at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust are working hard to support our front line colleagues in the acute hospitals, and to ensure that all patients with urgent neurological disorders are assessed, investigated and treated in a timely manner. But I also want to assure my private patients that I will continue to devote myself to giving them the best possible care under these difficult circumstances.
Keep well, everybody.