During the Covid-19 pandemic I have gained a lot of experience with remote consultations both via video and telephone. For many patients this has proven a convenient alternative to in person appointments. It has become clear that for straightforward conditions, a photograph along with text consultation works very well and for this reason I am now able to offer photo consultations. Advantages for patients include rapid review and avoiding the need to travel to central london.
The cost for a photo consultation is £60. As for any private consultation you will also need to pay the cost of the medicine. Often (but not always) this will be more than the standard NHS prescription charge.
At the present time, private medical insurers in the United Kingdom do not reimburse photo consultations.
High quality photographs are essential for an accurate diagnosis.
The following are some tips to help you take photos with a smartphone:
A photo consultation is suited to straightforward conitions where the diagnosis can be made based upon photographs that you send through and tests (e.g. blood tests, skin biopsy, fungal scrapings etc) are not required.
The types of conditions that are suitable include the following:
If, following review of your case, it is considered that your condition is not suitable for a photo consultation then your fee will be refunded.
You can ask questions for up to 7 days after you receive your initial assessment. After this, in most circumstances, you will need to initiate a new consultation.
I am also available for video or in person consultations. Please click here to book.
All communication will be in writing so there is no need for a separate clinic letter. If you would like a clinic letter please book an in person or video consultaiton here.
For photo consultations, in order to streamline responses, all communication is via encrypted email. My practice management team will not have a record of your consultation so you will not be able to ask questions by telephone. If you feel more comfortable contacting the practice by telephone please book either an in person or video consultation here.
You will receive an assessment within 48 hours.
Once you have agreed on the appropriate treatment plan, I will issue an electronic prescription. You will be contacted by the pharmacy who will arrange with you a delivery time.
Upload up to three photos, tell me what your concerns are and enter information about your previous treatments and any other medical conditions that you have. You will receive a written assessment and a list of treatment options and will have the opportunity to ask further questions.