Maintaining good health is a priority for everyone and the role of a General Practitioner (GP) is to help you stay that way.
Your GP will screen you to identify risk factors and common conditions in the earliest and so most treatable stages, as well as advising and treating you when you feel unwell or have niggling symptoms that keep recurring.
You may have read how National Health Service (NHS) doctors are under increasing pressure which makes it difficult to get an appointment. Sadly, GP consultations in Britain are among the shortest in Europe at just over 9 minutes on average.
It doesn’t have to be that way. A consultation with one of our private GPs lasts 30 minutes. This gives our doctors enough time to get to know you, as an individual, and gives you enough time to get to know and trust them. These longer consultations allow our GPs to explore your medical history, your family's history, your needs and circumstances, and to assess your health as a whole person rather than just focussing on any symptoms you have at the time.
We offer appointments with one of four exceptionally experienced general practitioners:
Dr Isabelle Benard Isabelle is a GP with special expertise in general and family medicine, paediatrics, women’s health, family planning, sexual health and dermatology.
Dr Joanna Hayes Joanna is a GP with special expertise in women’s health, paediatrics, adolescent health and care of the elderly.
Dr Paul Wiseman Paul is a GP with special expertise in family medicine, paediatrics, men’s health and evidence-based health screens.
Dr Brian MacGreevy Brian is a GP with special expertise in family medicine and care of the elderly.
You can choose who you want to see and when you want to be seen. We offer emergency same day appointments and evening and Saturday appointments, giving you the flexibility you need to suit your work and lifestyle.
Our GPs work closely with the specialist Consultants based at The Medical Chambers Kensington. We offer a broad range of options when tests or referral to a specialist are needed,
When to see a private GP
It’s not always easy to know when you need to consult a doctor. As a general rule, you should seek medical advice about any symptom that worries you or that keeps coming back. It’s better to err on the side of caution where your health is concerned – especially in the case of babies, young children and the over 65s, who are more vulnerable to infections and other health problems.
Some of the most common conditions our GPs deal with include…
- common colds that don’t get better within a week
- painful earache
- persistent coughs
- joint pain
- back pain
- heartburn and chest pain
- skin problems such as rashes, spots and moles
- ‘tummy’ problems such as indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloating, constipation
- high blood pressure
- excessive stress
- urinary tract infections
- period problems
- sexual health
Annual health checks
Even if you are in good health, an annual routine medical is a good idea to record your blood pressure and decide whether you need any blood tests. These will assess how well your liver, thyroid and kidneys are working and screen you for anaemia and diabetes.
For women, we offer female health tests, including a cervical smear, ovarian cancer screening, and mammography, as well as sexual health screens.
For men, we offer prostate health and sexual health screens.
The Medical Chambers Kensington can also arrange specialist blood tests, resting ECGs, ultrasound scans when needed, as well as private practice nurse services for things like ear care, removal of stitches or clips, and changing wound dressings. A nurse is always available to chaperone you during a medical consultation if you wish – just ask.
We can arrange routine immunisations and annual vaccinations against influenza. A single pneumococcal vaccine is also recommended for all adults aged 65 and over, as well as those with long-term health problems such as heart, lung or kidney conditions. This vaccination protects against pneumococcal infections that can lead to pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. Some patients may need a booster every five years.
Our Clinic in London
The Medical Chambers Kensington, London is at hand to provide specialist GP care. To learn more, please telephone 020 7244 4200.