Once we have agreed on a consultation date you will need to fill in and submit your health questionnaire before we meet. This form can be filled in securely online, or alternatively I can email or post the paperwork over to you to complete and return to me via post or email.
The health questionnaire is central to the first consultation providing me with important information about your current health and background including, details of any medications that you might be on, your goals, current food intake, symptoms, family health history, lifestyle and contact details for your GP.
Gaining this information prior to the first consultation will ensure that we efficiently use the consultation time and focus on the best methods to achieve your goals.
The First Consultation
This is a structured face to face process that enables me to gather all the relevant information required to be able to understand your goals, assess your state of health and create a personalised, safe and effective nutritional and lifestyle intervention that has the greatest potential to meet your needs.
The initial consultation typically lasts up to 90 minutes and is split into three main areas. These are:
1) Information gathering (based around the health questionnaire that you complete prior to the consultation)
2) Explanations of findings
3) Negotiating the appropriate nutritional and lifestyle interventions to achieve your goals.
What you can expect
A summary report that details the key findings and explanations for your current state of health, along with information on the agreed nutritional and lifestyle interventions, supplementation and diagnostic tests (if required), and recommended background reading. Separately, I will also write to your GP and update them on the outcomes of the consultation and if necessary ask if they might consider undertaking any of the recommended diagnostic tests via the NHS. You will also have access to phone/email or Skype support between consultations.
Follow Up Consultations
Follow up consultations (can either be face to face or via Skype) and typically happen 4-6 weeks apart. The length of the follow up consultation depends on the complexity of the case and can range from 30 to 120 minutes depending on the number of diagnostic functional tests that have been done and their results.
These sessions are used to measure progress, reassess goals, explain the results of any diagnostic tests undertaken and make any required adjustments to the original agreed nutritional and lifestyle intervention.
The number of follow up consultations is entirely dependent on your specific requirements and the level of support required to meet your goals.
What you can expect
A summary of the consultation providing a summary of the results of any diagnostic functional testing and any agreed adjustments to your goals, the original nutritional and lifestyle interventions, supplementation and details of any additional functional testing that might be required. May involve additional updates to your GP depending on the circumstances.