FAQs2024-03-08T11:54:38+00:00

FAQs

with Dr Andrew Bradford

FAQ’s

What types of medical conditions are treated?2023-10-08T11:44:28+00:00

Deterioration in mental health, epilepsy, cognitive issues, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain, spasticity, social isolation and deconditioning are a few of the problems regularly seen. Common neurological conditions include multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, pelvic and abdominal pain, joint pain, seizures, headache, insomnia, restless legs, chronic fatigue, movement disorders, degenerative conditions and palliative care.

What is Rehabilitation Medicine?2023-10-08T11:27:44+00:00

Rehabilitation medicine takes a more holistic view of individual needs in the context of disability and manages care from a biopsychosocial perspective. The process of rehabilitation involves the management of symptoms and goal-setting guided by an individual’s wishes, priorities, and by what is achievable. Activities and interventions provide both care and support to maintain well-being. The process involves review at appropriate times, with integration and reassessment of needs.

What types of treatment are offered?2023-10-08T12:27:55+00:00

Chronic Pain – can be feature of many conditions including trauma, degenerative disease and ageing. Chronic pain can respond to medical treatment, psychological interventions, exercise, acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy and medical cannabis.

Neurological symptoms – can be severely disabling and are associated with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine, brain injury, migraine, chronic fatigue and post-viral syndromes. These conditions often required integrated case management. Medication and management are specific to the condition.

Spasticity –  is commonly managed with medication, stretching, activity, physiotherapy, conventional medical treatments including botox injections and medical cannabis.

Insomnia – can be significantly disabling and is often difficult to manage with conventional treatments. Physical conditions such as chronic pain, mental health issues and restless-legs syndrome interfere with sleep and lead to a significant loss of vitality and well-being. CBTi, medications and medical cannabis treatments can be helpful.

Trauma – can lead to both physical and psychological injury. Chronic symptoms include deterioration in mental health, insomnia, disturbing dreams, social isolation, phobias and anxiety which can significantly impair lifestyle choices. A biopsychosocial approach can be helpful in reducing symptoms and helping with recovery. Treatments include medication, CBT, talk therapy and EMDR.

What types of appointment types offered?2023-10-08T12:29:58+00:00

We offer new patient and follow up appointments. Most appointments are online via a tele-medicine platform. Online appointments can be booked when convenient and when appointments are available. Face to face appointments are offered at the Taunton Clinic.

How many appointments are needed?2023-10-08T12:03:20+00:00

This depends on the individual patient and their complexity of needs. A more straight forward patient will be seen initially and then after one month, then at 3 months and then 6 monthly once stable. Online booking and repeat prescription requests are available.

What tests are offered?2023-10-08T12:04:46+00:00

Medical rehabilitation is not a diagnostic service. We treat a variety of symptoms. Sometimes blood tests are required to safely manage certain treatments that can affect metabololic function, to assess the interactions between medications or in situations when pre-existing conditions could lead to complications. Blood tests can be arranged at a local clinic near your location.

How are prescriptions issued?2023-10-08T12:07:12+00:00

Prescribed medications will be sent electronically to CloudRx. Patients can pay for prescriptions via an online payment platform and then the medication will be posted out to he home address. Controlled drug prescriptions such as medical cannabis are issued monthly and have to be printed, signed and sent in the post. A physical copy will be sent to the required pharmacy. Patients will be contacted for payment before delivery to the home address.

How much do appointments cost?2024-02-12T20:24:16+00:00

Fees for rehabilitation services vary depending on your circumstances and the type of appointment (£49 – £250).

Reduced fees are available with proof of low income**** or patients transfering clinic.
Options for health insurance claims are available.

Affordability?2024-01-08T22:13:21+00:00

If an individual has significant financial hardship or is unemployed then a fee reduction may be considered on request. An evaluation will be made on a case by case basis and documented proof of hardship will be required. Previous patients may be eligible for a fee reduction.

Medical Cannabis treatment?2024-06-17T16:53:11+00:00

Specialist doctors (on the GMC Specialist Register) can prescribe medical cannabis. There must be a clear unmet need from conventional treatments. Prescriptions are only initiated after a peer review process involving other specialist doctors. Medical cannabis treatments are unlicensed treatments and so the safety, risks and benefits need careful consideration. Treatments are available in the form of sublingual oil. Medical cannabis is a controlled drug which requires a new prescription every month. Ongoing medical monitoring is required.

Information for T21 patients2024-06-17T16:52:43+00:00

We offer medical  cannabis prescriptions under the Drug Science T21 Project.

Appointment fees and prescription charges are reduced for patients on the the Drug Science T21 project.

We support you in finding the most effective medical cannabis oil for the management of your symptoms.
Patients with stable control of symptoms can book appointments and repeat prescriptions more flexibly
Our focus is on patient wellness and enhancing quality of life and functional capacity.

Medical Cannabis Prescriptions

Medical cannabis controlled drug prescriptions are written for 1 month supply.
Prescriptions are posted to a specialist pharmacy (of your choice).
Prescriptions will expire after 28 days^

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