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Keeping you safe
You can rely on Leigham Practice to stay current and keep people safe. We’re an experienced bunch, and one of the few businesses to remain open throughout the initial lockdown. We continued to offer our services and support patients when there was nowhere else to turn to and we’ve developed into a more confident, more safe and better prepared practice that will continue to be here when you need us.
Our Arrival Information
Even though we cannot admit you into the clinic too early, please allow plenty of time when travelling to the area, particularly if it’s your first time to the practice or you are unfamiliar with transport and parking.
We include a link to our Practice Registration Form in your appointment confirmation email for you to print and complete, or you can complete this when you attend.
Bring with you any scans or reports and a list of medication
We will need to discuss your current problem and ask you about your past medical history. If you have complex problems, please bring any letters or reports, and a list of medication you are presently taking will be helpful.
Allow extra time for your first appointment
Your first appointment includes time for both assessment and treatment. Even if you have been seen for treatment elsewhere and know exactly what you require, our osteopaths will still need to assess you for themselves in order to treat you safely. This can feel repetitious, particularly if you have already explained your problems to many doctors, orthopaedic specialists, physiotherapists and even other osteopaths, but it is the only way that we will ensure we do not cause harm elsewhere and treat you in the most effective manner.
Dress Code / What to Wear
There are many problems affecting the spine, upper limbs and lower limbs that are related to posture and the alignment of the skeleton. We often need to assess your posture and visually check the alignment of your shoulders, spine and hips, and we may therefore ask you to remove some items of clothing. This is a normal part of an osteopathy assessment but, whilst many people will be familiar with this examination and will be at ease, we do appreciate that some people may feel uncomfortable dressing down due to cultural reasons, for example. If so, the assessment may still be possible if you dress in loose clothes. You could bring shorts, or a vest top to change in to at your appointment if you would prefer. We can also provide you with a disposable gown to change in to. There are many ways we can respect your dignity, so please discuss any concerns with our reception team, either at the time of booking, or on arrival, or with the osteopath at your assessment.
After taking a history and discussing your problems, the osteopath may ask you to perform certain movements and use diagnostic tests in order to assess your problem. They will explain what they are doing and why.
Following your assessment, the osteopath will discuss what they think is causing the problem and explain what they can do to help. Your first consultation will also include treatment, if appropriate, as well as advice on how you can help the problem yourself. The treatment they give will depend upon many factors, but they will talk to you about what they are doing and keep you informed.
Depending on your problem, our osteopaths are likely to have a plan for what the next steps should be. They will discuss this with you during your first appointment. Our aim is to treat you safely, effectively, and as quickly as possible. You will be the judge of your own progress as you notice your problems improving.
Referrals to Leigham Practice
While we welcome letters and reports from medical professionals about your problems, our team are autonomous private practitioners and do not require any referral from your GP or other healthcare specialist in order for you to be seen.
If you are using Private Health Insurance, please contact us before you make a booking as we can provide you with helpful information to give to your provider to make this process smoother and more efficient.
Specialist tests or treatments
If our team feel that you need a referral to another medical professional, such as your GP or a hospital specialist, or they feel you require specific tests to help with a diagnosis, such as blood tests or imaging, they will discuss this and ask your permission.