Dr Charles Forsyth

Holistic Medicine

 
 


Unfortunately at present I am not taking on new patients because of the pressure on appointment availability for my current patients.

This situation may change if appointment availability improves.


When you book your first appointment you will either be sent all four (or more) questionnaires, a letter confirming your appointment, practice information, directions and map - or alternatively you may download all of these (except confirmation of your appointment) from this website: Downloads


Before Your First Appointment

Seven to ten days before your first appointment, would you please telephone the office (01737 226338) to confirm that you will be coming, leaving a message on our answerphone, if necessary.

If for any reason you need to cancel, please inform us immediately so that your appointment can be offered to someone on the waiting list, (failure to do so may have to incur a charge).


Questionnaires

Questionnaires are an invaluable means of collecting a lot of factual information and can save a considerable amount of time during the consultation, thus allowing us more time to focus on other important areas. 


I am in the process of converting and updating all my questionnaires into a spreadsheet format, which is not quite complete yet - so until then there is a spreadsheet questionnaire and some pdfs for those not yet converted.


The following information about my questionnaires

I have not yet updated!


ALL of the following questionnaires must be completed by new patients and posted to my office well ahead of your appointment.


The questionnaires are quite demanding in terms of the amount of time and effort required to complete them - allow yourself several days to do the work required.  You may need to contact other people (eg. relatives, your GP, specialists) for some of the information requested.  All information you provide is, of course, treated as strictly confidential.


The New Patient Questionnaire asks for:

  1. Basic Registration Details, including: address, phone numbers, email, GP and specialist details, etc.

  2. All your Problems - details, severity and dates of onset.

  3. Your Medications - nutritional supplements, drugs, botanicals, homeopathic medicines, etc.

  4. Details about your Life Style - diet, alcohol, tobacco, social drugs, exercise, relaxation, sleep, occupation, relationships, hobbies, stresses, childhood, etc.

  5. Your Allergies/ Sensitivities/ Intolerances (in brief).

  6. A detailed Past Medical History - as one chronological list of all health related and major personal events in your life from birth to the present. 

  7. A detailed Family Medical History - the health issues and ages of death of your immediate relatives - parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and your own children.


I now ask for the following sections of the questionnaire to be word-processed (as simple lists and as text documents) and emailed to me before your appointment (instead of completing these sections in writing in the questionnaires):

  1. All your Problems.

  2. All your Medications.

  3. Your Past Medical History.

  4. Your Family Medical History.


The Diet Diary is a great help to see more clearly your eating habits on three days that are as representative as possible of your usual weekday eating and drinking.


The Ecological Questionnaire concerns mainly allergies/ sensitivities/ intolerances, environmental toxic and microbiological exposures.


The Symptom Questionnaire is a check list of symptoms - it saves me going through the list verbally with you.


The document Symptom Description is not a questionnaire, but provides you with information on how to think about and describe your symptoms in detail.  If you wish to have homeopathic treatment it is essential that you understand the depth to which we like to have an understanding of your symptoms and nature.


What to Post before your First Appointment:

  1. All four Questionnaires.

  2. Copies of any Investigation results - preferably all those of the last year or two - eg. blood tests, x-rays, scans

  3. Copies of any relevant Specialist letters.

  4. A letter of referral from your family doctor, if available.


What to Email before your First Appointment:

Word-processed documents, as simples lists, emailed to me well before your appointment (instead of completing these sections in the questionnaires):

  1. All your Problems.

  2. All your Medications.

  3. Your Past Medical History.

  4. Your Family Medical History.


What to Bring to your First Appointment

  1. All your medications: drugs, medicines, dietary supplements, creams, drops, lotions, etc. that you are currently taking.

  2. A photograph of yourself (or your child, if bringing your child) to go in your medical records.  This is very helpful for bringing you to mind when I am working on your case without you present.

  3. A spare adult - if bringing a child under seven years old.




Consultation Duration

Your first appointment as a new patient is usually for 90 minutes (unless you wish to book for longer).   If your case is complex or you have many problems (past and present), a further appointment may be required to make a full enough assessment to initiate appropriate investigations and treatment.  If you feel that the latter may be applicable to yourself, you are welcome to discuss it with my staff and book a longer initial appointment in advance. 



The Consultation - What to Expect

My aim is to understand your concerns and health issues, in depth and breadth, and to identify ways of addressing them and resolving your problems. I try to achieve a true overview, and identify the majority of the problems and the factors that may be contributing to them - to see the causes as well as the effects. 


The majority of the patients I see say that this has been the first time that anyone has ever taken the time:

  1. to really listen to them

  2. to really try to see the whole picture

  3. to really try to understand why they have their problems

  4. to really try and find a solution that addresses fundamental causes rather than just suppress, control or manage symptoms


The most effective treatments are those that also address fundamental causes - and the latter may not always be obvious. 


Restoring genuine health is very much a process that usually takes time - and is usually dependent on obtaining a clearer and clearer understanding of the real issues.  The best way to view this process is as a journey, as an adventure, towards progressively greater and greater understanding yourself.  We are all utterly and totally unique on all levels - mentally, emotionally, physiologically, biochemically, genetically - and the precise constellation of reasons for any particular problem is unique to us.  Almost every man-made product comes with an instruction manual - we do not!  One way of viewing the journey of our life is that it is a process of self observation, experimentation and discovery so that we are effectively writing our own operating manual - identifying what exactly supports and hinders our optimum functioning on all levels.


The work of the integrative physician is like that of a detective gathering as many clues as possible and then putting a jigsaw together.



Ecological vs Homeopathic Consultation

The process of taking/receiving an ecological history is somewhat different for that of a homeopathic history.  If you are clear which approach you are more interested in, please let me know at the outset as it will influence my approach and the type of information and understanding I am seeking. 



Please be clear that it is very rarely possible to obtain sufficient information for both approaches in one consultation, particularly when you first consult me as a new patient.



An Ecological Consultation

I will always wish to cover the all of following information:

  1. All your Symptoms and Problems in detail - including: diagnosis (if known), when each started, the circumstances and/or triggers when they started, to what extent they vary and what factors appear to influence them (make them better or worse) and whether they vary in unison with other symptoms.

  2. Previous Investigations, Specialist Assessments and Treatments - please bring copies (that I can keep) of investigation results and specialist letters.

  3. All your Current Medications, in detail - drugs, supplements, herbals, homeopathic medicines, creams, etc. and any other current therapies. Please supply: the actual name of the product, the manufacturer, the strength, the dosage you take, and the date started.

  4. Dietary History - your current and previous eating habits and the details and effects of any previous exclusion diets.

  5. Allergies, Sensitivities, Intolerances - drugs, vaccines, foods, inhalants (airborne), contact (skin), electrical (EMF).

  6. Environmental History - exposures to potential toxins.

  7. Microbiological History - previous infections, fevers, insect bites, etc - particularly recurring or severe ones.

  8. Psychological History and Sleep Pattern - all major or significant stresses and psychological traumas throughout the whole of your life.

  9. Physical Exercise / Activities - sports, running, walking, cycling, yoga, pilates, Tai chi and other martial arts, etc.

  10. Your Past Medical History - in a detailed succinct chronological form,  from conception to the present including all of the above.

  11. Your Family History in detail - this often provides some insight into possible inherited susceptibilities.

  12. A Physical Examination - the extent depends on your symptoms, but will usually include height, weight, pulse, blood pressure, eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, teeth, fingernails, range of spinal movements.


The paramount area to first discuss is usually your symptoms and problems and what you wish to achieve in relation to your health.

The other areas can be discussed in almost any order, but will often be determined by the nature of your problems.


You can now see why this process may take longer than one or two hours - and may take several consultations to cover all the ground!


For more information about the basic principles of ecological medicine, please see: Ecological Medicine



A Homeopathic Consultation

Please see the next page: Homeopathic Medicine

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