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december 15, 2018 04:52pm

Complementary Medicin and the NHS

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE

PRESS RELEASE 13TH DECEMBER 2018

MPs want complementary, traditional and natural medicine to rescue NHS from financial crisis

Changing health needs requires different approach, says new report

In 70 years of the NHS patients’ health needs have changed. Growing numbers of people suffering from long-term illnesses pose significant threats to the future sustainability of the NHS, a new report released by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare warns.

MPs urge the NHS to embrace complementary, traditional and natural medicine to ease the mounting burden on service provision.

The report says that the rising costs to the health system require a whole person approach to health delivery which focuses on prevention and tackles the root cause of illness.

More patients suffer from multimorbidity (suffering from 2 or more long-term health conditions) than ever before, with the number of people in England with one or more long-term condition projected to increase to around 18 million by 2025.

A staggering 70% of total health expenditure on health and care in England is associated with treating the 30% of the population with one long-term condition or more.

The result of these complex health conditions is the growing problem of polypharmacy (the use of several drugs at the same time).

This is perhaps the biggest threat to the future economic viability of the NHS, with increasing costs of pharmaceutical drugs needed to treat patients with multiple illnesses, coupled with largely unknown effects of the long-term use of these drugs in combination.

The PGIH report argues that Government needs to devise a strategy to fully assess the degree of drug interactions, determine the long-term health effects on patients, and arrest the trend of over medicating the population.

A significant part of this strategy is to treat patients as whole persons, with individual needs, rather than with a variety of illnesses that are treated separately.

This strategy should make greater use of natural, traditional and complementary therapies, which are widely used for a variety of conditions. There is a huge under-utilised resource of therapists which could work in collaboration with conventional medicine to improve patient outcomes and ease the burden on the NHS.

The PGIH report is due to launch in the House of Commons, Committee Room 6, on Thursday 13th December at 10.30am.
Modern medicine has been very effective in tackling many of the health conditions we face today. However, there are areas, often called Effectiveness Gaps (EGs), where available treatments in modern clinical practice are not fully effective.
Musculoskeletal problems are commonly regarded as being affected by EGs. Depression, eczema, allergies, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome are also frequently mentioned.
For these types of conditions a different approach is needed, one which does not involve giving more and more costly but ineffective drugs.
David Tredinnick MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group which produced the report, insisted that the current approach being taken by the Government is unsustainable for the long-term future of the country.

“Despite positive signs that ministers are proving open to change, words must translate into reality. For some time our treasured NHS has faced threats to its financial sustainability and to common trust in the system.”

“Multimorbidity is more apparent now in the UK than at any time in our recent history. As a trend it threatens to swamp a struggling NHS, but the good news is that many self-limiting conditions can be treated at home with the most minimal of expert intervention.”

“Other European governments facing similar challenges have considered the benefits of exploring complementary, traditional and natural medicines. If we are to hand on our most invaluable institution to future generations, so should we.”

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may 03, 2018 12:30pm

APPOINTMENTS

From May appointments for Medical Herbal Consultations and for Foot or Face Reflexology are available at Kentisbury.
See main website for more information.

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january 14, 2018 02:22pm

Contact details

I shall be undergoing surgery very soon so will not be working until around the beginning of February. If you need to contact me please leave a message on the landline or text to my mobile phone. Response will not be immediate but it will happen. Contact details are on the website.

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december 17, 2017 04:38pm

FESTIVE GREETING

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Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Bright, Healthy and Happy 2018

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december 12, 2017 02:55pm

NEW PRICES FOR REFLEXOLOGY FOR 2018

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Fees for Herbal Medicine consultations remain the same:-
Intial consultation (approx. 60 - 90 minutes):
Adult £45.00
Children up to 16 years £25.00
Follow-up consultation (approx. 30 minutes):
Adult £22.00
Child £15.00

Reflexology sessions will be:-
Full session (approx 60 mins) £35.00
1/2 hr treatment £20.00

Gift Vouchers are available.

Herbs Walks and Talks can be arranged for small groups

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july 16, 2017 08:17pm

HERB WALK

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Identification of edible and medicinal plants and their uses.
11 a.m. Saturday 20 July, Hillsborough Car Park, Ilfracombe.
Cost £5 per head. Children free.
Walk of approximately 2 hours over uneven and sometimes steep terrain which can be muddy so appropriate fotowear required.
Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Please contact Liz on 01271 882179 or email liz@patcholeherbs.co.uk for further information or to book a space.

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july 13, 2017 03:08pm

BULGARIA - WORLD REFLEXOLOGY WEEK

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World Reflexology Awareness Week runs from 18 - 24 September 2017. During this week I'll be offering reduced-price taster sessions. These will be 30 minute sessions in either face or foot reflexology and will be in Skalsko in Dryanovo Municipality, Bulgaria. For further information or to book a session, please email liz@patcholeherherbs.co.uk.

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may 17, 2017 08:39pm

Article on Medical Herbalism in Spring Edition of Exmoor Magazine

http://www.patcholeherbs.co.uk/may2017article.pdf

This article is produced by kind permission of Exmoor Magazine.
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march 03, 2017 02:51pm

New fees for 2017

From 1 March fees will be:-
First consultation - adult £45.00
First consultation - 0 - 16 years £25.00
Follow-up consultation - adult £22.00
Follow-up consultation - 0 - 16 years £15.00
Tinctures per 100 ml £8.00
Reflexology fees remain the same.
Due to BACS payments sometimes taking 1 - 2 weeks after receipt of consultation and medicine, I will in future have to request part payment in advance.

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october 31, 2016 12:16pm

TELEPHONE NUMBER

The landline number has now reverted to the original one shown on website, leaflets etc. That is: 01271 882179

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