Frequently Asked Questions
Before contacting the clinic, you may want to have a read of the questions we get asked most frequently and be aware of this information before contacting us or booking a consultation.
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How do I book a consultation?
Can I have a telephone or video consultation?
We offer telephone and video consultations as well as face to face appointments in our clinic in Stratford Upon Avon. Telephone and video consultations are charged at the same price as face-to-face consultations.
We are unfortunately unable to offer telephone or video consultations to patients living or visiting overseas due to restrictions in our insurance . All our overseas patients must be seen either in the clinic or via a video or phone consultation whilst in the UK.
Do I need a referral letter from my GP?
You do not need a GP or another doctor’s referral letter to be seen in our clinic. The majority of women self-refer and do not need a letter.
If you have any blood test results or letters from previous relevant medical consultations, then it is useful to bring copies of these with you when you attend for your appointment or email to firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of your appointment.
Do you prescribe bioidentical HRT?
The safest types of HRT are “body identical hormones” which means that they are the same structure as the hormones you naturally produce in your body. These hormones are also sometimes referred to as “regulated bioidentical HRT”.
There are some types of hormones given in private clinics called “compounded bioidentical hormones”. These are completely different to body identical hormones – they are not regulated and are not subject to any quality control. They are custom made hormones in combination doses or preparations that are not routinely available on a standard prescription.
There is no good quality evidence to support the use of these hormones and they are not recommended. In addition, they have not been subjected to the same tests of safety, efficacy, or dosing consistency as the type of HRT that requires a prescription, including body identical hormones. We do not ever give women compounded bioidentical HRT.
Can I have a Mirena coil inserted in the clinic?
The Mirena coil can be used to protect the lining of your womb as part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and can be in place for up to five years. The Mirena coil can be fitted in our clinic by one of our specialist nurses or one of the doctors.
Do you prescribe testosterone?
Testosterone is an important hormone for many women as well as for men. Many women find that using testosterone can improve their libido as well as their mood, energy and concentration. There is not currently a licensed preparation of testosterone available for women in the UK.
In this clinic we usually prescribe testosterone as a cream called AndroFeme which is a regulated preparation for women which is actually now licensed for women in Australia. This is the safest way of women receiving testosterone. Women who need testosterone can have a private prescription from one of the clinicians in our clinic.
Do you see patients from overseas?
We can only see patients from overseas if they are in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for their appointment. Patients who are domiciled outside the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man must physically attend the clinic in Stratford Upon Avon for all appointments.
Patients who were domiciled in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man at the time of their initial treatment but have now moved overseas can either attend the clinic for follow up appointments or participate remotely by telephone or video link.
How can I obtain more information about the menopause?
How do I contact the clinic with any queries I have following my appointment?
It is usually preferable to email rather than phone with any questions you may have following your appointment to the clinic. Your email will then be passed on to your clinician. Many of our clinicians only work with us on a part-time basis so it may take several days for you to be given a response. Clearly if your question needs an urgent reply then one of the other clinicians working at the clinic will respond to you sooner.
How do I receive the results of any blood tests I have?
All our blood testing is done by Nationwide Pathology. As soon as your results are available they will be reviewed and commented on by one of our clinicians. You will then receive an email asking you to log onto the system so that you will be able to access your results and also the clinician's comments.
How much are blood tests and other investigations?
Blood tests are not necessary to diagnose the perimenopause and menopause for most women. However, we often recommend blood test to assess hormone levels which can guide treatment. Blood tests are also sometimes recommended as part of a well woman check or to assess other systems, for example thyroid function tests.
Our women’s health profile (which includes full blood count, kidney function, liver function, thyroid tests, vitamin D level, iron level, vitamin B12 and folate levels, cholesterol and hormone levels) costs £245.
Blood test results and other test results submitted by a different clinic or by a GP may be reviewed only if you are unable to use our preferred pathology lab. There is a charge for this service of £30 - £50 depending on the nature of the tests.
Prices for other recommended investigations for some women, such as a bone density scan or ultrasound, can be given on request.
|Name of Profile||Blood Tests||Cost*|
|Newson Health 1||FBC, Kidney Function, Liver Function, Lipids, Ferritin, Thyroid function, HbA1c, Oestradiol, Testosterone, SHBG, Vitamin B12, Folate, Vitamin D.||£245|
|Newson Health 2||Oestradiol, SHBG, Testosterone||£100|
|Newson Health 3||SHBG, Testosterone||£72|
|Newson Health 4||Oestradiol, SHBG, Testosterone, Thyroid Function (including T4 and T3)||£135|
|Cost for using a satellite phlebotomy clinic||From £35|
*We reserve the right to change any of our advertised prices without prior notice.
How long does a consultation last?
We always ensure that there is adequate time during a consultation for women to explain their situation and be given individual advice and choices regarding treatment, including HRT.
How long does it take for HRT to work?
Women really vary with how they respond once they start HRT. Some women find they feel better quickly whereas for other women it can take three months to feel the full effects. It is worth persevering with any treatment you are given for three months before deciding how it suits you.
Some women do develop breast tenderness initially which often settles. Some women do experience some bleeding which usually settles within the first few months.
If you are still experiencing symptoms after three months then it may be that the dose or type of HRT needs to be changed.
Will I be given HRT?
Although the majority of women usually benefit from taking a type of Hormone Replacement Therapy, this is only one part of treatment for the menopause. Some women choose not to take HRT or cannot take HRT due to medical reasons and so there are alternative treatments available. These will be discussed on an individual basis.
How much does a consultation cost?
How much will the HRT medication cost?
Women who are likely to benefit from taking HRT are usually given a private prescription for the first few months. The majority of women subsequently receive the HRT (other than the testosterone) from their GPs on an NHS prescription. Some women continue to have HRT as a private prescription from us.
Costs for a month's supply of HRT will vary depending on the type of medication prescribed, but varies is around £14 per item. Testosterone is more expensive at £80 for a tube of cream that will last around 3-4 months.
In addition, a prescription dispensing fee of £35 will be charged for each prescription, regardless of the number of items on the prescription.
How often will I need to be seen?
The majority of women are seen again around three months after their initial appointment. Sometimes then after 6 months then after that women usually have an annual review.
I am still having periods - can I still be seen in the menopause clinic?
The menopause occurs one year after a woman’s last menstrual period. Many women experience perimenopausal symptoms for several years before their periods stop. If you are experiencing perimenopausal symptoms which are having a negative impact on the quality of your life, then it is likely you will benefit by being given individualised advice and treatment from one of the clinicians in our clinic.
Is it normal to be bloated on HRT?
Some types of progestogens can lead to some bloating and lower abdominal discomfort. This usually settles within a few months. If you have symptoms that worsen or any symptoms you are concerned about then you should either contact us or your GP.
Is it normal to bleed on HRT?
It is very common for women to have irregular and even sometimes heavy bleeding when they start HRT or when they increase the dose of oestrogen in the HRT. This can take 3 to 6 months to settle.
If you have bleeding that worsens or does not improve after this time, then you should contact us at the clinic or your GP as further investigations may be necessary.
Is it normal to have sore breasts on HRT?
Some women experience breast tenderness when they start taking HRT. This can be due to either the oestrogen or progesterone and usually settles with time. It can take a few months to settle completely.
What correspondence will I receive from the clinic after my appointment?
The clinician will email you a letter, outlining what was said during the consultation, usually within 7-10 days. Your GP will also be emailed a copy of this letter, unless you have said you prefer for your GP not to be contacted.
You will also receive your blood results as an email with a comment from your clinician explaining what the results mean. This usually comes at a different time to your letter.
What is a DEXA scan and how do I book one?
We offer DEXA bone density scans here at Newson Health. During the perimenopause and menopause women are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis (weak bones), this is due to falling levels of oestrogen which helps to protect bone strength. A DEXA scan is a simple safe scan which a uses a low dose X-rays to see how dense (or strong) your bones are.
To book a scan call 01789 595004 or email email@example.com.
What qualifications do the doctors and nurses have?
All the clinicians working in the clinic have been trained as GPs, nurses or pharmacists and have a particular interest in the menopause. See all our clinicians and their qualifications here.
If your NHS GP or nurse works with us here at the clinic, you will not be able to book an appointment to see them privately. We will be happy to offer you an appointment with one of our other clinicians.
Where is my HRT prescription dispensed?
We work with the company CloudRx (a licensed Pharmacy GPhc number 9011284) to dispense and dispatch medication on our behalf. Following your video or phone consultation during which your medicine has been prescribed, CloudRx will contact you by email or text to take payment for the medication before it is posted to you.
Patients visiting us in the clinic will usually have their prescriptions dispensed from the clinic. Repeat prescriptions should be requested through the website and will be dispensed by Cloud Rx.
Will my medical insurance cover the cost of my consultation?
Treatment for the menopause is not covered by private medical insurance but it is always a good idea to check with your insurance company.
Where can I park?
The nearest car park to the clinic is located at the rear of Winton House. This is a pay and display car park.
Please visit the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council website for information regarding other car parks in the area.
The nearest train station is at Stratford-upon-Avon Train Station. However, Warwick Parkway Train Station is often more convenient as trains are more frequent. This is around a 15-20 minute taxi ride away.
Does the centre have wheelchair access?
Our centre is easily accessed by wheelchair users via the ramp at the front of the building and we have a consulting room and both male and female toilet facilities on the ground floor.
Please let us know in advance if you have any special requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.