After more than of year of hiding at home trying to avoid Covid, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have neglected the rest of my health . So I thought it would be useful to give you an updated list of the private doctors we as a family have used and liked.
- French medical centres in London have proliferated over the past few years. They offer access to a wide range of specialists, most often French doctors practising mainly in France and spending a few days each week or each month in London. The Medicare Français, near Earl’s Court tube station, has been established for ages. La Maison M édicale, near South Kensington tube, is more recent but has plenty of doctors too. The Medical Chambers Kensington, near Earl’s Court, offers access to both French and English doctors, who tend to practise full-time in London. We have visited these centres at various occasions and all was fine; but I must admit that I prefer French doctors who work full time in London, as they are better able to give recommendation of London specialists if need be.
- Generalists and paediatricians. For general adult and children health issues, Dr Helene N’Guyen (practising both at the Medical Chambers Kensington and at the Cromwell Hospital) has been our family doctors forever. She is French but has been practising in London for many years and can direct you to a wide range of London specialists if need be. Sadly, our beloved paediatrician Doctor Claudel left London a few years ago so do let me know if you have someone to recommend!!!
- Dermatologists. Professor John Harper is specialised on children skin conditions, in particular eczema, where he has worked wonders on our eldest. Dr Conal Perret treats a wide range of dermatological condition and can perform minor (but quite sophisticated) surgery in his practise, fair-skinned Mr WembleyWonderful is a regular patient. He has treated very successfully our two teenagers’ acne. He also provides services of more aesthetic nature, although extremely expensive and not covered by insurance.
- Allergies. Professor Georges Du Toit treats paediatric allergies and in particular performs desensitisation courses not available on the NHS, which we have been following for two of our children.
- Back, legs, foot etc pains… The London Orthopaedic Clinic deals with broken bones, ruptured tendons, joint and muscular pains and so on. Dr Lloyd Williams sits very high on my praise list, having sorted both my ruptured Achille’s tendon with no operation and my bunion with a pain-free procedure. Dr Deane Halfpenny specialises on back pain and injuries and is a true miracle-maker.
- Physiotherapy and Osteopathy. Physio For All provides physiotherapy and osteopathy in South London, including very hard to find in London post-birth pelvic floor re-education (www.physio4all.com). CHHP on Harley Street has excellent physiotherapists. And Dr Mathilde Konczynski of Body Sphere is our favourite osteopath.
- Plastic Surgery. For the more elective type of surgery, Dr Bassim Matti is an amazingly competent Plastic Surgeon, highly rated for rhinoplasty but also performing a wide range of other procedures.