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It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Privategp.com will be closed with effect from the 30th of September 2023.
It has been our privilege to look after you, our PGP “extended family”, which includes over 30,000 patients during our 28-year history.
Our integrative work has been groundbreaking with some truly remarkable and humbling results for which, I believe, we became quite famous.
I would like to thank past and present patients and staff for your tremendous work as an extended team, together with our network of colleagues throughout the UK.
We have worked very hard to try and ensure a smooth transition for your healthcare.
We hope that the information below will be helpful to you.

Your future medical care

It is important that you have access to your NHS GP or other medical service in future should you need prescription-based medications. We are unable to recommend a medical practice but may be able to signpost you to appropriate support via drpiper@privategp.com
If you have special requirements as a past patient please email drpiper@privategp.com. Responses are not guaranteed and will be discretionary.

How we handle your data

We have a legal duty to inform you of the way we are managing your data. Over the past two or three years, our policy has been to send you copies of all your letters, blood results, and notes from your consultations. Therefore, you should have enough information to provide any new GMC-registered medical practitioner.
Past medical records are held securely. Please send any SARS requests to drpiper@privategp.com

PGP still retains the contact data of all patients with an email address. This is with a view to making future contact to advise of any services being provided by PGP going forward. All patients are offered the option of opting out of this and having their contact data removed if they so wish.

Yours in health and happiness.
The PGP Team

Epilepsy

Epilepsy has been in the news a lot lately relating to the effectiveness of cannabis in treating people who have drug resistant epilepsy.

The case of Alfie Dingley is the famous one where his parents had to obtain treatment from abroad prior to the U.K. government’s change of heart in November 2018 where prescriptions of cannabis for drug Resistant epilepsy became legal in the UK, but only under the jurisdiction or management of specialists. GPs are not legally allowed to prescribe the stronger forms of cannabis that contain THC but may do so if instructed to by a neurologist or clinical specialist on the GMC Register.

With respect to the particular scenario of cannabis prescriptions, the N I C E guidelines have only just been reviewed and have stated that due to the high cost of cannabis at the moment, it cannot be recommended on the NHS. This is very sad news indeed and confines those patients who are receiving help from abroad, to a permanent refugee status, in order to stay well.  This is particularly difficult in the case of young children.

However, we have to remember that there are also potentially other options for epilepsy, apart from the routine medications that have always been utilised in medicine.

The underlying mechanisms of epilepsy relate to many things but the concept of neuro inflammation needs to be remembered. This is where the immune system becomes disordered in the brain. Therefore, it is always worthwhile trying to optimise biological systems, a subject which has been mentioned many other times before in my writing. This always seeks to optimise the function of the digestive system and the immune system that lies around it, to treat infections that may underlie some of these conditions, to optimise detoxification processes, improve mitochondrial function and  minimise exposure to toxic load from our environment. The latter includes EMF.

It is very important to remember with epilepsy that referral to a competent neurologist, specialising in epilepsy, is paramount, so that he formal diagnosis can be made.

Because of the implications on lifestyle, jobs, driving and other aspects of well-being, it is important to try and use medication early on to control fits. However a deep search for underlying mechanisms should also take place with a functional medical approach.

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