functional medicine associates

3 month
Programme

£3000 - 3 months

We have designed this package based on many years of experience working with patients and we feel that this is the most appropriately structured package for the majority of clients.

This programme runs for approximately 3 months from the date of your first consultation (we request that all consultations within the package must be used within a 4 month period).

We ask for a 50% (£1500) deposit at the onset of the programme with the balance (£1500) being due approximately halfway through the programme. Both payments are non-refundable. 

What’s included in the Programme? 

Our 3 month programme includes 6 hours of consultation time with your practitioner and typically follows the structure below. This is only a guide however and it is sometimes necessary to deviate from this structure depending on the individual patient.

Each patient’s file requires a practitioner to spend a considerable amount of time behind the scenes. In addition to this we allocate a clinical lead for each patient and this will be the practitioner you will have your consultations with.

Our practitioners do however work collaboratively on each case and in some instances, you may have 2 practitioners present during a consultation. All consultations can be done via Zoom or face to face as requested.

Example programme structure:

  • Data gathering - questionnaires, case file review and analysis prior to 2hr consultation.
  • 1x 2 hour consultation.
  • Lab testing recommended and organised for patient. 
  • Initial dietary and lifestyle advice. 
  • 1 x 30 min consultation to discuss progress and challenges. 
  • 1 x 90 min consultation to review lab test results. 
  • Revision and enhancement of initial dietary and lifestyle based on findings from lab results. 
  • 2x additional 30 min consultations. 
  • 1x 60 min consultation with review of programme and next steps discussion. 
  • Short email messaging support for the duration of the package. 
  • Within this 3 month programme 5 additional hours of professional time is allocated for additional research and preparation around your file 
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Data Gathering

Once you have decided to go ahead with the 3 month programme the first step would be to fix a date for your 2 hour consultation. We also ask that you read carefully through our terms and conditions and that you agree to and sign these before proceeding.

Using our secure online medical platform, “Living Matrix”, the next step would be to invite you to answer some detailed questionnaires. These questionnaires allow us to gather the relevant information needed to build up a detailed case history. You will be asked questions around your past and current medical history, past and current lifestyle habits (exercise, diet, sleep, work, stress etc), supplementation, medication, family history as well as any significant life events.

This information provides a vital starting point for us to start work researching around your file, preparing your notes and holding discussions with our other FMA Practitioners. We ask that you complete your questionnaires 5-7 days prior to your 2hour consultation so that your practitioner has adequate time to extensively review and analyse the information prior to your first consultation. 

Initial 2 hour Consultation

During this consultation you and your practitioner will discuss any significant findings from the questionnaires. You will talk in depth about the symptoms you are experiencing, and we discuss where we might look to find the root causes of these symptoms. We talk about your goals and expectations. It is not unusual for 2 practitioners to be present during this consultation. Relevant testing will be discussed with you and any tests deemed appropriate will be ordered upon your agreement. All test kits sent to you come with full instructions for collecting samples, however if you experience difficulties, we can provide email assistance to help.

In the majority of cases you will be sent for a blood test following your consultation.

Following your 2 hour consultation you will receive an initial diet & lifestyle plan (in electronic form) to get you started and motivated. This plan will be based on the information gathered during the first consultation and will contain advice regarding lifestyle changes, supplementation etc. We recommend that you follow this plan for 4-6 weeks whilst waiting for any test results to come back.

We will arrange a 30 minute consultation for you approximately 2 -3 weeks into your programme in order to discuss how you are getting on and any challenges you are experiencing. We will also discuss the results of the blood test. This consultation can take place face to face or via FaceTime/Skype/phone. We are also available and encourage short email communication /support during this time.

Your 90 minute test review consultation

Once we have received the results of your other laboratory tests, we will notify you and arrange for you to have a 90 minute face to face (preferably) consultation to discuss these results. Based on the findings of these tests we will then review your initial diet & lifestyle plan to make it more individualised and discuss appropriate treatment strategies if deemed necessary. This may involve changing your supplementation regime and/or making further dietary and lifestyle modifications. This new plan will run for the following 8 weeks with periodic support (2 additional 30minute consultations as well as email support).

Your 60 minute review consultation

At the end of the 8 week plan you will have a 60 minute consultation with your practitioner to review the programme and discuss the next steps. (Many of our patients require treatment for much longer than 3 months). At this point many patients choose to commit to an additional 3 month package and be re-tested in order to see how well the implemented changes have worked. Others feel well enough to carry on with their journey independently. 

Additional hours included in the programme

As you can appreciate, with each patient a considerable amount of time must be spent reviewing the case history notes, discussing your case with our other practitioners and continued research of the most up to date medical literature around your condition. It also includes administrative time spent organising the ordering of laboratory diagnostic testing kits, analysing test results, writing up programmes, organising supplementation etc.

What’s NOT included in the Programme? 

Laboratory Testing & Supplements

The cost of any laboratory diagnostic testing is paid directly by the patient to the lab involved (please ask your practitioner for costs and details).

Please note that the email support included in your programme does not include emails that require lengthy replies. We suggest that unless your query is urgent, you make a list of questions to discuss at your next consultation. You are welcome to email this list to us prior to your appointment so that you get the most out of the consultation. 

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