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Dr Surenthiran's NHS clinic closing?


I hope so too. I know that Dr. S is “not the second coming” and that he has no magic wand and just uses the usual round of drugs but I have faith he’ll stick with me, muddling along until something or a combination of meds offers decent relief. In the past, as soon as I was even marginally a bit better I was discharged from ENT or Migraine clinic care and left to get on with things despite assurances at the outset that consultants would stick with me and get me better. (I usually saw these consultants privately and in the NHS)

Dr. S has not offered to get me better or cure me but to work on a long term plan towards a better quality of life It gave me faith in him that he wasn’t promising a short or easy path to relief.


It really must be helpful to have somebody who is interested enough to be prepared to stick with you. Neither of the specialists I saw were interested, despite their adverts which stated otherwise and which were what drew me to them in the first place, and I saw both privately. They were only interested in giving a diagnosis and prompt payment. The neuro-otologist actually said he couldn’t help me further so much as he regretted it he wouldn’t be able to take any more money from me. Honest, at least. I assume specialists think GPs have the knowledge and resources to manage MAV. Some do I suppose but personally I‘ve yet to meet one. It’s a sorry state of affairs really in these modern times but that’s just how it is I guess, Success with MAV, however you measure it, can depend on the individual you end up with, and their enthusiasm for their subject. @jojo65 has had success, at last and she says she has a young female neurologist who promises not to abandon her. Helen

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Yes - that is what I like about Dr S. He is in it for the long term!

I was quite lucky with Dr S as when I saw him as a private patient it was me that had to chase him for the bill! Jan xx

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The neuro-otologist I saw wanted paying in advance. The second, migraine specialist neurologist, sent a bill offering 14 days terms, and the very same day it arrived I had two quite abusive messages on my ansa machine (she obviously uses a debt collecting agency) saying payment was overdue! And more calls next day. I was annoyed because my husband had already posted cheque by return before I’d checked the ansa machine or she would have waited the full 14 days on principle! Helen


Wow - that sounds very aggressive. What happened to ‘customer service’ ? Very off-putting! Jan x