More time to care
more time with your GP
support from a health coach
meet others with similar concerns and health conditions
time to talk about what really matters to you
receive prescriptions, arrange tests and referrals
"I've learnt a lot! Groups are more friendly, sometimes in a 1:1 appointment it is hard to find the answers. In groups you feel more relaxed and can discuss things. I've come away with so many new ideas"
What are Group Clinics?
Group clinics are a tried and tested way for you to consult with a healthcare professional with up to 10 other patients with similar conditions. This process is supported by a trained facilitator with health coaching skills. You can also see consultants, pharmacists, mental health workers, social prescribers and nurses in this way. Group clinics can be in-person or on-line and they do not replace 1:1 appointments which will always remain available to you.
These type of clinics have been used for over 20 years in the US and Australia and over 10 years in the UK.
People tell us that group clinics can help them to feel more confident to manage their health, allow more time to talk about what matters, receive support to make lifestyle changes and find out more about their condition.
Video group clinics have been used during Covid-19 and for those who struggle with transport to the surgery or prefer a video format.
What happens in a Group Clinic?
Before a group consultation you will receive information with frequently asked questions, and you may be asked to obtain some up-to-date bloods, blood pressure, mood scores, lifestyle scores, weight etc.
When you arrive, you will check-in at reception as you would normally and Hannah (our health coach and facilitator) welcomes everyone into the group meeting room. Hannah then explains the process of the group consultation and runs through some group understandings and supports everyone to come up with their key concerns or questions for discussion around the health topic of concern.
Then everyone breaks for a cup of tea or coffee whilst Hannah discusses with the GP what the key concerns are for the group. The GP then consults with each participant in turn, answering everyone’s questions and drawing on the group’s experience. The GP leaves and Hannah then supports everyone to come up with their own plan or health goal, she may get in touch after the group with further information on support etc. The GP can then make referrals, request tests and prescribe medications if needed.
Group Clinic Topics
Type-2 Diabetes & Weight Management Group Clinics
Who are they for?
If you have a diagnosis of Type-2 Diabetes or "pre-diabetes" or think you are at risk of Type-2 Diabetes (e.g. carrying extra weight), then these groups are for you. We can support you to reduce weight, prevent Type-2 diabetes and live healthier despite Type-2 diabetes, manage your medications and learn more about your condition as well as what you can do to prevent, treat and potentially (for some people) reverse Type-2 Diabetes.
What do people talk about?
People often want to talk about what foods are good for those with Type-2 Diabetes, what else works to improve health other than medications, how to best manage medications - what the side effects or benefits might be, how stress, sleep and alcohol can affect blood sugars. We often talk about the new research that shows that Type-2 diabetes can be reversed in some people through significant lifestyle changes and weight loss.
What happens in Type-2 Diabetes group?
You will be welcomed by Hannah our health coach who will explain how the session runs. She will then find out from you what your key concerns are and what you want to prioritise in the session. She may also ask you to fill in a survey before the group which can help us to focus on key areas for the group - whether this is medications, food, sleep, finances or stress for example.
Dr Fallows can prescribe, request tests and refer you to specialists if this is needed (although it often isn't). Hannah will also support you to find out what is available locally to support you to make the lifestyle changes you chose to make after the group clinic. For example, this could be going to an activity class, getting in touch with talking therapies or finding support with financial stress.
Menopause Group Clinics
Who are they for?
If you are a woman (usually over the age of 45 years, but rarely some women enter the menopause earlier) and are concerned about menopause or peri-menopause symptoms or just want to know more, then these groups are for you. We can support you to live well after these hormone changes, learn about the recent changes in our understanding about the menopause and the risks and benefits as well as the unknowns that still remain about the newer HRT types.
What do people talk about?
People often want to talk about how they might know they are experiencing menopausal hormone changes, what symptoms to expect, what are the benefits of newer HRTs as well as the risks, unknowns and side-effects.
What happens in Menopause group clinic?
These are most often held on-line through MS Teams. You will be welcomed by Hannah our health coach who will explain how the session runs, check ID and consent. She will then find out from you what your key concerns are and what you want to prioritise to discuss in the session. She may also ask you to fill in a lifestyle survey before the group which can help us to focus on key areas for the group.
Dr Fallows can prescribe, request tests and refer you to specialists if this is needed (although it often isn't). Hannah will also support you to find out what is available locally to support you to make the changes you chose to make after the group clinic. For example, this could be reading in more detail about the benefits and risks of HRT, going to an activity class, getting in touch with talking therapies or finding support with financial stress. You will also be sent further information about the menopause and the role of HRT and other therapies.
Book Your Group Clinic
Call the medical centre on 01280 702436.
(Group clinics are not bookable on-line)
Check there is a group for your particular health condition.
Groups are usually run on Tuesdays throughout the year and may be on-line or in-person.