Collecting your recent and past medical history is the most important part of the diagnostic process. We will go through your personal and family medical history, identifying the relevant information with the view of reaching the correct differential diagnosis.
During our video-consultation we will review in details any existing documents, clinic letters, diagnostic imaging. You may be asked to show on video the affected part of your body (e.g. wounds, varicose veins, aching limb) and perform basic physical tests.
Video-consultation will allow us to thoroughly discuss in plain language, the physio-pathology, the natural history and possible implications of your condition. Sharing electronic information resources (e.g. didactic Power Point presentations) will facilitate the understanding of otherwise complex medical conditions.
For these reasons, our video consultations slots are exceptionally long, between 30 and 45 mins.
Video consultations may NOT fully replace the role of face-to-face assessment. Further vascular physical examination and/or diagnostic imaging (e.g. Ultrasound Duplex scan, CTA, X-ray) may be necessary following our remote consultation. You will then receive an appointment for your scan with no further delay.
If you are insured please ensure that your insurance company has given authorisation for your scan.
Video consultation is the ideal setting to:
- monitor and discuss the progress of your vascular condition and wound healing
- review in details the findings of your scan (vascular imaging)
- elaborate together the most appropriate treatment plan (conservative management vs. surgical options), including the associated risks and benefits
- optimise medical and pharmacological therapy
- offer further advice regarding your ongoing community wound care and management and specific instructions to your District or GP practice nurses
Second Opinions on Vascular conditions and Wound Care
- we will thoroughly review all your previous medical documentation and scans
- go through a differential diagnosis process and re-formulate a correct diagnosis
- we will facilitate the transfer of relevant clinic and/or discharge letters, scans and blood tests from other hospitals
After a video-consultation you and your GP will be sent a clinic letter confirming the details of the consultation and just as we do for face-to-face consultation.