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Sapphire Medical Clinics

Our aim is to enable access to medicinal cannabis for patients who will derive clinical benefit through consultation with expert doctors working within a framework approved by all relevant medical regulatory authorities.

Formed by doctors for the mutual benefit of patients and healthcare professionals

Our aim is to enable access to medicinal cannabis for patients who will derive clinical benefit through consultation with expert doctors working within a framework approved by all relevant regulatory authorities.

Sapphire Medical Clinics were formed by doctors for all healthcare professionals. We aim to become a trusted partner of NHS medical professionals and support patients in using medicinal cannabis where appropriate.

Sapphire Clinics Multidisciplinary Team

Dr Michael Platt

Dr Michael Platt MA MBBS FRCA FFPMRCA

Medical Director

Dr Platt has been a consultant and honorary senior lecturer in pain medicine and anaesthetics at Imperial College since 1991.

Following medical training in Australia, he undertook specialist training in anaesthetics and pain medicine in London. He is a professional and highly effective senior consultant in pain medicine and anaesthetics with over 23 years in senior clinical leadership and specialist roles. In his NHS practice he is a senior consultant at the Imperial Pain Clinic and is frequently referred complex patients from other specialists in the UK and abroad.

Professor Praveen Anand
MD, MA, FRCP

Neurology / Neuropathic Pain

Professor Praveen Anand is Professor of Clinical Neurology and honorary Consultant Neurologist at Imperial College London.

His medical education was at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and post-graduate training at the Hammersmith Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. His research focuses on pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms in human sensory neuropathies and chronic pain syndromes and he has studied medicinal cannabis for approximately 20 years. He runs an integrated tertiary referral clinic evaluating patients with treatment resistant neuropathic pain.

Dr Mark Weatherall
MBBC, FRCP, PhD, MA

General Neurology

Dr Mark Weatherall is a Consultant Neurologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Vice-Chair of the British Association for the Study of Headache and a former Trustee of the Migraine Trust. He was a highly regarded historian of medicine before studying clinical medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge University. His clinical practice includes the treatment of headache, migraine, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and numerous other neurological disorders.

Dr Shaheen Khan
BSc, MSc, MBBS, FRCP

Palliative Care

Dr Shaheen Khan is a Consultant in Palliative Care and Clinical Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

He graduated from Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ Medical School, having also been awarded a first class BSc in Neuroscience and subsequent research as part of his MSc in Palliative Care from Kings’ College London.

His interests include complex pain and symptom control, opioids and medicinal cannabis, advance care planning, and clinical leadership.

Dr Jonathan Hoare
MA, FRCP, PhD

Gastroenterology / General Medicine

Dr Hoare has been consultant in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, since 2006.

He trained at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1993. He has broad interests across gastroenterology, having gained his PhD as an MRC Research Fellow in molecular biology and been head of endoscopy for 11 years. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of luminal gastroenterology including inflammatory bowel disease and functional problems such as irritable bowel while having specialist expertise in endoscopy.

Dr James Rucker
MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych, PhD

Psychiatry

Dr Rucker is a Clinician Scientist (senior clinical lecturer level) at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, specialising in mood disorders, psychopharmacology and novel drug treatments combined with psychotherapy.

Dr Sushil Beri
MBBS, MD, DNB, MRCPCH

Paediatric Neurology

Dr Beri is a consultant paediatric neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He has trained at various university and teaching hospitals across the UK and he undertook his general paediatric training at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Dr Beri sees young children and adolescents with all kinds of acute and chronic neurological disorders including childhood epilepsy, faints and funny turns, migraines and other headaches, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular and neurogenetic disorders.

Leadership & Management Team

Managing Director and Academic Lead for Sapphire Medical Clinics, Dr Mikael Sodergren, explains why we set up Sapphire Medical Clinics

He explores the uses of medical cannabis, describing its applications and discusses the future of cannabinoid research in the short and long-term.

Read article on EPR

Events

On the 29th October 2019, we held our first medical education event at the RSM (Royal Society of Medicine). We received over 400 registrations and were joined on the night by GPs, Hospital Consultants and interested parties.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Zeid Mohamedali MD, PhD, FRCSC: Chief Medical Officer, Zenabis Global and Adult and Paediatric Urology, British Columbia
  • Dr Peter Irving MA MD MRCP: Consultant Gastroenterologist, Guys and St Thomas Hospital London
  • Dr Amir Englund: PhD Cannabinoid Psychopharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Professor Praveen Anand MD., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.P: Professor of Neurology, Imperial College London

“Excellent event with interesting speakers in a fantastic location.”
“Great event, look forward to more from Sapphire and their team. Thank you.”
“Thanks for the educational evening.”

Excellent event with interesting speakers in a fantastic location.

Great event, look forward to more from Sapphire and their team. Thank you.

Thanks for the educational evening.

Structure Of The Clinic

Make an Appointment

Patients seeking an appointment to discuss treatment with medical cannabis can complete our assisted referral form. Eligible patients can provide us with their healthcare records or we can obtain these through their GP.

Consultation

Each patient will be assessed by one of our expert consultants in the area of your illness. The consultation will last 40 minutes. There will be no incentives for doctors to approve cannabis prescriptions.

Prescription 

Every prescription will be agreed upon by our Multidisciplinary Team and signed off by our Medical Director. We will endeavour to deliver the medicine to the patient without delay, via our partners.

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