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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 doctors

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 doctors. 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 medicine and lead clinician for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

community palliative care team, the training programme director for the King’s palliative medicine training scheme and the co-chair of the London Opioid Safety and Improvement Group. Dr Khan graduated from Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ Medical School, having also been awarded a first class honours degree in BSc Neuroscience and an MSc in palliative care from Kings’ College London. His clinical expertise is in complex symptom control and advance care planning.

Dr Jonathan Hoare
MA, FRCP, PhD

Gastroenterology / General Medicine

Dr Hoare is a consultant gastroenterologist and head of endoscopy for the Imperial College hospitals.

He trained at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1993. He undertook a PhD as an MRC research fellow in viral hepatitis and gene therapy from 1998 until 2001. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of gastroenterology including inflammatory bowel disease and functional problems such as irritable bowel.

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

Doctor Training

All of our doctors have been through an intense training program to equip them with the skills required to prescribe this very complex and variable medicine. The program includes face-to-face sessions with an expert cannabis physician, telemedicine clinics with an experienced cannabis counsellor and online modules (with examinations) which are due to be accredited in Canada and the UK

Intense Treatment
Monitoring

Our patients have a ‘Patients Know Best’ account created for them once they have been referred to our clinic.

This gives them access to all of their medical information for their medicinal cannabis treatment. It also allows them to use our uniquely designed symptom checker to report any change in condition since starting treatment with medicinal cannabis and allows us to keep track of doses.

Follow-up procedures will ensure a high level of pharmacovigilance and surveillance with immediate reporting of adverse events to a national database.

Structure Of The Clinic

Referral

As a patient you will be referred from your GP or hospital consultant for a clinical assessment on your condition and whether you may benefit from medicinal cannabis.

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.

What legal changes have been made?

On 1st November 2018 the law in the UK was changed regarding medicinal cannabis. The change was to the Misuse of Drugs regulations 2001. Medicinal cannabis was re-scheduled from a schedule 1 drug (this means of no medical benefit) to a schedule 2 drug (this allows doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis in certain situations).

In practice this means that some patients who have exhausted conventional therapies are able to receive a prescription for medicinal cannabis. Only doctors on the specialist register of the GMC are authorised to prescribe medicinal cannabis and satisfy the the guidelines issued by GMC, NHS England and MHRA.

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Sapphire Medical Clinics is the first UK medical cannabis clinic registered by the CQC

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