Anthea J Bentley BSc (Hons) Ost Med DO – Registered Osteopath

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As directors of the practice, Perry and I are doing what we can to support our practitioners and extend help to the Stamford community, to ensure the long term future of the practice after this situation abates.

I am very sorry that, in order to retain any sort of income for us as a family, I have had to furlough myself – which means I am not allowed to do any work to support the business in any way, shape or form.  It’s incredibly frustrating.

I am unable to even speak to any of my patients to give advice if they are suffering during this time of lock down and practice closure. However, Perry isn’t furloughed so patients can speak with him.  

Our normal work depends so much on getting our hands ‘on’ our patients, but much can be achieved by talking with people, advising them about self-help treatments, simple exercises and over the counter medications. When you’re in pain, talking to a professional can set one’s mind at rest and allay fears. Phone calls will not be charged for. 

Perry is also available to offer remote face-to-face session online. Remote sessions are simple to arrange can be booked at a mutually convenient time.  Remote sessions will be charged at the rate of £35 for established patients, or £45 for new patients.  We are allowing up to an hour for each remote appointment. Please get in touch via the practice on 01780 480889 or by email to info@thebroadstreetpractice.co.uk to book in.

In a real emergency and subject to strict criteria, Perry may agree to see a patient in person at the practice. Any such appointment will be proceeded by an extensive phone conversation to assess the problem, understand the circumstances of the individual, and minimise risk to both parties and their contacts. It may be that he will have to decline to treat. Please try and be understanding if this is his decision.  He will try to refer you on to appropriate care. Emergency sessions will be charged at his normal rate.

Stay safe.

Anthea

 

Anthea is co-founder and co-director of The Broad Street Practice with husband Perry. Intending to avoid confusion (but perhaps causing it!) Anthea practises under her maiden name.

Before training as an osteopath Anthea travelled widely and studied Psychology & Neurophysiology at Exeter College, Oxford. Realising that her vocation lay elsewhere she went on to train as a secretary/PA working across a wide range of industries, eventually as a Medical Secretary at a leading private hospital in London, working for some of the country’s leading orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists. It was while working there that Anthea discovered osteopathy and returned to college for the 4 year degree course in Osteopathic Medicine, graduating at the tender age of 32!

Anthea has a wealth of experience. She prides herself in her role as a primary healthcare practitioner and relishes the diversity of patients who come through the door – all ages, backgrounds, professions, body shapes and states of health! A mother of two herself she particularly enjoys treating pregnant women and mothers of young children and with her secretarial background she has particular empathy (and sympathy!) for those whose working hours keep them stuck at a desk and in front of a computer screen.

“I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to teach patients – introducing them to the anatomy, physiology and mechanics underlying their problem. I’m a great believer that if people understand what has happened to them and why, then we’re half way to resolving the problem or helping to gain control over a long-standing condition.”

Ongoing training is a central part of maintaining osteopathic accreditation with the General Osteopathic Council. To this end Anthea attends a variety of training courses, seminars and workshops every year.

“I relish contact with other osteopaths and exposure to new ideas, techniques and approaches. Having said that, my osteopathy remains entirely patient-focussed – I’ll let others teach the next generation and do the research. I choose to concentrate on my patients, my community and strive to be the best osteopath I can be…. and a half-decent wife and mother to Duncan and Arthur.”