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The Importance of Knowing Where You Have Been, Where You Are and Where You Are Going…

Dr Robert D.W. Stevens

As a doctor with over 20 years medical experience, I am fully aware of the challenges faced by the NHS in delivering a high quality service that satisfies both the needs of the many, and that of the individual.

One of the main purposes of opening my own clinic was to allow me to deliver a personalised service to my patient that always has their best interests at heart.  Whilst cost-effectiveness remains an integral part of the process, it should not preclude the ability to deliver the highest quality care available that best serves the patient’s needs.  Our service is fully transparent, as I believe it helps to establish trust and concordance.

The philosophy behind The Men’s Health Clinic is one of prevention.  One must address the fundamentals of health, lifestyle, nutrition and exercise, before reaching for the medicine cabinet.  You cannot build a strong house without solid foundations.

I qualified from Sheffield Medical School in 1997 where I achieved my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB).  After a brief stint in surgery, I turned my attention to primary care where the focus was more of a holistic approach.  I achieved my Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) qualification in 2010.

Unfortunately I didn’t like the direction General Practice was heading.  It had become more of a fire-fighting exercise and the doctor-patient relationship had changed to more of a sales-consumer one, where in the back of the shop you only had out of date stock, and supplies were running low.

I began to look to prevention.  I achieved my Diploma in Fitness & Personal Training (Dip.FIPT) in 2013 to see how and where I could utilise my medical skills to best tackle an area of medicine that is recognised to be important, yet is not adequately addressed.

Men’s health is an area of medicine that is in much need of attention.  Some aspects are sufficiently dealt with by the NHS, but management of male hormone deficiency is an area that is in much need of redressing.

Our aim is to increase understanding and awareness surrounding the diagnosis and management of male hypogonadism and improve patient access to the highest quality service possible.

It’s important to understand that you need to take responsibility for your own health, it improves compliance and outcomes, we can affect a positive change for the many by focusing on the individual.