Dr Guruswamy specialises in the treatment of common mental and behavioural disorders including addictions and adult ADHD. In addition, she is trained as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT)
with an interest in self harm behaviour. Her interests also include Medicolegal aspects of psychiatric care as her Masters is in Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Her areas of experience include:
• Affective disorders
• Adult ADHD
• Alcohol and other addiction treatments
• Anxiety treatment
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Postnatal disorders
• Post traumatic stress disorder
• Somatisation disorder
• Transcultural mental health issues
DR. SHRUTHI GURUSWAMY – CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST
Dr Guruswamy undertook her Post Graduate training in Psychiatry at University College Dublin
and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. She became a member of the
Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2008.
Dr Guruswamy moved to the UK in 2012 from Ireland and took up a full time Consultant role with the
Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust treating individuals with complex and enduring
mental and behavioural disorders. She became a full time Consultant Psychiatrist in the Independent
Sector in 2014 and alongside her private practice she was appointed Consultant in the Priory Hospital.
She has published papers on Irish Mental Health Law and wrote her thesis on The Evolution of Irish
Mental Health Policy. She has also developed policies on Risk Management and
Mental Health Liaison Systems with Primary Healthcare providers.
She is additionally trained as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT) with an interest in
self-harm behaviour. Her interests also include Medicolegal aspects of psychiatry care as
her Masters is in Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Dr Guruswamy has an interest in Theatre and dramatics, and has attended Acting School.
She also has an avid interest in Indian history and enjoys collecting Indian Art.
Dr Guruswamy specialises in the treatment of common mental and behavioural disorders including addictions and adult ADHD. In addition,
she is trained as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT) with an interest in self harm behaviour. Her interests also include Medicolegal
aspects of psychiatric care as her Masters is in Forensic and Legal Medicine.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Seasonal affective disorder.
Post traumatic stress
disorder – PTSD.
Panic attack treatment; Adjustment disorders.
Body dysmorphic disorder;
Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
and Self harm help.
Dr Guruswamy offers outpatient consultations in central and south west London, offering greater access for outpatients. She works closely with other healthcare professionals matching patients with suitable psychologists, psychotherapists and other health care professionals ensuring patients have rapid access to a wide range of high quality evidence based therapeutic interventions.
Dr Guruswamy works collaboratively with patients and their families when recommending the most suitable setting for treatment which,
for individuals with symptoms requiring more than can be offered on an outpatient basis, may include care as an inpatient at the
Priory Hospital Roehampton, or if more appropriate, intensive support at home in collaboration with families, GPs and specialist nurses.
She can also organise treatment abroad at specialist treatment facilities in the United States, South Africa and Europe.
It might be helpful to understand a little about how the practice works. Dr Guruswamy is a Consultant Psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are
medically qualified, which enables them to investigate physical causes or consequences of mental ill health,
liaise with other medical colleagues and prescribe medication when indicated.
ROUTES OF REFERRAL
You will normally have come to see Dr Guruswamy following referral by your GP, therapist or another specialist colleague. Some of you may
have come following a recommendation by another patient or simply because of geographical convenience through the increasing
numbers using the internet to search for specialists.
REASONS FOR REFERRAL
Individuals come to see Dr Guruswamy for a number of reasons. You may have noticed that you are suffering symptoms that you recognise as signs of psychiatric disorder, or experienced recent personal life events that have had a significant impact on your psychological wellbeing: affecting different areas of your life such as work or relationships with your family. You may have noticed that you present a pattern of behaving or thinking that is repeatedly making it difficult to relate to others or feel good about yourself or that have been associated with you developing addictive behaviours with substances or what we call process addictions such as excessive and out of control behaviours.
MAKING AN APPOINTMENT
When making an appointment you can call or email Dr Guruswamy’s PA. Her PA works Mondays to Fridays from 9.00am to 5:00pm, although messages can be left on voicemail or by email outside these hours and they will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible. Her PA will take
your non-clinical details, such as name, address, date of birth and GP and offer you an appointment in the most convenient location to you.
The initial consultation will consist of an assessment, which lasts approximately an hour, to explore the symptoms that you suffer
that are common in psychiatric conditions, and identify what makes you unique. A full evaluation helps Dr Guruswamy to
formulate a diagnosis and recommend the best treatment options for you. This may be followed by a letter to your GP unless you
do not wish your doctor to be informed. Whilst this is entirely your choice, letting your GP know about medication alerts them to any interactions with medication that they are prescribing you and they will often be able to fill prescriptions through the NHS, which is cheaper.
Whilst you may prefer to see Dr Guruswamy on your own, she is always happy to welcome family members or friends with you as this also provides an opportunity to obtain further information about you that might help her to better understand your situation. If you wish Dr Guruswamy to discuss your condition with either your family or others in your absence then your written permission will be needed to enable her to do so.
She is always happy to copy you into any correspondence relating to your treatment.
Telephone consultation and email communication
Whilst it is always better to discuss matters face to face, it may occasionally be more convenient to consult over the telephone or Skype. These consultations are charged at the usual rates. You may from time to time wish to briefly discuss matters arising from medication or changes in circumstances. Unless there is an emergency, this is not usually possible immediately, as Dr Guruswamy may not have access to your notes or will most likely be in clinics. Other than for a brief telephone conversation (less than 5 minutes) it is better that you book an appointment.
Sometimes you may wish to write things down in an email, for example, so as not to forget information. Should you choose to email
Dr Guruswamy, please be aware that it may not be possible for her to read emails prior to the consultation and that it may be necessary to book a consultation with her to discuss any response. The General Medical Council have issued advice to Clinicians regarding the use of emails and
noted that emails are not a secure method of communication, suggesting that they should not be used for urgent,complex or sensitive issues.
PAYING FOR YOUR CONSULTATIONS
Dr Guruswamy’s PA will issue you with an invoice for fees. You may have a personal insurance policy or one through your place of work,
however fees will be required to be settled. in full either prior to or on the day of your appointment. Payments can be made by card, cash,
cheque or bank transfer upon which you can be issued with a receipt if requested.
It’s recommended that you check the policy terms of your health insurance with your insurer before you make an appointment so you can be sure you have sufficient cover. Usually there is no difficulty with your health insurer reimbursing you provided you have sought prior authorisation. Some insurers will require you to obtain a written referral letter from your GP in order for you to make a claim. Dr Guruswamy may also be required to provide a short report or complete a claim form for your insurer and she will do so for no extra charge.
For the avoidance of any doubt, Dr Guruswamy would like to clarify that her contract is directly with the patient and not with any insurance provider. The fees payable are ultimately the responsibility of the patient and Dr Guruswamy will not become involved in correspondence with insurance providers regarding payment of fees. In the absence of prior written agreement to the contrary, payment of fees is required with 14 days of receipt of our invoice. Failure to make payment within 28 days of the due date may result in the matter being referred to Wilkins & Hope our debt collection agents whose charges of 20% will be added to and payable with the invoice debt.
A SAMPLE OF THE INSURERS WE WORK WITH
If you wish to cancel or re-schedule an appointment, you may do this by emailing Dr Guruswamy’s PA. A missed appointment means a lost opportunity to offer someone else an earlier appointment. A late cancelled appointment makes it difficult to make the necessary arrangements with other patients to attend at very short notice. Dr Guruswamy therefore charges the full price of the consultation for any missed appointments and appointments cancelled less than two full working days before the appointment unless the vacated slot can be filled. Please note that you are usually unable to recover the cost of missed appointments or late cancellations from your insurance provider.
Private prescriptions for medication during your consultation are issued without charge. However if you need a repeat prescription at any other time you should contact Dr Guruswamy’s PA and a £25 fee will be billed to your account. You must allow enough time to ensure you do not run out of medication. Prescriptions for controlled drugs can only be issued for a 28 day period.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
To read the full version of Dr Guruswamy’s Terms and Conditions please click here.
For clarification on any aspect of these please contact Dr Guruswamy’s PA.
Your details will be stored in a secure database. Your clinical data will only be shared with other Clinicians, usually therapists
to whom you have been referred to and who work closely with Dr Guruswamy.
For more information about the services offered or to book an appointment with Dr. Guruswamy please get in touch
via one of the methods shown below. We will endeavour to return your enquiry within 24 hours.
The Priory Hospital, Priory Lane, Roehampton SW15 5JJ
127 Harley Street, London W1G 6AZ
PHONE / EMAIL
Office: 020 7042 1875
No 10 and 11, Horizon Business Village
1 Brooklands Road, Weybridge,
Surrey, KT13 0TJ