Well look no further… Surely one of the best kept secrets of the NHS. There are four homeopathic hospitals funded by the NHS in the UK. These hospitals are in Bristol, London, Glasgow and Liverpool.
Homeopathy is not just another alternative therapy but has been declared by the World Health Organisation as the second most used healthcare system in the world. 500 million people in the world rely on homeopathy.
I feel very glad that the NHS recognises this even though it keeps the homeopathic hospitals so low profile. Why so low profile? I think this may be due to the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies combined with their low cost meaning that homeopathy is a serious challenge to the billion dollar drug business which unfortunately has a great influence on the NHS (see: Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare by former editor of the British Medical Journal Richard Smith)
So why pay for homeopathic treatment from a local homeopath when you can attend a Homeopathc Hospital? And when is it a good idea to attend a homeopathic hospital?
Well I would always say if you can get free homeopathic treatment, go for it. And the homeopathic hospitals have a dedicated group of specialists, state of the art equipment and inpatient beds. The advantages of the homeopathic hospitals need to be weighed up against the cost of travel to the hospital, long waiting lists, and accessibility of appointments and phone advice. Building a relationship with a local practitioner means a personal family service and flexibility. However, if you do have private medical insurance you may be entitled to claim for homeopathic treatment.
Bristol homeopathic hospital is the closest one to us here in Hereford and is located within South Bristol Community Hospital (as pictured). They write on their website:
Homeopathic medicine has been available in Bristol since 1852, when Dr Black first started dispensing from premises in the Triangle.
During the next 69 years the service developed and expanded culminating in the commissioning in 1921 of a new hospital in the grounds of Cotham House. The Bristol Homeopathic Hospital continued to provide a full range of services until 1986 when the in-patient facilities were transferred to the Bristol Eye Hospital, where they continue to be provided, and outpatient services were moved to the ground floor of the Cotham Hill site.
In 1994, following the sale of the main building to the University by the Bristol and District Health Authority, a new purpose built Department was provided in the Annexe buildings of the main building, adjoining the original Cotham House.
On 7 January 2013, the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital moved to South Bristol Community Hospital (SBCH), a state-of-the-art facility with a calm and peaceful environment, less than five miles from its previous location. To contact the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital at SBCH please ring 0117 342 9661.
The homeopathic service offers a general service for children and adults with a wide range of chronic illnesses and a Complementary Cancer Care Service where patients are seen within four to eight weeks of referral where possible.
Homeopathy is useful in the management of:
- Allergic conditions
- Eczema and other dermatology conditions
- Menstrual and menopausal problems
- Digestive and bowel problems
- Stress and mood disorders