​​​Dr. Joshua Westbury MA (Cantab) MBBS (Lond) MRCPsych

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Consulting at: Forest Therapy Centre, The Old Forge, 75-77 Station Passage, South Woodford, London E18 1JL
and The Anglo-European Clinic, Prittlewell House, 30 East Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6LH
​E-mail: info@doctorjoshuawestbury.com Telephone: 07798 871213 Website: www.doctorjoshuawestbury.com


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Services

HOW TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT


  • Ask your GP for a referral letter, either addressed to myself or as an open referral to child psychiatry.
  • If covered by a medical insurance policy, contact your insurer to obtain a pre-approval code.
  • Contact me by telephone or e-mail to arrange the appointment. If I am not able to take the call then please leave a message with your contact details and I will reply at the earliest opportunity.


Appointments are available on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, and may be available on other weekdays Monday to Friday. Please ask if you need to arrange a wheelchair-friendly appointment so that I can book a ground floor consulting room.


WHAT TO EXPECT


I believe that young people should be treated with respect. Their concerns should be heard and taken seriously, and their own questions answered. It's helpful to meet young people together with their parents, however if they also wish to have some time to speak to me in confidence then this is also possible. During the assessment I will have to ask a lot of questions some of which may be personal. Young people can always tell me if they don't wish to answer a question.


The first appointment is for assessment. It's always an hour long and always takes place in clinic. The young person and both parents should attend if possible. Most of the assessment involves asking and answering questions, however sometimes a physical examination may be needed. I am sometimes able to complete the assessment and give an opinion at the first appointment, but this is not always possible - sometimes more time for assessment is needed, or it may be necessary to arrange blood tests or other investigations. Sometimes, for example if an assessment for Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder is being carried out, I may also need to ask for information from your child's school or from other involved professionals.


Follow-up appointments are usually half an hour long but can also be booked for an hour if needed. A follow-up appointment may be needed to complete the assessment, or to provide further advice if the situation has changed. If medication is prescribed then follow-up appointments are needed to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment, to manage any side effects that may occur, and to help decide whether to continue, change or stop treatment. Follow-up appointments can take place either in clinic or over the phone depending on the young person's needs.


Please feel free to contact me in confidence if you have any questions or to make a booking.