Dr Sarah Davies MBChB MRCGP AFMCP
Dr Davies is a Graduate of the University of Manchester in Medicine, registered with the General Medical Council and a Member of the Royal College of GPs.
She has trained with, and is a member of, the Institute for Functional Medicine.
She began her medical career in hospitals in the North West of England and has been working as an NHS doctor for the past 14 years. She currently practises privately at High Lane Medical Centre (in the outskirts of South East Manchester) where she also works as a part-time NHS GP.
GMC Number: 6078548
I am passionate about helping people. Although my medical training taught me how to manage many conditions, I became frustrated that, despite best practice, conventional medicine often failed to make patients truly well, especially those with ill-defined or chronic conditions.
Medications often help to alleviate symptoms, but may have to be continued long-term as the cause of the problem is not addressed. Treatments themselves can have burdensome side effects and a delicate balancing act between risks and benefits has to be performed. Many patients have symptoms which are simply unexplained by the usual battery of tests. When no explanation is found they are often diagnosed with 'functional' illness (IBS or chronic fatigue for example). Treated with psychological intervention or antidepressants, many remain chronically unwell and unable to lead normal lives.
From early in my career I occasionally encountered people who managed to make remarkable recoveries from a wide range of chronic diseases without conventional medications. I saw symptoms of migraine, eczema and psoriasis, arthritis, chronic cystitis, urticaria and even severe ME all resolve - often with simple dietary changes.
Despite an apparent lack of interest in these cases from many colleagues, I wanted to understand these safe and effective forms of treatment. Through study, and by learning from patient experience, I acquired a new set of 'functional medicine' tools with which to treat my patients along side the conventional treatments. Training with, and joining, the Institute for Functional Medicine proved to be inspirational and has connected me with a growing community of similarly-minded practitioners worldwide.
The journey towards optimal health has to start from where each of us finds ourselves now. Change is not always easy, but once the benefits are felt, the encouragement to continue gathers momentum. Having seen what is possible by improving my own health and the health of my patients, I am passionate about making these benefits available for others.