Sue Pilkington, Homeopath in Devon and Somerset, BSc(Hons) Comp. Sci. MARH
Like many people, I came to homeopathy through successful treatment of my own condition. When my son also responded well to homeopathy, I wanted to know more.
Unable to find a short evening or weekend course to learn basic Homeopathy, I enrolled at Purton House School of Homeopathy on a 1 year acute prescribing course. From day one I was hooked and stayed on for the full 4 year professional Homeopathy course.
I love working with people to improve their health. Since graduating in 2004 I have run clinics in Wells, Street and now Wellington and Devon (gradually heading south!) although I also work via Skype, Facetime and Zoom for people living further away or abroad.
Remember those courses that I couldn't find? I now run them!
The course runs over 2 evenings giving you enough information to use basic homeopathic remedies at home without actually becoming a homeopath (although one person who attended a course has!).
My early career started with an Honours Degree in Computer Science leading to work in IT technical support and recruitment. I then spent over 10 years in the NHS as a GP Practice Manager and as a freelance manager after that.
My experience in the NHS increased my passion about fostering a return to self-reliance for acute health conditions which could alleviate some of the pressure on the NHS - a precious resource that we cannot afford to lose.
I take part in regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD). and in 2013 I qualified in Homeopathic Supervision which I offer to students and practitioners.
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle and non-toxic healing methodology. It can be used by people of all ages including at sensitive times of life such as pregnancy, for babies, children and for the elderly.
I work with people with a range of conditions - on a physical, mental or emotional level. Homeopathy does not treat specific medical conditions, but looks at the whole picture of your health and where you feel out of balance. Many of my patients (of all ages) come to see me because of issues arising from grief, trauma, finding life difficult to deal with or lacking the energy or enthusiasm for life that they used to have. I work with you as an individual, with the aim of restoring your innate good health and wellbeing.
For information about homeopathy, see the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths website here
For information about research into homeopathy. see the Homeopathic Research Institute website here
The aim of the consultation is to enable me to understand you and the unique way in which you relate to your symptoms. Most patients find this an interesting and gentle discussion regarding personal and family medical history, your likes/dislikes, lifestyle, environment and relationships. This leads us to consider your susceptibility to dis-ease. The conversation is geared to your needs and is appropriate for children if they are the patient – play and drawings can provide lots of information!
All interaction between us is confidential.
The first consultation will take around 1 to 1.5 hours with subsequent appointments taking around 45 minutes. Sometimes it is possible for me to supply a remedy immediately but mostly I post out remedies within a few days.
I advise an initial follow-up after a month although timing of consultations may vary according to the severity and length of your health issues. Once improvement is established, appointments will naturally space and then some patients have a consultation once or twice a year to discuss any health issues that have arisen.
As part of the consultation, I set out how your treatment might progress so that we can agree this together.
I am always happy to speak with people between appointments to answer any queries you may have.
My consultation fee is £50 per appointment.
This fee covers the consultation plus time for me to work on finding the best remedy for you. Remedies are also included - unless it is a liquid remedy bottle to be used only by you in which case I will advise you how to buy this from a homeopathic pharmacy.
Payment can be by cash, cheque, card or direct bank transfer prior to the appointment.
Posting remedies abroad: I am happy to do this with an additional £5 charge to cover postage, time etc.
Family discounts can be arranged, please discuss directly with me.
I am registered with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths and work to a professional code of ethics and guidelines including confidentiality.
My aim is to help you regain the best level of health possible. Should you feel uncertain about any aspect of your treatment, please feel free to contact me for further information or explanation.
I am registered with the Data Protection Registrar and handle your data securely and in confidence. I will never pass on any of your details.
It is important that you feel comfortable talking with me. I am happy to have a free discussion with you regarding your situation and how we might work together.
I could use a calendar app to book appointments or chats but that feels too impersonal so please just email me or pick up the phone to chat on 07957 881325 - if I am available I will pick up and if not please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Location: I have recently moved to Chudleigh, Devon and during the pandemic I am seeing clients online. Once travel is more possible, I will be arranging regular clinics in Wellington as well as seeing patients in Chudleigh.
Chudleigh is only a few miles south of Exeter on the A38 Plymouth road.
Wellington has easy access from the surrounding villages such as Langford Budville, Bradford-on-Tone, West Buckland, Miverton and Wiveliscombe.
I work with clients internationally via phone, Skype, Facetime or Zoom
Sue Pilkington/Somerset Homeopathy Privacy and Data Protection Policy Somerset Homeopathy provides homeopathic healthcare to individuals and families both in the UK and worldwide via internet-based software. This policy outlines how I collect, handle, store and retain personal information in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018. Summary: I will collect, use, store and retain personal information only to the extent that it is necessary to provide homeopathic healthcare services and will obtain your explicit consent for this. You will be able to subscribe to emails regarding my services and my blog and can unsubscribe to these at any time. You can choose whether to engage with my website and social media posts. I value data privacy and your data will never be shared by me unless forced to by law. Data collected and how it is used: The Somerset Homeopathy Website collects cookies which are used to see how many users visited the site in order to track popular blog posts etc. These do not allow me to see who visited the site. There are also opportunities on the website for users to email me or to subscribe to blogs/events/ offers etc. My website host (Strikingly) provides website forms that are GDPR compliant including a free-form message box where you choose what information to provide me with. Although I am selective about external links to websites which I think would be useful to users of my own website, I cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website. Clients. In order to treat you, I will ask you to provide certain basic information, including: • Your name – first name and surname • Gender • Date of birth • Email address • Telephone number(s) • Home address • Medical history – on a form to be filled in prior to or at your initial consultation. • Information gathered at our consultations which can include sensitive personal data. To comply with GDPR, I have updated my client form to clearly show that notes, communications and prescriptions are held confidentially and to obtain explicit consent that I can use these solely for the purpose of your treatment Legally, I must keep your notes for at least 7 years, or 7 years after the age of 18 for children following the end of your treatment. Since patients often return for consultations after a period of absence, I will endeavour to contact you to confirm whether you wish me to retain your records or securely destroy them. Paper notes are held securely and I take steps to protect them against loss or theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. Digital notes and correspondence are accessed via up to date software on a password-protected system. Any digital information held on the “cloud” is held on platforms provided by reliable companies. Course attendees: I hold information relevant to course or event bookings and the events that you have attended. Any feedback forms are treated as confidential. For clients and course/event attendees, I will obtain your consent to communicate with you by email, telephone and by post. You will have the option to opt out of any marketing emails. You can also choose to connect with me/Somerset Homeopathy via social media platforms. I do NOT hold any financial information regarding my clients or course attendees. Updates and Access: To ensure that I have accurate and up-to-date information, please inform me of any changes to your personal information. You have the right to know what personal data I hold. You can make a request to do so in writing and I will endeavour to respond within 14 working days. Data Breaches: If, despite the precautions taken, a data breach were to occur, I would contact any contacts who I believe may be affected. Where necessary, the Information Commissioner’s Office will also be notified. Contacting Us If you have any queries regarding your personal data, please do not hesitate to contact us via the form on our website or by email email@example.com . Publication and Review: Published May 2018 Review due May 2020 or before if required by changes to relevant law.