The Gynaecologists To Book An Appointment With Now

In the UK, we only tend to visit a gynaecologist if there’s something wrong. But in France, Spain, Italy and the US, it’s as normal as having a hygienist. While your GP can refer you for specific gynae services on the NHS, you may be limited in who you can see, and waiting times can be lengthy. So, if you’re keen to take matters into your own hands, these are the names to know…
By Tor West /

Claire Mellon

BEST FOR: Fertility & IVF

THE DETAILS: With over two decades of experience, Claire is the person to see if you’re struggling to get pregnant, are undergoing IVF or a difficult pregnancy, or experiencing fibroids. The obstetric lead at her clinic at the Portland hospital, her areas of expertise include early pregnancy scans, pre-fertility work and co-ordination with fertility clinics for surrogacy and IVF. She also specialises in keyhole surgery and has a clinical interest in the treatment of fibroids and polycystic ovaries. Outside of her practice work, she is a trustee for Wellbeing of Women, a charity that raises funds for research into women’s health. 

COST: New appointments are £300 and follow-ups £250. Same-day appointments are sometimes available – for anything urgent, call the clinic and they will do their best to fit you in.

Visit ClaireMellon.co.uk

Dr Shazia Malik

BEST FOR: General gynaecology

THE DETAILS: One of the UK’s leading consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists, Shazia knows all there is to know about female health. She spent years as part of one of the UK’s leading recurrent miscarriage teams, and has also been an IVF consultant and specialises in excessively heavy periods and endometriosis. Whether you’re looking for contraception advice, a private smear test or support with smear test results or irregular periods, menopause, gestational diabetes, vaginal infections or premature menopause, Shazia will get you back on track. Find her at the Princess Grace and Portland hospitals. 

COST: Your initial appointment will cost £280-350, with follow-ups between £220 and £350.

Visit ShaziaMalik.co.uk 

Angus McIndoe

BEST FOR: A 360° screening

THE DETAILS: Whether you’ve missed a smear test or have a niggle you’d like to get checked out, leading gynaecologist Angus McIndoe and the team at his Harley Street Clinic can help. The entry-level Well Woman Package includes a full gynaecological review, breast examination, cervical smear and HPV testing, while the version for women 40+ also includes a mammogram. A wider Full Well Woman screening encompasses various blood tests, a biochemistry screen and hormone profile, while a Sexual Health Screen will put your mind at ease. 

COST: Screenings start from £390. 

Visit McIndoeCentre.com

Sara Matthews

BEST FOR: IVF & menopause treatment

THE DETAILS: Originally from Belfast, Sara became the medical director at London’s Homerton University Hospital at the age of 36 – at the time the youngest person in the country to hold the position. After having two children, she left the NHS and set up her own business. Renowned for her high-profile patient roster, she specialises in egg freezing and IVF (in 2020, she had the highest published pregnancy rate in the UK from IVF), as well as hormone replacement therapy that also includes annual mammograms, regular breast checks, blood hormone tests, pelvic scans and bone scans. Trust us when we say she leaves no stone unturned. 

COST: Booking must be done over the phone. A written guide to consultation and investigation fees will be provided prior to an appointment. New patients are accommodated as quickly as possible, but you may need to wait up to six weeks. 

Visit SaraJMatthews.com

Tania Adib

BEST FOR: Gynaecological cancer

THE DETAILS: With over 30 years of experience, Tania specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancer, as well as the management of abnormal smear results. She is passionate about ensuring the best possible quality of life after diagnosis, and can support with the physical and emotional side effects of cancer. She also manages and treats pelvic pain, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, irregular bleeding and painful intercourse. And she’s the go-to for managing the menopause, including premature menopause, either with hormone replacement therapy or with non-hormonal treatments. Finally, she’s one of the few specialists to offer the Emsella chair, a high-tech, non-invasive treatment proven to restore pelvic floor strength.  

COST: Your initial appointment will cost £260, and follow-ups are £210.

Visit Adib.org.uk

Rhiannon Bray

BEST FOR: Urinary problems & pelvic medicine

THE DETAILS: If you have trouble with an overactive bladder, often lose control of your bladder or have frequent urinary tract infections, urogynaecologist Rhiannon Bray is the expert to have on your radar. Based at Parkside hospital in Kingston, she’s published several publications in the field of urinary health and is experienced in everything from incontinence to vaginal prolapse, as well as birth trauma and other pelvic floor disorders. Rhiannon is passionate about supporting women at all stages of life – in their 20s, 30s and beyond. 

COST: Prices available on request. She is based at Parkside and New Victoria (also in Kingston).

Visit Parkside-Hospital.co.uk & NewVictoria.co.uk 

Julie Bowring

BEST FOR: Sexual & reproductive health 

THE DETAILS: If you’ve had a smear test come back with inconclusive or unusual results, or you’re looking for a second opinion, book in with Julie, who specialises in HPV. An accredited colposcopist, she can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms. She also provides sexual health screening and can help with contraception, including fitting both the coil and implant. You can find Julie at London Gynaecology’s practices at the Portland hospital and its new practice near Liverpool Street. If Julie’s specialism doesn’t quite fit with what you’re looking for, be sure to check out the rest of the London Gynaecology team, which covers everything from Well Woman checks to early pregnancy scans, follicle tracking, endometriosis support and ultrasound scans for PCOS.

COST: New consultations are £310 and follow-ups from £175. 

Visit London-Gynaecology.com

Zahra Ameen

BEST FOR: Specialist treatment

THE DETAILS: Based at the Cadogan Clinic, an award-winning private hospital a stone’s throw from Sloane Square, Zahra is a consultant gynaecologist with over a decade of experience. She’s an advocate for women’s health education and rights, and has even worked with and consulted for the WHO in Geneva. See her for private colposcopies and hysterectomies, as well as labiaplasty and hoodectomy (a clitoral hood reduction). She also has expertise in early pregnancy scanning, management of miscarriage and general gynaecological conditions. 

COST: Prices available on demand. 

Visit CadoganClinic.com

Pandelis Athanasias

BEST FOR: Heavy periods and PCOS

THE DETAILS: A leading specialist in the treatment of uterine polyps, fibroids and heavy menorrhagia (heavy periods), Pandelis is at the forefront of cutting-edge treatments. He teaches medical students and junior doctors, and recently won a Teaching Excellence award. He is also an expert in the management of the menopause and other hormonal conditions such as PCOS and PMS, advocating a medical and holistic approach, and can help with conventional HRT and bioidentical hormones, tailoring treatment plans to suit a patient’s individual needs.

COST: An initial 30-minute consultation is £250, while a subsequent appointment costs £200. 

Visit TheMedicalChambers.com

Ellis Downes

BEST FOR: Fertility & prenatal care

THE DETAILS: Awarded the title of obstetrician and gynaecologist of the year 2019 in the Private Practice Awards, Ellis Downes is at the top of his field. With a keen interest in bladder problems and keyhole surgery, he also specialises in heavy and/or irregular periods, endometriosis, pelvic pain, fibroids, menopausal symptoms and urinary incontinence. If you’re thinking about starting a family, he also offers fertility investigations as well as comprehensive pregnancy care packages from conception through to delivery. Find his consulting rooms on Harley Street and north London – same day appointments are usually available for urgent problems. 

COST: Your first appointment will cost £260; follow-up appointments are £220.

Visit EllisDownes.com

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