How can we help you?
St Luke’s provides healthcare through its network of honorary consultants. They donate their time free of charge to give expert second opinions and advice. In some cases, an honorary consultant may be able to help clergy obtain an earlier diagnosis through undertaking tests and investigations. What St Luke’s can’t do is replace the NHS in caring for serious acute problems and for long-term, chronic conditions.
We ask every member of the clergy to use their local NHS system as their primary source of health care support, advice and treatment. If they have a problem with their care locally, St Luke’s will try to identify an appropriate honorary consultant to give an expert second opinion.
St Luke’s is currently undergoing a strategic review of its services to ensure that we can continue to offer the best possible health care that is relevant to clergy needs and affordable for a small charity. We will develop a clear path for the future during 2018. In the meantime, we offer the following types of help.
What kind of healthcare is offered?
The types of support, advice and care available through St Luke’s are:
- A confidential, one-to-one consultation or ‘second opinion’ from a senior, respected member of the health care community – a St Luke’s honorary consultant
- Certain (limited) tests and investigations as recommended during the consultation with the honorary consultant, paid by St Luke’s, to aid diagnosis
- Cataract surgery (offered in London)
- Convalescent post-operative care for people who live alone or have no-one to look after them on discharge from hospital (offered at Burrswood in Kent)
- Physiotherapy after an injury or operation, where long NHS waiting lists prevent immediate treatment (up to six sessions)
- Psychiatric assessment followed by 12 sessions of counselling or CBT as recommended by the St Luke’s honorary consultant.
What can’t St Luke’s offer?
St Luke’s would love to be able to meet the health care needs of every member of the clergy but the costs of providing treatment outside the NHS are prohibitive. St Luke’s has been overspending the money it raises from donors for the last few years, dipping into its reserves. It is therefore undertaking a strategic review to pinpoint the areas of need that it can most usefully meet, going forward.
For the time being, St Luke’s is continuing to offer advice, second opinions and some tests and investigations carried out by St Luke’s honorary consultants.
My treatment was absolutely superb… it is such a joy to be able to walk without pain
How to check eligibility and access care
- Phone or email St Luke’s Medical Administrator Becky Millington
- Please telephone 020 7898 1700 or 07497 242752
- or send an email at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arrange for a referral letter from your GP, explaining why the consultation is needed, to be sent to Becky Millington at St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy, Room 201, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.
Please note: St Luke’s is unable to offer a rapid response to requests and we urge all clergy and their families to access urgent care through their GP or A&E department locally.
Who is eligible?
- Anglican clergy serving or retired, their spouses, widow/ers and dependent children
- Deaconesses, Church Army officers, and full-time stipendiary lay workers licensed by a bishop
- Ordinands accepted by a bishop and in training
- Clergy whose churches are in communion with the Anglican Church
- Anglican missionaries, monks and nuns
St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy is a separately constituted charity, not connected with the Church of England or its dioceses. No information about individual clergy beneficiaries or patients of St Luke’s passes to the Church authorities. Our office is in Church House as this is a convenient location for our small team of staff, but we emphasise that we are a completely independent charity (registered number 1123195).
How do referrals work?
- Every person is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’. That’s why we ask you to speak to our medical administrator Becky as a first step, and she will guide you through the referral process. All clergy and their families are entitled to a second opinion from one of our honorary consultants – medical or surgical experts (see Who is eligible?). This aims to provide much-needed information, advice and reassurance.We don’t have an honorary consultant in every specialty, but we have a broad range and we are able offer consultations to most clergy who approach the charity.
- We recognise that most members of the clergy want to be treated within the NHS, close to home.
- Currently most of our honorary consultants are in the London area (because of their earlier association with our hospital).
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Phone Becky Millington on 020 7898 1700 or email email@example.com for more information.