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Busy, busy Dr Chu

Just a quick query about the famous Dr Chu. I'm trying to book an appointment through his private practice but apparently there's a huge waiting list (which I expected) and I need a GP referral letter.

Is that normal as I thought that a GP referral letter was only intended for NHS patients? As I'm applying privately I assumed I wouldn't need a letter (I didn't with my last dermatologist at the Lister Hospital).

Sorry any thoughts would be appreciated biggrin.gif

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persephone

I'm an NHS patient of Dr Chu's and I'm not 100% sure about needing a referral leeter from the GP (I had to get one)

Posters who see Dr Chu privately:

crappyskin

lola

shiny

heidi

I suggest you might want to pm them and see what they say.

What do you want to see Dr Chu for?

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Dr Chu is from hong kong , so if u happen to possess a hong kong passport , u don't need a reference letter.. If you bring a person who can speak cantonese, he will give u a discount..

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Again d ... you are the oddest, weirdest person on this board. For that, I offer you the FREAK AWARD. badgrin.gif

Dr Chu was educated from an early age in the UK. You can tell by his accent, which is not dissimilar to mine.

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Persephone: I didn't need a GP referral letter for Isolagen but perhaps you need it for other treatments because when I made the initial enquiry (via the appointment number), I was told that I needed it and there was a long waiting list.

Drychank: what strange remarks. He isn't from Hong Kong and I don't think he speaks Chinese (although I do). I think he grew up in England and speaks perfect English.

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Just a quick query about the famous Dr Chu. I'm trying to book an appointment through his private practice but apparently there's a huge waiting list (which I expected) and I need a GP referral letter.

Is that normal as I thought that a GP referral letter was only intended for NHS patients? As I'm applying privately I assumed I wouldn't need a letter (I didn't with my last dermatologist at the Lister Hospital).

Sorry any thoughts would be appreciated  biggrin.gif

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dcychanhk: I speak fluent Cantonese and I can assure everyone that I didn't get a discount or any special treatment. Just very good treatment for the money I paid, from a very good doctor.

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To Maya: Thanks for the response. I'm hoping to see Dr Chu for scar treatment and possibly N-lite.

I'm currently on Roaccutane (prescribed by my last derm) but unfortunately it's caused some scarring on my skin. Plus, my last dermatologist at the Lister Hospital is pretty old-fashioned and completely insensitive so I thought that it's finally time to move dermatologists. I've heard some really good things about Dr Chu and considering he is the acne specialist then I think he'd be my best bet.

I also was wondering whether Dr Chu performs TCA cross? From the threads that I have been reading it sounds as though posters have been getting good responses from the treatment. It's very surprising to me that most dermatologists in London aren't performing it as a scar treament.

Crappyskin: LOL that's funny biggrin.gif I think it was me that called on Friday!!

Lola, I'm definitely considering Isolagen but I can't really specify what type of scarring I have or what the best course of treatment is before I see him for an initial consultation. Plus I think I'll have to wait at least 6 months before I do any treatments after Roaccutane so I'm not that bothered about waiting to see him.

However, I'm not sure whether I'm trying him on the right number or using "the right approach".

Any advice on how to charm them on taking me any earlier without a GP referral letter would be greatly appreciated! biggrin.gif

And to dcychanhk3, no I don't speak cantonese or know anyone chinese!!! biggrin.gif/

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persephone, Dr Chu told me that NLite is suitable the day you finish Accutane. The other procedures he performs, you need to wait 6 months.

From what I know about acids, in the UK, beauticians can get insurance for up to 40% acids (glycolic) and Drs can get insutrance to use up to 70% (glycolic) acids. Since the TCA document specifies that TCA is most effective using 100%, I don't think any doc can get insurance for it.

I haven't seen any docs in the UK being able to offer the use of more than 35% TCA (insurance)

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And I must say, Dr Chu is very pleasant to deal with. Nice bedside manner.

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biggrin.gif Yes Maya and a good bedside manner is what I need!

My last dermatologist just told me that the only cure or treatment for acne is Roaccutane and if I didn't try that then it's benzol peroxide creams (which he knows I have an allergy to!!)

So it was Roaccutane all the way for me with bad consequences!

It's Dr Chu from now on for me! I've emailed his secretary over the weekend. But maybe I should try his receptionist again tomorrow and try and charm them with my husky voice (shame the receptionist is a woman! LOL) biggrin.gif

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yes, I'm wondering how busy Dr Chu is as well. I remember someone saying that when they rang up its 6 months. Is this still the case or is it longer now?

I take it this is the private waiting list yes? I just wanted to get that straight.

I'd imagine this is because

a. he is famous

b. unless I'm mistaken hes the only one in the UK with his finger on the pulse with acne scarring e.g isolagen. If you went to say Leeds any supposed scar expert would be like "Co2 treatment for you". Idiots. They only want your money.

I take it when you do eventually see him you can get stuff done pretty promptly, I mean its not like you join another 6 month waiting list after your consultation for the treatment?

I may be tempted to get a few scars excised on my left hand side before I see him. From what you said Maya it doesn't sound to me as if Dr Chu was over hot on the excisions. I think I would have my excisions done by a plastic surgeon here in Sheffield. You see I don't understand why Dr Chu only did the single stitch on you. The double stitch sounds much better. It sounds as if because you had a single stitch that the scar sunk back down. I think you said his reasoning for doing single stitch is in case of infection. Why can't a surgeon not just do the double stitch and put that revolting brown stuff on the excised scar which prevents infection and give you say six days on a oral skin antibiotic like flucloxacillin which kills skin infection? Am I making things too simple? All I know is that my ears took double stitch and the massive moles on my mum's face took double stitch and now you can't see the scars on either of us

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Sorry when I was referring to the single stitch I was referring to you Maya.

You know I'm so pleased there is a british flavour on this board. Since I scarred (1999) I've always been reading about treatments in the US and that Dr Rappaport all the time and now its nice to know that I don't need to travel to the USA for treatment , [-X , we've gotta a whole lot going on here on our doorstep. O:)

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Rupert - Dr Chu has performed Excisions many times on many people with great success. Some of the excisions done on my face were fantastic, some not so good. But I am 40, and I guess you are way younger. My healing power isn't as good as yours.

And I for one am refusing to take any medication. I even refuse to take asprin! So antibiotics is a definate no-no for me - I don't like the long term side effects.

I believe there are several doctors in the UK who offer Isolagen

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And I for one am refusing to take any medication. I even refuse to take asprin! So antibiotics is a definate no-no for me - I don't like the long term side effects. 

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What are the long term sides of antibiotics? I know of increased resistance but I thought that was if you take them long term. If you just take them for a week I didn't think there could be any harm done?

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I'm a Brit but i spend most of the year abroad (working).

I had to get a letter of referral from a GP here.

I remember the waiting list was 6 months but I saw him within 2/3 months because of a cancelation, which luckily coincided with my next scheduled trip to London .

I had 3 lots of Nlite and 2 sets of subcision with about 50-60% improvement overall.

The fact that's he's very busy didn't affect the time between treatments. He always managed to fit me in. Maybe because he knew I didn't live in the UK. He's sweet like that.

Currently I'm saving for Isologen. I'll probably have it done next summer .

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smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif Ho ho ho. You know we shouldn't be depressed and serious all the time on the forum. I did find it very amusing when I read dcychank3

Dr Chu is from hong kong , so if u happen to possess a hong kong passport , u don't need a reference letter.. If you bring a person who can speak cantonese, he will give u a discount..

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Well, i went to my GP at the beginning of the new year ( I was feeling all positive and deciding that i really had to do something about my scarring)... my doc sent a letter, about 6 weeks later i recieved a letter from the hospital saying i have an appt woth dr chu for 15th june. so yeah the waiting list is about 6 months. i am a private patient. i called the office and asked about the consultation fee etc. it is gonna cost 125 for initial consultation and 75 for a follow up. not incluuding any treatment of course.

does anyone know if dr chu performs peels? i have been having a bit of luck with pure demings glyc peel and wondering if just a few high powered peels will be enough to sort my skin out?

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