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About Dr Mayur Bodani
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"Dr Bodani took the time to listen to my experiences and health problems in a way that no other doctor has done to date. I trusted him because he believed in me and he spent most of his afternoon with me when I was scheduled for only one hour..."

About Dr Mayur Bodani

I have over 30 years’ experience in Medicine and over 25 years in psychiatry, the last 18 of which have been as a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist in both NHS and independent private practice. I am accredited as a specialist in General Adult Psychiatry, the Psychiatry of Old Age and Liaison Psychiatry. I manage all conditions relevant to general adult psychiatry including depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD, somatoform disorders, the problems associated with addictions and drug withdrawal; as well as conditions specific to neuropsychiatry such as functional neurological disorders (FNDs), post-concussional syndrome (PCS), traumatic brain injury, dementias of multiple causation, ASD, and ADHD; including the psychiatric complications of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease & other neurodegenerative disorders, and epilepsy.

I am expert in the assessment of mental capacity in relation to medicolegal matters and have been an Accredited Expert endorsed by the Academy of Experts since 2009.

I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology, and neuromodulation technologies such as GVS, and VNS in which I am actively pursuing research as a means of helping the problems associated with Parkinson’s disease.

I have a holistic approach to diagnosis and management, and am eminent in my field.

"Dr Bodani took the time to listen to my experiences and health problems in a way that no other doctor has done to date. I trusted him because he believed in me and he spent most of his afternoon with me when I was scheduled for only one hour..."

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to provide a testimonial for Dr Bodani who I have come to know quite well over the past two years.

I need to provide a little context in order to appreciate how outstanding his input has been to a terrible case – that of my wife who is dying of Cortico Basal Degeneration.

Six years ago my wife experienced problems with walking and feeling in her left, dominant side and – as we had private medical insurance – she was quickly referred to various Bupa/Spire consultants who arranged some routine scans but could find nothing organically wrong with her. She was referred to psychiatric services – privately – and underwent CBT and was medicated for depression and anxiety.

She was unresponsive – her symptoms worsening – and we went back to the neurologists (we saw two and a neuro-surgeon) who tested her again (including tests at The Royal Free and MRIs at The Wellington) and this time we were emphatically told that hers was a functional disorder needing only a change in her mind to recover fully.

My medical insurance concluded that they could no longer pay out what seemed a chronic case so I started paying for all the consultants from this point onwards.She became steadily more ill, losing the ability to stand; needing a wheelchair and then suffering two major falls at home resulting in a broken clavicle on the second occasion.

At this point our private psychologist who we’d taken on for 9 months – said that she did not believe her approach was having a positive effect and suggested I might see another Doctor who she had met at a medical meeting – Mayur Bodani. She thought he had had direct experience and success in rehabilitating patients with severe psychosomatic illness.

I contacted Mayur via the web and he called me in September 2016.

I immediately was impressed. There was no demand that I book a 20 minute £250 initial consultation at his surgery in Kent. Indeed when I described my wife’s terrible suffering and disability he offered to come to our home in Hertfordshire – to interview and assess her and to read her case notes.

He duly came – agreed that the tests done strongly suggested that it was a functional illness – but concluded that the way to restore my wife’s mobility would be via intensive neuro-physiotherapy combined with psychological input and oversight via a qualified doctor (Mayur).

I asked Mayur to take my wife on and he explained that the only way to achieve this would be for us to come to Kent. We rented a house in Kent – Sevenoaks – at the beginning of January 2017. Mayur even picked me up at the station on a fact find and took me to visit premises that we might rent. He would accept no payment for any of this. He was only concerned with helping a family that had been devastated by illness.

His behaviour was as exemplary as it is unusual (none of the waiting we are all used to to see consultants in the NHS and none of the over commerciality one expects in so much private medicine).

Suffice to say, after three months of intensive neuro-physio and counselling, my wife did not recover. In March 2017 he reviewed her and concluded that there was a real illness that had been missed. He said that there was no point staying in Kent and we returned to Hertfordshire.

However, he referred my wife to see a neurologist – who, after several months and a day admission to Kings’ – concluded that she is suffering from an advanced stage of CBD.

Without Mayur Bodani we would still be in the wilderness having received terrible advice (“do not allow your wife to believe she is really ill or she will never recover”) which damaged my marriage irreparably and which led my wife to attempt suicide. Without Mayur we would not have been able to move almost without inconvenience to Kent and to access his brilliant and dedicated team.

Mayur is clearly unusual, perhaps a maverick. But I have seldom met a person more empathetic nor concerned to do the right thing, even if that means allowing a patient to have his mobile phone number and to be available in his private time. These are unusual things but they are driven by the highest values. He barely would accept payment as he felt that we had been treated so badly by some of the services we’d been to in the past.

He was utterly professional; brilliant in his ability to question and interrogate his subject matter but always kind. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Patient’s Partner
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Why work with me?

  • I am qualified in both General Medicine (to hospital medicine standard) and in Neuropsychiatry. It is very rare to find this in any psychiatrist nowadays. This is how I am able to diagnose many complex psychiatric problems which are often poorly dealt with in general psychiatry
  • I have over 25 years’ experience as a psychiatrist. I have worked for the NHS since starting my career in medicine in 1987
  • An holistic approach in treating patients means I take the time to listen.  This gives me the best chance to piece together the whole picture and provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan back to good health
  • I am an Expert in Medicolegal cases. I am one of the leading figures in this field and have worked on over 120 cases in the past three years alone
  • I am an Expert psychiatrist.  This means I can provide second opinions to other Consultants/Doctors

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