Including online and Skype consultations

At your first appointment you will be asked lots of questions, so please allow up to two hours, as many things affect your health and it is important to gather all the necessary information. Please be as honest as possible as this makes the assessment much more accurate. You will be asked about:

  • Current medical problems
  • Medical history
  • Family medical history
  • Medication history
  • Supplements
  • Herbal remedies
  • Diet history
  • Snacking and eating out
  • Ability to cook, family meals, meal schedules
  • Religious practices affecting food choices
  • Smoking and drinking
  • Stomach, digestion and bowel problems
  • Allergies and  intolerances
  • Exercise levels
  • Weight history
  • Current employment
  • The name of your GP

To save time, please complete a nutritional assessment form in advance of your appointment and bring this with you. You can download a copy of this by clicking here. If you are taking any supplements or herbal remedies, please bring these with you.

Discussion about your diet usually takes place at the second and any subsequent sessions, as Shem will require time to prepare a detailed ‘nutrition action plan’ for you. This may also include reading materials, internet resources, recipes, lists of foods and supplements, shopping lists and so on. Occasionally she may ask to visit you in your home (kitchen), and you can request a home visit if you wish. Skype consultations are available.


All the information you share will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your details will not be used for any purposes, other than, for your nutritional care, or to contact you for appointments.

Shem may need to contact another health professional, for example, your GP, or other medical staff at the hospital, to discuss your treatment or to request blood results or a prescription. In this case, she will ask for your consent first.