Every Friday and Saturday, the Portobello Acupuncture Project’s clinic in The Tabernacle opens its doors to the people of Notting Hill to offer acupuncture in a slightly different and very interesting way.
Founded by Patricia O’Hara (who is also the clinic’s principle practitioner), the Portobello Acupuncture Project offers acupuncture in a “multi-bed” setting. After a quiet consultation with a practitioner, patients are then treated in the large, quiet and comfortable room at the same time as others also receiving treatment. Such a practice is in fact very normal and indeed the authentic way of receiving acupuncture in China and, in this way, the Project is able to reduce their costs and pass on their savings to their patients.
The Project makes obtaining acupuncture even more affordable than that, however. All patients decide what they can afford to pay between £25 and £40 for their treatment, as the clinic not only believes in allowing their patients to have options, but also that their sliding fee scale elicits the simple principle of trust. Those that can afford to pay the full £40 do so, whilst those that need to pay less than this (perhaps because they need longer term treatment) can also do so. A patient’s decision on how much to pay will be respected by their practitioner and no questions will be asked about your decision.
Many people also use acupuncture treatment to help them manage severe long-term chronic illnesses usually in addition to Western medical treatment. Acupuncture can often relieve the unpleasant side-effects brought on by Western treatment and complements it therefore very well.
Some use acupuncture to speed up recovery times from injuries or surgery, while others simply wish to receive preventative treatments in order to avoid getting ill in the first place. This can be achieved by boosting the immune system, improving the circulation, and helping them to mentally relax.
I am a fully qualified professional acupuncturist, having graduated in 2008 from a very thorough three-year training course at the University of Westminster in London with a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture.
This is my low cost project run as a community/multibed clinic. Here everyone is treated in the same space in screened areas. Acupuncture is well suited to this as once the needles are in place clients can relax whilst they do their work!. Treating this way allows me to offer treatment on sliding scale whilst at the same time allowing me to fulfil my wish for a wider group in the community to access affordable acupuncture. You pay what you can in the sliding scale for treatment on that day so no need to commit to any one treatment price.
I also like to offer special deals, so if you are a local community group, organisation or workplace
please do get in touch!
Bright Room Community Acupuncture is an affordable acupuncture clinic in Stoke Newington, Hackney. We provide effective, low cost treatments for a wide range of conditions.
The clinic operates from a lovely, calm and spacious room in the Old Fire Station in the heart of Stoke Newington. It’s an oasis of tranquillity, despite being a stone’s throw from Stoke Newington High Street.
The cost of a session is around a third of the price of a private treatment (see our Acupuncture Price page for more information)
Wellpoint was created to provide affordable acupuncture at times that would be convenient for our clients. We’re a multi-bed clinic: once we’ve carefully positioned needles into you we will leave you to relax for about 20 minutes during which time we can see someone else. This means you get tailored, professional and caring attention and we can see more people and keep costs down.
The Acupuncture room opened in 2012 with a grant awarded by UnlLtd.
It is owned by Clair Astin. Clair graduated from the University of Westminster, holding a BSc (Hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 2009.
Clair is fully insured and registered member of the British Acupuncture Council and a member of the Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinics (ACMAC)
She is also registered with private health insurance companies:
Aviva Healthcare. AXA PPP. Healthshield. Vitality Health. Simply Health. WPA.
Address of clinic: The Crypt St Peter’s Church De Beauvoir Town London N1 4DA Telephone: 07954 371758 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.thesteppingstonesproject.co.uk Appointment system: booked and drop-in appointments. Charge for first appointment / consultation: £25 – 60. Charge for follow-up appointments: £25 – 60. Treatments offered: full body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, tuina, cups.