I visited this doctor with my daughter who was self harming. Obviously we wanted help and he was recommended as a specialist in mental health. He did nothing to help at all. Made my daughter cry by simply asking "why are you doing it" Brilliant I could have asked her that!!! This was a very distressing time for my daughter and she clearly needed help. He sat in his chair with both his legs and arms crossed in a relaxed manner and expected her to tell him, when she was unable to tell me, her mother. I will never return to him again for help. Not understanding or sympathetic for mental health patients.
I saw Dr Rudge for one consultation in 2003. He kindly saw me at short notice because I had sudden and complete deafness in my left ear. I have a very rare autoimmune disease - only a handful of cases in the world had been described at that time - but when I told him the name of my disease, he knew about it in great detail, and was able to link it to my deafness. I was informed later by another consultant who used to work at the National Hospital of Neurology that Dr Rudge has an encyclopedic knowledge of medicine and performs legendary teaching ward rounds where he teaches other doctors. In any case, he performed a battery of tests on that morning, looked at the results, and instantly told me the cause of my deafness. Unfortunately it was incurable, however I was very impressed by both his knowledge and his professionalism. He was friendly but at the same time was very honest with me regarding the fact that there was no treatment for my deafness.
Don't be fooled by the dickie bow. I came to him in desperate need of a diagnosis when I have MS. He put me through a load of tests, which he said were all normal, and then discharged me with a false diagnosis of "anxiety" and "hypochondria". BUT He'd lied to me about the tests all being normal, as they HAD found something slight on the brain scan but decided to ignore it. And he'd omitted to scan my spinal cord, which was where most of the symptoms were coming from. I would rate him as one of the most arrogant and uncaring doctors I've ever had the misfortune to meet.