Dr Lapa correctly diagnosed and treated a chronic knee condition. He was very definite and to the point with his diagnosis but, in my case, he was correct with his diagnosis. My knee is gradually improving with the exercises he recommended, as he said it would. Very direct in his manner but very knowledgeable and correct.
Dr Lapa diagnosed that I had appendix trouble within minutes and got straight on the phone to Southend hospital to arrange for my admission. He impressed upon me without panicking me that I had to get to the surgical assessment unit immediately and that they were expecting me. He was decisive, reassuring and just what I needed at the time. I recommend him highly. A really great doctor!
I have been with this practice for over 60 years. Last year 2016 I was seen by Dr Lapa who rightly diagnosed that I needed a right hip replacement. Two appointments later when I staggered into his surgery hardly able to stand he told me I should lose weight and exercise more. I am 6'tall 12stone and slim. I laughed in his face and asked how someone who needed a hip replacement and who was in terrible bone on bone hip pain could exercise more. Dr Lapa and Church View Surgery are an unfunny joke. No wonder the surgery has been rated as one of the poorest in Essex. It's a disgrace.
I found this doctor very rude and he wasn't sure about my illness. He asked me what I thought it was and googled the symptoms. He then sent me away none the wiser. I wouldn't recommend.
This is the first time I have ever written a complaint about anybody, in any walk of life Appointment for strained back, not the first time. Wonder if Dr Lapa is Russian? Because he is the most abrupt, rude, disinterested and the last person who should deal with the public. I explained the problem, he asked, in a manner which you'd a thought I'd been talking about my pet cat, "well, what do you want me to do about it". Then proceeded to basically call me a junkie. I said that previously Diclofenic had worked in relaxing my back muscles, he said "so, do you want me to prescribed Diazapan"! which is a very strong pain killer. Appalling Dr/person. Maybe this just shows the state of our national health system. Or perhaps will dissuade the public from seeking medical advice and therfore saving, in the short term, money.