Dr Simon Bowman
4th April 2019
I've never left a bad review for any doctor. Usually, I am singing the praises of all medical staff whether in the NHS or private practice. However, my private consultation with Simon Bowman was a very unpleasant experience and left me shocked and disappointed. Having read another review on here, I was struck by how similar our experience sounded with Prof Bowman and I felt I needed to post this review. I went to Prof Bowman to discuss whether I might have EDS. He was extremely dismissive and curt. Despite having had a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease from an NHS specialist and been treated for it over the past few years, he dismissed that diagnosis completely. He also said there was no way I had EDS. I felt patronized and treated as though I was an idiot. The appointment was expensive - somewhere in the realm of £250 - and I was taken aback by his lack of warmth, terrible manner and dismissive attitude. I went on to see a different doctor who diagnosed me with hEDS after a very thorough and detailed assessment in one visit. For many hEDS patients, we lose some hypermobility as the years go by thanks to age, or due to issues like Fibromyalgia or arthritis as they affect our range of movement. hEDS is best assessed from a multi-systemic standpoint looking at skin, veins, joint subluxations and a host of other symptoms - not only the basic 'can you stretch your fingers back' criteria. None of this was taken into account. I would not recommend Simon Bowman - especially if your concern is about EDS. Save your money and your time.