About us…

Medical Cannabis at NRC is a new service dedicated to providing cannabis-based medicines for pain relief to eligible patients across the UK. Our clinic will facilitate this via video consultations, with face-to-face consultations an option at our Nottinghamshire-based clinic.

As current practising doctors, we see first-hand how some of the more commonly prescribed therapies do not have the desired effects for our patients. That is what inspired us to set up a specialist service providing cannabis medicines to help our patients. 

Since 2018, cannabis medicines are legal when prescribed and made to pharmacological standards. They have been shown to be helpful in many ailments such as chronic pain disorders (i.e., rheumatological and muscular-skeletal conditions), pelvic pain, as well as psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.

Pre-Registration Form

Please use the form below to pre-register your interest in Medical Cannabis at NRC’s services and to be one of the first to know when appointments are available.

Remote consultations and in-person clinics are available to you, depending on your eligibility and location. 

We keep you and your GP informed and take pride in being upfront and professional throughout your journey.

From your initial assessment, we create a treatment plan designed specifically to help you. We work hard to make sure you receive timely appointments and understand the process throughout. Our process and payment schedules are transparent and can be viewed on our 6 step patient journey.

As a CQC registered clinic we have worked in collaboration with the CQC throughout the process of developing our new service. Our specialists, Multidisciplinary Team approach, and personalised patient care plans have received approval from the CQC. 

We look forward to helping you on your journey with us.

Our Doctors & Practitioners

The doctors and practitioners you will meet at Medical Cannabis at NRC are in the upper echelons of their profession, having spent years studying and understanding chronic pain and psychiatric disorders. In your journey with us, you will be able to benefit from their knowledge and experience whilst receiving first-class treatment.

Mr. Srini Vindla

Consultant Gynaecologist 

Mr. Vindla is a consultant gynaecologist for the NHS. He qualified from London and holds a medical degree, an immunology degree, and a research doctorate. He is a proponent of patient-centered care and is passionate about patient-oriented decision-making.

He has recently lectured at the Royal Society of Medicine on their Medicinal Cannabis Day.

His areas of interest and expertise are:

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Pain Secondary to Pelvic Congestion
  • Endometriosis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Vulval Pain
  • Reproductive Gynaecology

Dr. Younus Saleem

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Saleem is a consultant forensic psychiatrist for the NHS. He qualified from Bangalore and has practiced in the UK for nearly thirty years.

His private work involves clinical work that pertains to patients with a variety of mental health conditions. His areas of interest and expertise are:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Panic Attacks / Anxiety / Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Stress-related Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Mr. Muhammed Laklouk

Consultant anaesthesia 

Dr Laklouk is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management, teaching in NHS Hospitals Trust. He qualified from Libya and was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) with distinction and has practiced in the UK for 14 years. Further to this he undertook postgraduate specialist training and has been awarded the following: the fellowship of the royal college of anaesthetists (FRCA) in 2015 and the fellowship of the faculty of pain medicine (FFPMRCA) in 2018.

His areas of interest and expertise are:

  • Chronic pain
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Chronic spinal pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic, bladder and perineal pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Chronic post-surgical pain
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Myofascial pain
  • Medication management and advice

6 Step Patient Journey

This is then followed up with check-ups after one month, and again after six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know that I am eligible for treatment?

We ask you to complete our medical questionnaire, which asks you about your condition, and treatments you have tried. This will let us see whether you are likely to benefit from medical cannabis, or if other treatments would be more appropriate. If it looks like you are eligible and are likely to benefit, you can then book an appointment for either a remote or face to face consultation. If ineligible, you are advised to get in touch with your GP to discuss your options. Once these options have been explored, please get back in touch with us.

Will I always be able to get my medicines?

We have a close working relationship with Grow Pharma and IPS Pharma, so we can access a full range of cannabis medicines with a reliable steady supply.

Is medical cannabis legal?

Yes, these medicines were made legal in November 2018, so can be prescribed. We adhere to “best practice” guidelines; and are CQC approved. All our specialists are on the GMC specialist register and are experts in their respective fields. Prescriptions are only issued once discussed and approved by the multidisciplinary team (MDT)

How long will it take to get my medicines?

Usually within 48 hours of the MDT decision. The MDT meets weekly. You can choose whether you want your medicines delivered to your home, or to your local pharmacy.

Is medical cannabis safe?

All medication can have detrimental effects. Medical cannabis, unlike street cannabis, is grown in a controlled environment, so the constituents of the medication are known. Research shows it to be less addictive than opioid medication, and it does not cause the depression of breathing that opioids cause. When an agreement is made to prescribe medical cannabis, the possible detrimental effects, and do’s and don’ts, will be discussed with you. You can be assured that the safety profile of medical cannabis is generally good.

Is it the same as illicit cannabis?

Medical cannabis is safe and now available. Medical cannabis products also do not carry the risks of street cannabis (impurities/pesticides), and so is also an option for those who have been forced to take street cannabis for various conditions.

What cannabis medicines are available?

Medical cannabis comes in many forms: oils, flower, and capsules. Your doctor will help choose your most appropriate form, and dose, according to your specific condition.

What conditions are patients seen for at “Medical Cannabis at NRC”?

Our expert specialists include pain specialists, a pelvic pain specialist, and psychiatrists. Conditions they treat with medical cannabis include chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain and depression/anxiety associated with premenstrual symptoms and menopause, back and neck pain, cancer related pain, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.

Are my consultations covered by my medical insurance?

Unlikely, but it is best that you contact your insurance provider.

How does medical cannabis differ from the CBD I can buy in shops?

The CBD available on the High Street is poorly regulated and not made to pharma standards. It is commonly made from Hemp, a form of cannabis bred for textile use. The plants used to make cannabis medicines are grown for their medical effects.

Are there any side effects with taking medical cannabis?

Initially, there may be short-lived side effects, but we will follow you up to titrate the doses of CBD and THC if necessary. We can be contacted easily, so the clinicians can give advice and make changes as necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are experiencing any side effects.

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