Vitamin D deficiency

Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children in the UK have low vitamin D levels?

Vitamin D deficiency

Why is vitamin D deficiency so common in the UK?

We gain some vitamin D from food, but most from sunlight.

What are the food sources of vitamin D?

  • Oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel and sardines), cod liver oil and other fish oils
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Mushrooms
  • fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals

Why is vitamin D important for our health?

  • For our bone and muscle health
  • Deficiency is associated with Diabetes, Heart disease, Breast cancer, Bowel cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

Who is at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Under 5 year olds
  • Over 65 year olds
  • People who have little or no exposure to the sun eg those who cover-up for cultural reasons, people who are housebound or who stay indoors for long periods of time.
  • People with darker skin (these groups are not able to make as much vitamin D as those with paler skin).

How does vitamin D deficiency present itself?

  • Many have no symptoms or only vague symptoms of tiredness or body aches
  • Proximal muscle weakness
  • Rib, hip, pelvis, thigh and foot pain are typical
  • Fractures
  • Extreme cases can cause rickets in children, osteomalacia in adults

How can you find out if you have vitamin D deficiency?

  • A simple blood test done by Dr Sumi Soori at Roseneath Medical Practice, with same day results.
  • This may be combined with further blood tests to look for changes linked to low vitamin D and possible referral for wrist x-ray in a child to check on bone development.


Google reviews November 2017

November 2017 – Patients’ feedback

Feedback of our GP and Richmond doctor services

‘Dr Soori is superb, as is the whole practise. I have used the surgery three times now, twice for me and once for my daughter. On each occasion – covering a wide variety of issues – the level of care and treatment has been first class. It is not just the approachable and efficient service but also that extra ingredient of a Doctor who seems to have time to focus wholly on the issue to hand and obviously really cares deeply about the well being of her patients. First class.’ – Trevor Millett

‘My wife attended Roseneath Medical Practice to have a silicone injection in her knee that had been recommended by the consultant Mr Rhidian Thomas at Parkside Hospital Wimbledon. She has terrible “white coat syndrome” she was pretty nervous Dr Sumi was very patient and understanding and talked her through the procedure which in the end was totally straightforward and painless. She is am happy to say that for the first time in years her right knee is virtually free from pain. She is now going to arrange MRI scans of her left knee and hopefully she can have the same procedure.’ – Richard Sanders

‘We were on holiday in Richmond for a couple of weeks and were looking for a doctor for our young daughter to be examined. We have made the best choice to visit Dr Sumi Soori who has been really fantastic and whom i would highly recommend as a family GP! She even took some time “off work” on different occasions to check up on our daughter which we really appreciated. Warm welcome and high quality care!’ – Caroline Izard
Private GP in Richmond – Surrey review

Google reviews September 2017

September 2017 – Patients’ feedback

Valuable feedback about our doctor & GP practice

‘Dr Sumi Soori is patient, extremely knowledgeable and refreshingly personable. I would highly recommend her.’

‘The best experience I’ve had with a GP in the UK. I highly recommend Dr Soori, she is sensitive to individual needs, caring and will go above and beyond to ensure that her patients receive the best care, as well as aftercare, highly recommend.’

‘I was in the UK for few weeks on vacation. And I had been here several time with sick kids and for general consultation. The staff was great and very friendly… and was able to to schedule an appointment on the same day. Their weekend hours are also very convenient.. and the wait was short… Dr. Sumi is very knowledgeable and experienced. She answered all my questioned and was very helpful… I consider her as my family doctor whenever I am in the UK.’


Timely immunisation

A number of illnesses can be prevented by
timely immunisation.

Learn about illness prevention, by our Doctors in Richmond

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Which vaccines should you have for Autumn?
– Flu – did you know that even if you had the flu vaccine last year, you will need another one this year? People are always at risk of getting flu because the strains are always changing. The vaccine can be administered in the form of injection for adults or nasal spray for young or high risk children.
– Meningococcal B and ACWY vaccine – Meningitis remains a serious threat to children, teenagers and young adults, especially in the winter months. It is fatal in one in 10 cases.
– Measles – Did you know that this is the third most common vaccine-preventable cause of death among children throughout the world? It is one of the most infectious diseases in humans.
– Whooping cough – This is a highly infectious bacterial infection, which can be very serious for babies under one year. It is important to have this vaccine in the third trimester of every pregnancy.
– Chickenpox – This vaccine is not part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule in UK. The vaccine prevents the likelihood of serious chickenpox and lessens the chance of scarring.
And the good news?
The benefits of all the vaccines mentioned far outweigh the risk of side effects, which all tend to be mild.
At Roseneath Medical Practice we have stock of all the vaccines. We want you to stay well and healthy over autumn, and offer appointments seven days a week.

Google review July 2017

July 2017 – Patient’s feedback

‘As an American who visits London quite frequently, I have been generally very fortunate not to require medical services while here. However, on my current trip I was not as fortunate as I found that a severe allergic reaction required blood tests with a quick turn-around time. After exploring options, the only one that would meet the need for a quick turn-around was Roseneath Medical Practice in Richmond. My first call was answered by Jessica in reception, and she was very charming and understood exactly what I needed and helped arrange an appointment with Dr. Sumi Soori within two hours. Upon my arrival, I filled out a short questionnaire and was immediately shown into Dr. Soori’s office. Dr. Soori was friendly, professional, very competent, and understood the need for quick turn-around. She drew the blood right away, and it left the examination room before I did. She promised the results by end of the day, by phone, or email if it was too late. I received a call from Dr. Soori six hours after the blood was drawn and she had the complete set of results which she reviewed with me. And I received a follow-up email with the detailed results as well.

My entire experience with Roseneath Medical Practice was efficient, friendly, and professional, and I recommend them without reservation!’