Soreh Levy set up a multi-bed clinic here with her colleague Chris Dance in 2006. Soreh and Chris were committed to providing acupuncture treatment for the whole community, and were aware that for many people, the cost of private treatments was prohibitive.
The clinic was the first of it’s kind in the UK – without an appointment you can walk in off the street and receive the highest quality acupuncture treatment in a beautiful studio space, at a reduced rate.
Everyone who works at the clinic is proud to think of the hundreds of people we have helped back to good health over the years.
What is a multi-bed clinic
Acupuncture in the UK is usually practised on a one-to-one basis and costs anything from £35 up to £200, depending on where and who you see. Whilst some people can afford this, the majority would struggle to pay for regular treatment at this cost and for some, it places it totally out of their reach.
We at Hove Community Acupuncture believe that treatment should be available to everyone so we run three drop-in clinics week at the Tree of Life Centre in Hove, providing low-cost treatment in a multi-bed setting.
A multi-bed, or community clinic enables practitioners to treat a number of patients at the same time, thereby reducing the cost to the patient.
It is possible for acupuncturists to offer this type of service because acupuncture needles usually take 20-45 minutes to do their work, so the practitioner can place needles in one patient, leave them to relax into their treatment, and then move on to another patient.
In our clinic we have six couches set up in a light, airy and peaceful studio space. We use blankets to maintain modesty and play soothing music and speak quietly to maintain privacy.
We are a team of five, with two of us working during each session. We run a drop-in service, which means we can’t guarantee that you’ll always see the same practitioner, but more often than not you will, especially if it’s important to you and you are happy to wait for a short while.
You pay what you can afford
We operate a sliding scale of £15-£35 per treatment, and ask that you pay what you can afford on that scale.
What are the benefits
As well as the reduced cost, an extra benefit of multi-bed clinics is the community spirit that emerges when several people are treated together. Patients consistently report that they like the sense of togetherness and humanity they find there.
The vast majority of patients feel very comfortable receiving acupuncture in this setting. But if it doesn’t feel right when you try it, or your practitioner thinks you might benefit from one-to-one treatment, we are more than happy to discuss it further.
We treat a wide range of people and aim to be as inclusive as we possibly can.
We are on the ground floor with wheelchair access to the studio.
We treat men and women in one room and there may be both male and female practitioners on duty during sessions, so if you need women or male only space please contact us for a one-to-one session.
We are happy to treat young people over the age of 16. If you are looking for treatment for your baby or children please contact us to arrange a one-to-one session.
We are happy for you to bring older children into clinic whilst you are receiving treatment as long as they are able to sit quietly but for the benefit of the other clients we’d ask that you don’t bring babies or small children in.
If you want to know more
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