Dr Bettina Wan

General (internal) medicine, Geriatric medicine

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About me

I have been a consultant physician for more than 10 years, looking after people with a wide range of problems that affect the heart (cardiovascular), lungs (respiratory), digestive system (gastrointestinal), kidneys (renal), brain (neurological), blood (haematological) and hormones (endocrine). In addition, as a specialist in older persons, I frequently work with people who have unexplained and non-specific complaints such as memory loss, difficulty in walking, weight loss and falls. The vast majority of my patients have problems affecting a number of body systems, and my expertise lies in managing the medical complexities that arise as a result.

I understand that being unwell can impact on your physical function, mental state and psychological wellbeing. My approach to care is holistic and centred around your needs and goals. I will involve you, and your family if you so wish, in any decision-making. I work closely with other specialists and allied health professionals, and will ensure good communication with you and your GP.

I treat both stable chronic conditions and acute deteriorations. I am skilled at coordinating investigations so that diagnoses can be made rapidly. I can help you optimize your conditions in preparation for surgery, and manage any medical complications that may occur after the operation. I also advise on advance plans such as living wills and Power of Attorney.

Areas of interest

I specialise in the management of multiple medical conditions and psychosocial impact of disease. The conditions I see are not restricted to a single organ, and I commonly see patients with combinations of heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, emphysema, chronic kidney disease, anaemia, diabetes, stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms Investigated
- Falls
- Dizziness and funny turns
- Breathlessness
- ‘Slowing’ down
- Reduced mobility
- Memory decline
- Confusion
- Low mood
- Weight loss
- Incontinence
- Frailty
- Delirium

Other Services Offered:
- Pre-operative and post-operative assessments
- Medication review and optimisation
- Assessment of mental capacity
- Advice on advance care plans

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