Dr James Rakshi

Dr James Rakshi

MB, ChB, MD, FRCP

Neurology

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3 specialists

31 years of experience
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Overall Rating

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5

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5

Explanation

5

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“Dr James Rakshi is the best doctor I have ever met. No aspect of my care was too much trouble. He is highly competent and knowledgable, as well as able to be honest about uncertainties in diagnosis. He thinks outside the box regarding complex problems and enigmas and is highly collaborative in deciding a best course of action. He can balance the need for intrusive tests and scans with the importance of accepting unknowns. Of special note is that during the period of my consultations with Dr Rakshi, I was hospitalised and he kept in touch with me during that period with excellent and helpful explanations and suggestions. I have never felt pressurised in respect of time, and he is prompt and professional. He is confident in considering the individual and their presentation and needs, albeit aware of the general profession's stances. I have recommended him to others, and he was specifically helpful in respect of dilemmas regarding the COVID-19 vaccines for those with complex neurological histories. Thank you SO much, Dr Rakshi! “
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Subspecialty

  • Neuro-Rehabilitation
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3286393
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £350

    Follow-up appointment: £225

    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    774 reviews

    About

    Dr. James Rakshi has been a Consultant Neurologist for nearly 20 years and has considerable experience in diagnosing and managing a wide range of neurological disorders and problems, both acute and chronic. He graduated in 1988 from Aberdeen Universtiy, Scotland, where he first developed an interest in Neurology and Brain imaging working in the Neurology and Neurosurgical unit. The very first clinical MRI Brain scanner was built at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Dr Rakshi trained in general medicine covering many different specialities for more than four years before specialising in neurology, which has helped him develop a more holistic and pro-active approach to Neurology. He undertook neurology training at a number of major neuroscience centres in London, including The Hammersmith, St George’s, St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals as well as the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where he subsequently became an Honorary Consultant. He has also worked at many of the District General Hospitals in and around London. Dr. Rakshi has run an advanced multiple sclerosis centre and has trained in a number of neuro-rehabilitation centres.

    Every patient is unique in the way their symptoms present. Therefore Dr Rakshi has learnt over the years multiple approaches to best assess and manage his patients. Dr Rakshi encourages patients to provide a summary of their medical and neurological symptoms and history.

    Dr Rakshi believes the key to reaching the correct diagnosis is taking the time to listen to the patient and family and always keeping an open mind whilst considering the more serious and urgent diagnoses. (sounds obvious but in his own personal experience rarely done) Sometimes it is an incidental or random comment from the patient or relative that alerts one to the diagnosis. He has a reputation for giving a clear explanation of the patient's neurological problem and how best to investigate and manage it. He is often asked to provide a second opinion. He prides himself on quickly organising investigations and providing detailed letters and reports in clear understandable language. His general approach is very simple, treat each patient the way you would want to be treated yourself. 


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
    • General Neurology (acute and chronic neurological conditions) with Special Interests as listed
    • Dementia/Memory Problems
    • Dizziness/light-headed
    • Epilepsy
    • Headache
    • Head Injury/Concussion
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neck and Back Problems
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Sleep Disturbance
    • Stroke/TIA
    • Weakness/Sensory disturbance/Fatigue
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    Medical procedures

    • Neuroradiology (Imaging)
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Migraine
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    • Peripheral Neuropathy
    • Stroke
    • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
    • Ataxia
    • Brain Tumours
    • Dementia
    • Epilepsy
    • Guillain Barre Syndrome
    • Headache
    • Memory Disorders
    • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
    • Movement Disorders
    • Neuromuscular Disease
    • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
    • Seizures
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Spinal Cord Tumour
    • Spinal Disorders
    • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
    • Vascular Dementia
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    Education

    • MB ChB - Aberdeen University 1988
    • MD - Aberdeen University 2003
    • FRCP - Royal College of Physicians 2007

     

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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
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    Neurology
    9/16
    Migraine
    2/16
    Parkinson’s Disease
    2/16
    Cervical spondylotic Myelopathy
    1/16
    Complex neurological history
    1/16
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    1/16
    Neuro-rehabilitation
    1/16
    Neurological Rehabilitation
    1/16
    Peripheral Neuropathy
    1/16
    Sacoidosis
    1/16
    Spinal Disorders
    1/16
    Stroke
    1/16
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Complex neurological history
    Dr James Rakshi is the best doctor I have ever met. No aspect of my care was too much trouble. He is highly competent and knowledgable, as well as able to be honest about uncertainties in diagnosis. He thinks outside the box regarding complex problems and enigmas and is highly collaborative in deciding a best course of action. He can balance the need for intrusive tests and scans with the importance of accepting unknowns. Of special note is that during the period of my consultations with Dr Rakshi, I was hospitalised and he kept in touch with me during that period with excellent and helpful explanations and suggestions. I have never felt pressurised in respect of time, and he is prompt and professional. He is confident in considering the individual and their presentation and needs, albeit aware of the general profession's stances. I have recommended him to others, and he was specifically helpful in respect of dilemmas regarding the COVID-19 vaccines for those with complex neurological histories. Thank you SO much, Dr Rakshi!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cervical spondylotic Myelopathy Spinal Disorders
    James Rakshi is an excellent neurologist and has a lovely bedside manner. He is extremely thorough and an excellent diagnostician. He exhausted every avenue possible, before coming to a concreate diagnosis, that many other consultants had missed over the years. He has kept in regular contact with me whilst in his care, and coordinated a team of consultants working in various fields on my behalf. I would highly recommend him
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Sacoidosis
    Having seen Dr Rakshi 10 years ago, when my partner needed to see a Neurologist, I was pleased to find that he was still practicing. My partner was very ill and having already seen other consultants under various medical specialties, who were unable to diagnose his symptoms, we went to see Dr Rakshi. From the moment we walked in we were put at ease with his manner. He examined my partner and listened to the extensive medical history, although we had all my partner’s clinical letters, reports, and blood results. He told us his initial thoughts on diagnosis, which feel into 3 illness and full explanations of tests that may need to be completed and the reasons why the tests were required. He spent a few days reviewing my partner’s medical history to ensure he was arranging for the correct scans, etc. Over the following 3 weeks he was with us every step of the way pushing for test whether privately or within the NHS, being at the end of an email or the telephone and ensuring when my partner was at his lowest that he was admitted under the NHS, as he needed to be in an environment that would be able to complete various scans and test on one site. My partner and I are forever grateful to Dr Rakshi,, for his support and his passion and not giving up until he had completed the puzzle and has continued to support even though my partner is under the NHS. The only issue we had with Dr Rakshi was the football team he supports but we forgive him for that😊
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    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Neurology
    Dr Rakshi was very kind and friendly. He demonstrated great expertise and took the time to listen, understand and explain everything clearly. I would highly recommend.
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Neuro-rehabilitation
    Dr Rakshi is an excellent communicator. He understood my problem. He could discuss it and consider all the possibilities. He organised all the tests most efficiently and then analysed the results. His conclusions were correct and I felt very confident with his advice.
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Stroke Neurology
    Dr Rakshi did a very thorough investigation into the cause of my stroke, and explained clearly what he was testing for and why. If I had questions at any stage he was happy to talk them through with me. He is very approachable and is just the right person to give you confidence and reassurance at a difficult time.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Neurological Rehabilitation
    Dr Rakshi is an incredible man. He’s a rare combination of being a great listener, empathic, able to keep an open mind and to use his vast knowledge to formulate well thought out treatment plans. Without being overly dramatic, he was instrumental in diagnosing my incredibly rare spinal condition and in doing so prevented me being wheel chair bound for life. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Parkinson’s Disease
    Dr Rakshi has been excellent in his thoughtful and caring approach to assisting my father who has Parkinson's. He makes himself available at short notice and is very professional and knowledgeable in his field.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Neurology
    I would highly recommend Dr Rakshi as a great neurology expert. He is very knowledgeable, detailed oriented, agile and communicates with patients all the time. Instead of waiting, he diagnosed and started my treatment during Covid 19 crises and helped me to get through this. I really appreciate his dedication to work.
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Neurology Peripheral Neuropathy
    I have been under the care of Dr Rakshi for a few years and I can offer nothing but the highest praise. From the first appointment and diagnosis he has offered such great advice, support and guidance and has made me feel secure and confident that I am in the best of hands.
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 3 doctors for:
    3

    Neurology

    Mr Rohit Madhav
    Mr Rohit Madhav
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    26-08-2020

    I can highly recommend James Rakshi for any Neurological conditions. He has excellent rapport, bedside manner, and is brilliant with his diagnostic skills and treatment options.

    For specialty: Neurology
    For conditions: Neuromuscular Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Professor Bhik Kotecha
    Professor Bhik Kotecha
    Ear Nose & Throat Surgery

    31-08-2020

    Dr James Rakshi is a consultant neurologist who has helped many of my patients with further management of their symptoms of headaches and dizziness. He deals with most neurological problems and a number of my patients referred to him were extremely complimentary of his input in resolving their clinical problems with vestibular migraine, atypical facial pain and headaches. Would highly recommend my neurologist colleague Dr James Rakshi

    For specialty: Neurology
    For conditions: Migraine
    For procedures: Video Consultation
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Dr Salim Janmohamed
    Dr Salim Janmohamed
    General (Internal) Medicine, Endocrinology

    03-09-2020

    Dr Rakshi is a trusted expert to whom I routinely refer patients and would strongly recommend as an excellent neurologist

    For specialty: Neurology
    For conditions: Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Headache, Dementia, Migraine, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Seizures, Stroke, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Peripheral Neuropathy, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
    For procedures: Video Consultation
    Connection: I have referred patients to them

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