These FAQs are expressly not to be interpreted as instructions for home treatments. The Taymount Clinic will not accept responsibility for any outcomes howsoever caused from anyone using these FAQs as part of a home treatment protocol not individually and expressly sanctioned by the Taymount Clinic.

Can I attend the clinic for 1 week and take the rest home for self-implantation?

Can I attend the clinic for 1 week and take the rest home for self-implantation? See why this is such an important question to ask…

What is the success rate for my condition?

Watch and learn about the success rate for your condition when having FMT treatment.

How can the bacteria travel through the whole colon?

Watch this video to learn how the bacteria travels through the colon.

Are there any risks with FMT and Colon Hydrotherapy?

Find out the answer to many peoples question around the risks with FMT & Colon Hydrotherapy.

Do you know which bacteria are in the implants?

Watch and learn as Taymount Clinic give you the answer to what bacteria is in the implants.

Do you know of any hormonal adverse reactions depending on whether the donor was male or female?

Find out here if there are any reactions depending on whether the donor was male or female.

How are the donors tested and selected?

Listen to Enid Taylor of Taymount as she explains how the donors are tested and selected.

Do I need to follow a specific diet before I come to the clinic for FMT?

Watch and learn as Enid Taylor discusses what you should do before your FMT treatment.

When my implants arrived, they looked as though they had defrosted. Is this the case?

Listen to Enid Taylor from Taymount Clinic and learn why implants look defrosted.

How long does it take to see an improvement in my condition?

Watch and listen to find out how long it takes to see an improvement in your condition after having FMT treatment at Taymount Clinic.

What makes Taymount implants the best quality?

Watch and listen to Enid Taylor and find out why Taymount Clinic’s Implants are the best quality.

What is the preparation process and why is it important?

Listen to find out about the preparation before FMT treatment the importance of it.

Will I be able to go to work, exercise or go sightseeing during my FMT treatment?

Find out what you will be able to do during your visit to Taymount and what you should avoid doing!

Can I have the colonics in “preparation C” somewhere else before I come to Taymount?

See why “preparation C” is so important to get right first time…

Where do people stay during their time at the clinic?

Find out about the local towns you can stay in during your visit to the clinic…

Is the FMT process painful?

Find out more about the FMT procedure and how is performed.

Does FMT replace medical treatment?

No, not at all. We stress that FMT is not a replacement for any medical procedure whatsoever. Patients should ALWAYS refer to their registered Medical Practitioner in the first instance and we recommend that medical advice be sought before booking or undertaking FMT.

Are there any recommendations for patients regarding an on-going implant programme when they get home?

Not as a generality. Every patient responds differently and every condition needs a unique approach. Therefore there cannot be any standardised “prescriptive” approach to ongoing therapies after a patient returns home. It is not a “one-size-fits-all” situation. Each patient needs to find which approach works best for them in their own unique environment, whether it is daily, weekly or monthly. Only the patient’s own response can provide evidence for the correct programme for them and we help them design a schedule of top-ups which may be the most beneficial for them. It does have to remain flexible to adjust to a patient’s needs and symptom response long term.

Where can I find scientific papers published about FMT?

We have a page on our website with links to a few key studies about FMT – click this link for details:

References & Sources

The internet is a huge library of information and to locate the more serious scientific publications, we recommend the use of a specific search tool called Search Visualizer: www.searchvisualiser.com

Insert your search terms and make sure you use the word ‘abstract’ also, this will ensure that your search results contain mainly scientific studies which nearly always feature a small synopsis at the front, called an abstract.
e.g. FMT Crohn’s abstract

What are the risks of this treatment?

We have observed that in the case of advanced and acute inflammation, it is possible, although uncommon for a commensal species of bacterium causing no problems whatsoever in the donor, to exacerbate the inflammation in the recipient.  In most instances the inflammation appears to reduce without the need for pharmaceutical intervention.  On rare occasions patients return to their own medical physicians to control the inflammation.  In general terms, commensal microflora are a part of normal daily life in the donor and if the donor is tested negative for important pathogenic infections and conditions, then the same microflora should in most cases, transplant safely into a recipient without complications.  We have seen no documented cases of major side effects.

Can each implant be individually tested?

Of course, each individual implant can be individually tested on request, but at a cost of almost £1000 GBP for each test programme, this would make a £3,000/5-day programme cost £8,000 and a £4,000/10-day programme would cost £14,000.  Instead, we test every three months and use implants taken between negative opening and closing tests.

Can you treat children?

Parents of children can you please read this very carefully

Under United Kingdom law, only paediatricians holding a current medical licence can treat a child under the age of 16 years. At this moment the Taymount Clinic CANNOT treat children under the age of 16 years under any circumstances.

This situation will change when we engage a paediatrician to consult at the clinic, so until then – we are sorry, we cannot treat children or even provide other advice to parents.  It is a highly emotive subject and we fully understand parents’ desperation when they contact us for advice, but FMT is still in an ongoing research phase and UK law has a strong view on parents who may attempt a non-clinical and “experimental” home treatment on a child.

Currently, our clinic in The Bahamas has a resident paediatrician in the team and Dr. Thomas is happy to consider patients for treatment between the ages of 4 and 18.  Each case is considered on its own merit through consultation and of course, travel to The Bahamas would be necessary for any treatment programs offered.  You can find information on our Bahamas clinic  here.

Is Taymounts FMT treatment available on the UK National Health Service?

We are a private clinic with no connection to the UK NHS. Any UK NHS patient wishing to have this treatment paid for by the NHS will have to directly approach their own doctor to ask if their area CCG – Clinical Commissioning Group (formerly called a PCT – Primary Care Trust) will fund their treatment from the local health budget. The Taymount Clinic can not do this on a patient’s behalf. As of this date we need to report that no CCG in the UK has offered to fund a patient’s treatment. We have had two patient referrals from leading NHS Gastroenterologists in the UK, but they are on the basis that the patient funds their own treatment programme.

Are clinic personnel medically trained / qualified?

FMT is currently at the investigative stage and to the most part, microbiologists and academics are carrying out the research work into the effectiveness and relevance of the procedure with a range of conditions. The United Kingdom medical authorities do not classify FMT as a medical procedure, although once the research has reached an advanced state with sufficient positive trials data, medical adoption is likely to follow.

In preparation for medical adoption, treatment at the Taymount Clinic is carried out by trained FMT practitioners with nutritional experience.

How do you administer the implant?

Some FMT researchers use a ‘Top-Down” process where a nasogastric tube is inserted and tracked down through the esophagus and stomach, sometimes into the duodenum.  For a number of reasons (which include patient comfort) we prefer to use a rectal catheter infusion of the implant that delivers the FMT directly to the large bowel (colon).

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