About Us

Prevention + Health Promotion + Individual Healthcare

Three decades of service and expertise

The Fleet Street Clinic is an independent medical practice in Central London, established by Dr Richard Dawood & Gillian Whitby in 1995.

Richard is a Specialist in Travel Medicine, and with like-minded practitioners and supporting staff, we offer excellent medical care in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment. Gillian is an Optometrist with over 30 years of experience, founding Whitby & Co, part of the whole that is the Fleet Street Clinic. Together, we have a wealth of experience in meeting the medical and healthcare needs of our individual private patients and business clients.

Our experienced, well-regarded practitioners aim to provide high-quality care across all the services we offer, which include primary care, occupational health and corporate healthcare.
Building on prior innovation using PCR for rapid diagnosis in travellers returning from abroad, the Fleet Street Laboratory opened formally in 2020, providing in-house UKAS-accredited rapid rt-PCR Covid / SARS-CoV-2 testing, helping countless individual patients and supporting complex projects in the UK and internationally. Our range of in-house laboratory services continues to expand, enabling prompt diagnosis and rapid treatment for our patients.

We aim to provide bespoke, innovative, accessible and convenient care for the communities we serve, ensuring patients’ needs are met consistently and to their satisfaction.

We are committed to investing in our team, facilities, technology and business growth, and pride ourselves in acting with honesty, integrity and compassion.
Trusted Experienced Innovative

Experience is Everything

Our experienced practitioners provide care you can rely on.

Our dedicated clinicians deliver unparalleled, individual care and attention. Experience translates into good clinical judgement, early and accurate diagnosis, timely treatment, and excellent, all-round care. It also brings fast access to a broad network of world-class specialists across the full range of medical and surgical disciplines.

When it comes to delivering excellence in private medical care, experience counts.

Our Values

Our core values are the foundations of our commitment to achieving clinical excellence and satisfaction for everyone who uses our services. We are individually and collectively committed to putting these values at the heart of our practice.


We invest in the latest innovations in healthcare. We deliver a first-class experience, focusing on individual patients’ wants and needs, and continually strive to achieve clinical excellence.

Loyalty & Trust

We promise to listen to you with empathy, involve you in treatment decision-making, treat you with respect and dignity, and to gain your trust in our clinical competence.
All patients are cared for in a way that is safe, effective, responsive and well-led.

Exceeding Expectations

Our aim is to provide excellent care, meeting the needs of each patient and exceeding our patients' expectations.
You can rely on us to go above and beyond, and to put your health interests first.

Integrated Care

We are a multidisciplinary clinic, integrating all our services to provide seamless, collaborative care.

Our Timeline


Fleet Street Clinic established

We acquired the premises at 29 Fleet Street, jointly with Whitby & Co. Optician


Support Reuters TV journalist in Rwanda

Reuters TV journalists have a “near miss” with malaria. We devise a new approach to looking after news teams, ensuring readiness for rapid deployment anywhere in the world.


Reuters rolls out rapid deployment programme

Following an incident in the Sierra Leone war involving Reuters print journalists, our programme rolls out across the entire Reuters rapid-deployment team


Support the Ministry of Defence during the Iraq War

We are appointed by the MOD to prepare and train journalists who will be embedded with coalition military in Iraq. Our clients now include most UK and US newsgathering organisations.


Provide SARS support

We supported UK and US media travelling to cover the SARS outbreak in Asia.


The Metropolitan Police calls

We provide support for international rapid deployment teams.


Emergency supplies for Tsunami journalists

We provide immediate medical supplies and support for journalists deploying from the UK to report on the Asian Tsunami natural disaster.


Provide Avian Flu support

We train and support news media travelling to cover the developing Avian Flu pandemic.


Work with Ewan MacGregor & Charlie Boorman

We look after Ewan MacGregor, Charlie Boorman and their team on a round-the-world adventure; Long Way Round. This is followed by Long Way Down (Africa) and Long Way Up (Americas).


Support the West End

We become medical support partners for this prestigious West End theatre group, Nimax Theatre.


Launch mass protection against flu

We are appointed to vaccinate a government department with 18,000 staff UK-wide – the Home Office – against flu. We introduce the first online vaccination booking system, cutting out layers of complex administration.


Tour with The Rolling Stones

We joined the medical team supporting the Stones on world tours.


Support businesses and patients through the Swine Flu Pandemic

Our vaccination expertise is put to good use in mass vaccination for the Swine Flu pandemic.


Emergency medical care for journalist exposed to radiation

We provide full medical support for journalists exposed to radiation in this nuclear accident, Fukushima.


Took part in the Olympics

We provide a 24/7 on site clinic at the Olympic Park media centre, for international media covering the 2012 Olympic Games, from April to August.


Provide advice and support for the MERS outbreak

We provide expert comments and background information for broadcast news media covering the MERS outbreak as well as medical advice and support for journalists in the field.


Prepared the cast and crew of Globe-to-Globe Hamlet for the tour

On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe embarked upon a two-year global tour of Hamlet to every country in the world, an unprecedented theatrical event. We advised, vaccinated, and supported the entire cast and crew for travel to 197 countries.


Offer guidance and assistance for the ZIKA outbreak

We provide news media comment on the ZIKA outbreak, and medical support for news teams reporting on its progression. This continues into 2016 with preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


Working with the NHS

We take on the challenge of providing immunity testing, occupational health vaccination and documentation for hundreds of staff across an entire NHS hospital, including night shift workers.


Emergency Ebola support for journalists

We accompany a newsgathering team covering the Ebola outbreak in DRC, providing on-the-ground support for personal protection.


Early warning about rapid Covid spread

23rd January, 7:20am: Our medical director appears on BBC Breakfast explaining the evolving Covid outbreak and its likely speed of spread, one of the first news reports to set out the seriousness of what lies ahead.


Launched rapid PCR testing at London Clinic

We introduce rapid PCR testing at point of care, ultimately using this to support international travel and numerous projects in their return-to-work following lockdown and travel restrictions. These projects range from Mission Impossible 7 to small scale theatre projects in London’s West End.


Introduce private covid vaccinations

First UK medical practice to provide private access to COVID vaccination.


Tour with The Rolling Stones again

We are proud to be part of the medical team supporting the latest Rolling Stones tour, Hackney Diamonds 2024

Publications & Media

Just some of the world-class publications and media that have featured our experts and our services:

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All our prices can be found on each individual service page. See below an overview of our pricing.

Service Private Patient Price
Travel Consultation £25*
*Travel Vaccinations & medications at an additional cost
GP Appointments From £98
Covid Vaccination £95
Wellness Vaccinations Price depend on vaccinations required
Medicals From £299
Health Screenings From £150
*Additional costs for nurse visits
Focused Shockwave Therapy From £85
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) From £55
Contraceptive Coil From £195
Contraceptive Implant From £195
Contraceptive Pill Price depend on chosen contraceptive pill
Sexual Health Services: - Asymptomatic Consultation: £25*
- Symptomatic Consultation: £98*
- Genital Warts Consultation: £185
*Testing & Treatment additional costs
Practice Nurse Appointment £55
Additional Costs:
Stitch Removal From £15
Dressing Changes From £10
Ear Care Appointment From £45
Instant HbA1C Testing - Diabetes £54.50
Optics From £90
Flu Vaccinations From £35 - Available from Sept '24
*Egg-free, FluAd & Nasal Spray options available
Covid-19 Antibody Testing From £195
Covid-19 rt-PCR Testing From £95*
Podiatry From £85
Acupuncture From £90
Osteopathy From £90
Dietitian From £75

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company