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The placebo effect has been repeatedly proven for over 60 years.

How it works

1. Book an appointment

Speak to one of our GMC registered doctors. We offer convenient and secure video consultations using WhatsApp.

2. Discuss your problem

If our doctor recommends a course of treatment they will send a prescription to our medicines team.

3. Receive your prescription

Our medicines team will randomly allocate you to receive the prescribed medication - or a placebo.


  • 10 minute consultation £30
  • 20 minute consultation £50
  • Prescription charge £9

    Your first prescription is free.

  • Sick note £5

    A signed private sick note accepted by most employers.

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Who are we?

Dr Paul Jepson MBChB (Manchester) MRCGP

Dr Paul Jepson MBChB (Manchester) MRCGP

Medical Director

The Placebo Clinic is a new kind of healthcare provider and is the first of it’s kind in the UK. 

We are a small group of GPs based in Manchester who have a passion for providing high-quality, safe and effective care to our patients. 

However, in recent years we have been increasingly frustrated by the limitations of many of the standard treatments available to us; whether because of addiction, withdrawal, side-effects – or just the fact that they often don’t seem to work that well.

We knew that there must be a better way and so we decided to try and figure out how we could make meaningful improvements to our patients’ symptoms whilst reducing the overall risk to their health.

The result is The Placebo Clinic, a service a lot like your own GP – except that we consult via WhatsApp and the medication you receive may or may not be a placebo.

  • GMC registered doctors
  • Convenient video consultations
  • Scientifically-proven treatments

Contact Us

For general enquiries please complete the form below.

Alternatively you can phone, email or send a WhatsApp message but please note: the admin department is not staffed full time so the best way to ensure a response it to use this form.

More about the placebo effect

Eric Mead: The Magic of the Placebo

Watch this fascinating TEDTalk discussing the placebo effect.

Dr Michael Mosley: BBC Horizon

Dr Mosley meets a women whose life was transformed by placebo surgery.

How the placebo effect really works

A simple introduction to the placebo effect.

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