Fibromyalgia syndrome service 

  • What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)?

    FMS is a syndrome of unknown cause which causes chronic widespread pain, it often causes fatigue and may cause problems with mood and sleep, concentration and memory problems, cause headache, and intestinal symptoms.
  • Who are the FMS team?

    The specialist team consists of:

    • Consultant rheumatologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physiotherapist
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
    • Dietitian
  • What are the aims of the FMS service?

    We aim to:

    • To make or confirm the diagnosis
    • Help you understand your condition
    • Help you develop coping strategies to manage symptoms
    • Improve your symptoms
    • Improve your quality of life

    A holistic approach is used. This means looking at both the physical and psychological aspects of illness.

  • What should I expect when I come to the clinic?

    At your first appointment you will see a consultant doctor to confirm the diagnosis, based on detailed clinical assessment. The doctor may do blood tests and scans to exclude other possible causes of your problems, and review the medicines you are taking. The doctor will refer you to the FMS Team and may offer complementary therapy.

    The team will agree a treatment programme with you tailored to your needs. The treatment programme may be one to one or in a small group. It may include:

    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    • Activity Management Therapy
    • Graded exercise therapy
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Sleep management
    • Diet and nutrition

    The doctor may see you for follow-up appointments during the programme to review any change in medication, and for final review once treatment is completed.

  • Your appointment

    If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP. Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
  • Professional education and training

    The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.

 Contact details

Fibromyalgia syndrome service
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
60 Great Ormond Street
London, WC1N 3HR

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000
Fax: 020 3448 2004
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

Service manager - Loretta Chinwokwu
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)