Irritable Bowel Syndrome Service 

  • What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

    Patients who have IBS often experience varying symptoms that may include abdominal pain, bloating, bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Symptoms tend to come and go and are often helped by medical treatments, dietary changes and psychological support.
  • What can the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Service provide?

    The RLHIM Irritable Bowel Syndrome Service focuses on the following management approaches which are recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence:

    • -Nutrition & Dietetics*
    • -Hypnosis (hypnotherapy)*
    • -Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)*

    Patients may be referred for other psychological interventions which may be helpful in management of their symptoms. These may include Autogenic Training* and Mindfulness*.

    (*specific leaflets about these therapies are available)

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

    The doctor or senior team member will make an initial assessment. Once the assessment is completed they will discuss which approaches are most helpful to enable you to manage your condition. This may include:

    • Dietary assessment and recommendations to ensure nutritional adequacy and possible symptom reduction
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Hypnosis
    • Autogenic Training
    • Mindfulness Meditation

    Psychological support is offered in weekly sessions, either in a group or on an individual basis. Sessions focus on understanding symptoms, learning strategies to self-manage symptoms and reducing the impact the condition has on day-to-day life. Patients will be expected to use and practise these self-management skills between sessions. The number of sessions varies from six to twelve.

  • The team

    Patients are assessed by either a doctor or a psychological therapist. Other members of the team include a specialist dietician and therapists trained in psychological interventions.

    The IBS Service works with the UCLH Functional Gastroenterology Unit to provide a high standard of care to patients diagnosed with IBS.

    “This Hospital offers choice to patients who wish to be actively involved in the management of their conditions. I have valued this choice and have encouraged others to use this hospital, with success” Patient feedback, Pharmacy comments book - May 2010

  • 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.
  • About the team

    Patients are assessed by a psychological therapist. Other members of the team include a specialist dietician and therapists trained in hypnosis and CBT. The IBS Service works with the UCLH Functional Gastroenterology Unit to provide a high standard of care to patients diagnosed with IBS.

 Contact details

Irritable Bowel 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)