Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes varying symptoms and can include:
- abdominal pain
- bouts of diarrhoea, constipation or both
These symptoms tend to come and go and are often helped by medical treatments, changes to diet and psychological support.
We can provide management recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
- Dietary review
- Medical and clinical hypnosis (hypnotherapy) . Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Please also see our leaflets on medical and clinical hypnosis and CBT for further information.
The doctor 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:
- A review of your diet and suggestions for changes
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychological support based on hypnosis
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.
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.
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.
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.