Lipids and cholesterol


Lipid and cholesterol treatment & testing at the Royal Free: what are Lipids?

Lipids are molecules that naturally occur in the body. They are part of the building blocks that make up our human cells and protect our nerves.

Sometimes lipids are thought to be fats but even though the molecules are more complicated than that description, lipids are fatty substances. 

When lipid levels in the blood exceed normal levels, the excess of fatty substances in the blood leads to cholesterol problems. High cholesterol refers to increased lipid levels and low cholesterol the reverse. 

This is why eating a lot of foods high in bad fats, like crisps, is advised against, as they can lead to high lipid levels and cholesterol problems -  and eventually to cardiovascular disease and other health issues if high cholesterol is left untreated.

The Royal Free lipid clinic, based at the Royal Free Hospital in London, provides specialist lipid and cholesterol treatment and testing, and related cardiovascular care. 

Patient services


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  • The Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street


    NW3 2QG

    Lipid clinics secretary

    Telephone: 020 7794 0500

    Ext: 35083

    Family support centre (Darren Harvey)

    020 7317 7723

Hospital locations


Referral details

Referrals to the lipid clinic team can be made via a GP or hospital doctor. We regret we cannot see patients without an appointment. Electronic referrals from a GP may be made through the 'choose and book' system. Tertiary referrals (from other hospital consultants) are also available.

If you have any general enquiries about cholesterol or cardiovascular risk management, please contact the family support centre. Please note this is for clinical enquiries only. For administration enquiries, please contact the secretary.