Neurophysiology

Neurophysiology treatment at the Royal Free Hospital

The neurophysiology department at the Royal Free Hospital is part of our neuroscience team, looking after nervous system disorders and muscle diseases. Our neurophysiology department deals with epilepsy, patients with a trapped nerve, or nervous system disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system – not the brain or spinal cord.

Waiting times for medical treatment in neurophysiology are currently about six weeks. 

Neurophysiology treatment: caring for the nervous system

We monitor nervous system disorders and muscle diseases in a number of ways. These include: 

  • electroencephalography (EEG), which records brain activity in order to monitor brain function and brain problems
  • electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies, which look at electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles
  • testing for potential rather than an actual electrical activity, including during spinal surgery
  • computer-controlled temperature testing, known as thermal thresholds, which investigate small fibre nerve dysfunction.

Neurophysiology clinics: where do I go for treatment?

The neurophysiology department is on the first floor of the Royal Free Hospital, behind out-patient Clinic 2. Reception is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.