Since February 2016, a new Refractory IBS Service has been supporting patients who don’t respond to the usual treatments for IBS, making their condition difficult to manage.

The service, provided by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, helps reduce the number of patients having unnecessary, extensive investigations, such as colonoscopies and other tests.

The service is run by specialist dietitians, with support from consultant gastroenterologists, and will provide around 300 refractory IBS sufferers a year with assessments, support to manage their condition and any further investigations that are needed.

The recommended diet, given to patients by the service, can be really helpful in relieving IBS symptoms.