Lipids are fatty particles that are transported around the body in the blood, made from substances known as cholesterol and triglycerides. Lipid disorders occur when you have either too many or not enough of these particles in your blood.

Lipid disorders are associated with a number of health conditions which can include stroke, heart attack and narrowing of the arteries in the legs.


We run weekly lipid clinics at both Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH).

The clinics focus on a range of lipid disorders, and offer access to dietitians in a group education session.

We also offer genetic testing to patients who may be suspected of having familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH).

Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) service

You can only access genetic testing for FH if you have been referred to the lipid clinic service in Gloucestershire.

This is because your GP or consultant suspects you may have FH due to:

  • high cholesterol levels
  • a family history of early heart attack or stroke

If you would like any further information regarding the service please contact Lisa Cooper, FH nurse for Gloucestershire on 0300 422 8607.

Lipid and diet education session

Your consultant can refer you to this informal group session, where you will receive:

  • an introduction to the basics of cholesterol
  • principles of a healthy diet and lifestyle
  • guidance on the ‘Ultimate cholesterol lowering plan’

This is an opt in service and if you would prefer not to be seen as part of a group, please contact your consultant’s secretary or the dietitian.

If you would like a follow up appointment with a dietitian, you can arrange this at the end of the session.

Diet and lipid sessions