Dr Rebecca Liu


Medical interests: General neurology, headache, migraine, blackouts, unexplained symptoms. Specialist interest in epilepsy and blackouts.



Neurological symptoms can be a major source of stress and worry. I believe that spending extra time exploring patients' symptoms and offering them rapid access to investigations enables earlier diagnoses and carefully targeted treatment. Patients can be safe in the knowledge that concerns will be dealt with in an understanding and professional manner. I see patients with a range of neurological problems including headaches, blackouts and unexplained symptoms.

In addition, I offer a specialist epilepsy service offering advice on all aspects of seizure diagnosis and management. Patients range from suspected or newly diagnosed epilepsy through to complex and difficult to control epilepsy.

I am a strong advocate of a holistic approach to epilepsy focusing as much on associated problems such as memory difficulties, mood disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety), and social concerns, as on improving seizure control with the least possible side effects.


I have expertise in managing a range of common and rarer neurological conditions. Neurological consultations will centre around a detailed enquiry into the current neurological symptoms as well as any relevant medical background history. Information obtained from the history will direct the examination which may concentrate on the nervous system but may involve examination of other systems if required.

For some conditions e.g. seizures or memory problems, bringing along someone such as a family member or friend who may be able to provide additional information can be very helpful in reaching the correct diagnosis.

Symptoms investigated

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Balance problems
  • Blackouts
  • Funny turns and seizures (fits)
  • Problems with walking
  • Weakness or sensory problems e.g. pins and needles, and numbness
  • Unexplained neurological symptoms
  • Memory concerns

Conditions diagnosed

  • Migraine, tension headaches, medication over use headaches, referred headache from arthiritis of the neck
  • Cluster headaches
  • Epilepsy
  • Inner ear disease causing vertigo and poor balance
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Dementia
  • Neurological problems overlapping with psychological or psychiatric conditions


Medical training

Dr Rebecca Liu completed her medical training at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital and obtained a first class BSc degree in psychology from University College London. She conducted her postgraduate medical training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square and the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead and went on to develop her epilepsy skills at renowned units including the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy and NHNN. She was awarded a PhD for her research into the impact of epilepsy on the human brain in 2004. She has received local and international awards and has published her findings in a number of prestigious peer review journals.

Current appointments

Dr Liu is Consultant Neurologist at The Royal Free Hospital (RFH), London, UK where she runs a specialist epilepsy clinic.As audit lead for Epilepsy at the Royal Free Hospital, she is committed to improving the quality of epilepsy services in primary and secondary care. She is also the community lead for epilepsy in Camden and is working on developing integrated care services in epilepsy.

Dr Liu is also a Consultant Neurologist at Watford General Hospital where she runs a busy general neurology clinic, a transitional epilepsy clinic with the paediatricians and an acute neurological referral service.

NHS post

Consultant Neurologist: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Honorary Consultant Neurologist: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.


Dr Rebecca Liu's availability for consultations

In clinic
Clinic times*
In clinic: Yes
Clinic times*: 12 noon - 2pm
In clinic: Yes
Clinic times*: 10am - 2pm
In clinic: Yes
Clinic times*: Ad hoc

*Other times may be available on request


Dr Rebecca Liu: fees

Type of patient Initial consultation (up to 60 minutes) Follow up consultation (30 minutes)
Self pay* £300 £190
Insured** Recognised and fee agreed with specific insurance companies and embassies. Recognised and fee agreed with specific insurance companies and embassies.

*Fees for overseas patients will be agreed prior to a consultation and will be set dependent on the type of case and amount of preparation required.

*If your policy covers consultations, in most cases, there will be no shortfall to pay (but you may have an excess liability on your policy).
Please note however, some policies do not cover the full cost of consultations, and there may be a shortfall to pay. In that instance, it is the responsibility of the patient to pay the shortfall in full. Please always check your policy conditions or contact your insurer as necessary.

Our temporary opening hours are now from Monday – Friday 08.00 – 20.00


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