Priory Healthcare has invested £100,000 in new equipment to provide Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at its Harley Street Wellbeing Centre.
The non-invasive therapy uses a pulsed magnetic field to induce a small electric current in part of the brain, increasing the connectivity of brain cells. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression and is particularly useful for people who are resistant or have adverse effects from medication.
A specialist team of staff will co-ordinate and manage the rTMS programme, and support patients through their treatment, which typically takes place five days a week for three to four consecutive weeks.
There is increasing evidence to show the NICE-approved treatment has positive results and produces minimal side effects, with studies showing a significant decrease in depressive symptoms.
Dr Leon Rozewicz, medical director at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street, said: ‘The Priory Harley Street Wellbeing Centre offers the full range of medical and psychological treatments for depression. rTMS is a treatment of proven efficacy for patients who do not respond to antidepressants and talking therapy. It is also useful for patients who are sensitive to the adverse effects of medication. It works within two to four weeks and does not have significant adverse effects.’