Interview with a GP headache specialist

We talk to a GP with special interest in headache disorders about their role in migraine care

Dr Rachael Kilner is a GP with special interest (GPwSI) in headache disorders. In this video, Dr Kilner talks about her role as a headache and migraine specialist and what, in her opinion, needs to change in migraine care.

"Migraine sufferers sometimes don't get the correct treatment from the right place in the NHS" Dr Rachael Kilner

Further information

Seeking medical advice

If you have migraine, or suspect you do, it is important to see a doctor to get a formal diagnosis.  Talking to a doctor about migraine can sometimes be difficult, so find out how you can get the most out of your appointment.

While most people can have their migraine care managed by their GP, some people will benefit from a referral to a specialist.  For example, if you are not responding well to treatment, there is doubt over your diagnosis, or your symptoms are becoming more debilitating, then your GP may refer you to a migraine clinic.

For professionals

We also have information for health professionals to aid the diagnosis and management of migraine.

We’re campaigning on your behalf

The Migraine Trust is working to reduce the burden of migraine by working with patients, health professionals, the Government and other key parties. Our policy development work includes campaigning to improve the education of health professionals and to improve diagnosis and treatment for patients.

About Dr Rachael Kilner

Dr Kilner has worked in Lambeth as a GP for the last 15 years, and for the last 7 years has been a GP partner at South Lambeth Road Practice – a busy inner city practice in Stockwell, South London. Dr Kilner is a GP with special interest in headache, and has been working on outpatient clinics at Kings College Hospital Headache Service since 2006. She started the Lambeth Community Headache Service in collaboration with a GP colleague, initially as a pilot, and then as a commissioned service between 2009 -2013. Dr Kilner is a member of the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH).