Service overview - Gastroenterology

This department is managed by consultants who specialise in bowel-related medicine. The department investigates and treats upper and lower gastrointestinal disease, as well as diseases of the pancreas and bile duct system.

The teams work closely with endoscopy and nutritional services. Sub-specialities within the department include colorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease and swallowing problems.

We have endoscopy nurse specialists linked to our gastroenterology units who are able to perform a wide range of bowel investigations. Endoscopy involves a small thin tube with a camera on the end.

This is guided down the throat or up the back passage to investigate problems in your oesophagus, digestive system and large bowels. Small surgical instruments can be guided up or down in the same way, meaning it can be used for diagnosis and treatment.

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Basildon Hospital - Gastroenterology services

 

Our dedicated gastroenterology ward, Edith Cavell can be contacted on TEL: 01268 394 622

We have a truly multidisciplinary approach: specialists in all areas – for example, gastroenterology, radiology, pathology, oncology and cancer – who work together to provide optimal care and support for patients. Our services aid those experiencing a wide range of problems with their digestive system including:

  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) cancer
  • Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Reflux symptoms
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
  • Liver disease and liver cancer
  • Feeding and nutrition issues

 

Key outpatient services:

Clinics:

  • General Gastroenterology Clinics
  • Dedicated clinics for patients with pancreatic disease
  • Dedicated liver clinics for patients with acute and chronic liver disease including liver transplant clinic combined with Addenbrookes Hospital.
  • Dedicated Nutrition Clinics
  • Dedicated Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinics

 

Endoscopy:

Our JAG accredited, purpose built, endoscopy unit can be contact on TEL: 01268 524 900 ext. 3970 or 3987 (opening times: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

We provide a variety of endoscopic procedures (where the inside of your body is examined internally using an endoscope; a thin, long, flexible tube that contains a light source and a video camera).

We offer outpatient services and an inpatient 24-hour emergency endoscopy service, these include:

  • Gastroscopy - examination of the oesophagus, stomach and small bowel
  • Colonoscopy - examination of the large colon. We are also part of the bowel cancer screening programme.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - examination of the rectum and lower bowel
  • ERCP - a combination of endoscopy with x-rays to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the bile ducts and nearby structures
  • Capsule endoscopy - examination by tiny camera which travels through the system
  • Complex polyp removal by Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) technique
  • Insertion of tubes for feeding (Gastrostomy tubes, Naso jejunal tubes etc.)
  • Other therapeutic procedures for specific gastrointestinal issues.

 

Patient support

We provide access to support services to help patients manage their conditions.

  • Helpline for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease run by specialist nurses. The IBD clinical nurse specialists can be contacted on TEL: 01268 524 900 ext 1499 (this is a voicemail service) or via email: mse.ibd.adviceteam@nhs.net
  • Access to specialist dieticians
  • Access have dedicated Hepatology (Liver) specialist nurses, they can be contacted on TEL: 01268 593 078.
  • Access to specialist nutrition nurses for patients requiring artificial nutrition support including enteral nutrition (tube feeding, gastrostomy and feeding jejunostomy) and some parenteral nutrition, they can be contacted via email: mse.btuhnns@nhs.net

Due to have a procedure with us? Find patient friendly information about our most commonly performed procedures from these links:

 

Nutrition support

The nutrition support team provide artificial nutrition support including:

Enteral nutrition

Tube feeding (Naso-gastric and naso jejunal)
Gastrostomy (percutaneous endoscopic and radiological)
Surgical feeding jejunostomy

Parenteral nutrition

Inpatient and home parenteral nutrition (HPN)
Home intravenous electrolyte replacement.

Broomfield Hospital - Inflammatory Bowel Disease service

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) advice service is run by our nurse specialists who are will be able to offer you information, education and support about any aspect of your illness and the treatment you will receive.

Relapses of your IBD can be very unpleasant and upsetting. If you start to become unwell, contact the IBD advice line as soon as possible. We may be able to give you advice on adjusting your medication or suggest a medication to your GP so you can start treatment without the need to come to hospital. Where you need to be assessed in person, we can arrange for you to be seen in the clinic either by the IBD nurse or a doctor.

Call the team on 01245 514705  

Monday - 9am to 11am
Tuesday - 9am to 11am
Wednesday - 8.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday - 1pm to 3.30pm
Friday - 9am to 11am
Please complete the IBD Consent for patient electronic communications[pdf] 391KB before coming to your appointment.

If you have an urgent query out of hours, contact NHS 111, or in an emergency come to the emergency department.

IBD Clinical Nurse Specialists

Call 01245 514705 or email mie-tr.IBD-advice@nhs.net

If you have a question about medication changes/run out or have started treatment, please contact the team.

You can also request a blood test and stool pot form or medical letters, however, if you need a sick note please contact your GP.

Other IBD specialists

IBD dieticians – call 01245 514385

Stoma care nurses – call 01245 514465

Colorectal clinical nurse specialists - call 01245 514465

Research nurses – call 01245 516458 or 01245 516921

Day therapies (C452) – call 01245 515009

Endoscopy (A101) – call 01245 514280

Patient information

For general information visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.

Emotional support can be requested at  helpline@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk or by calling 0300 222 5700.

Mid Essex Crohn’s & Colitis UK Group hold medical meetings twice a year. For more information visit www.groups.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk email Me@groups.crohnsandcoltis.org.uk.

IBD Passport visit www.ibdpassport.com for evidence-based travel advice for people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group visit www.iasupport.org or call 0800 0184 724.

Colostomy Association (CA) visit www.colostomyassociation.org.uk or call 0800 328 4257.

Research trials

We are currently not recruiting for any studies, but if you would like to take part in the following trials when recruitment re-opens, please get in touch.

The IBD Bioresource Study – find out more at https://www.ibdbioresource.nihr.ac.uk

IBD Boost - find out more at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/ibd-boost

Alternatively, for more general information about studies, please contact the research team on 01245 515136.

Southend Hospital - Gastroenterology services

We provide a variety of endoscopic procedures (where the inside of your body is examined internally using an endoscope; a thin, long, flexible tube that contains a light source and a video camera). These include:

Gastroscopy - examination of the oesophagus, stomach and small bowel
Colonoscopy - examination of the large colon
Flexible sigmoidoscopy - examination of the rectum and lower bowel
ERCP - a combination of endoscopy with x-rays to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the bile ducts and nearby structures
Capsule endoscopy - examination by tiny camera which travels through the system

Gastroenterology

Disorders affecting the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, including liver diseases. Diagnosis is usually via an endoscope,and our services include an infectious diseases clinic, general gastroenterology clinics, liver clinics, nurse-led clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, plus coeliac disease clinics. We also offer a 24-hour emergency endoscopy service.

Contact us

Endoscopy reception: 01702 385096