The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service is a nurse –led service, which offers specialist advice, education/support, treatments and monitoring for patients with an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis.
We aim to support you in all aspects of your diagnosis.
For further information please check our links page for leaflets about IBD and visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section in relation to our Service.
Our service covers
- Support, education and advice to all patients with a new or known diagnosis of IBD. This to include all aspects of IBD management to include diagnosis, medication, nutrition, lifestyle advice, psychological wellbeing, surgical and medical treatment options.
- Medication management, monitoring and education; including a fully comprehensive biologics service
- Liaison with wider members of multidisciplinary team including gastroenterologists, primary care (GP), endoscopy, radiology, dieticians
- Management of an IBD multidisciplinary team meeting to discuss treatment plans
- Urgent relapse advice to include urgent telephone and urgent face-to-face review slots in clinic
- Six IBD nurse led face-to-face outpatient clinics per week over 4 days, for follow up appointments
- An IBD nurse led telephone advice line (please see below)
- An IBD nurse led email support service (please see below)
IBD Advice Line/ Support Service
IBD Telephone Advice Line: 01625 661653
IBD Email Support Service: ecn-tr.MaccIBD@nhs.net
Please note the advice line is not an emergency service. If you require urgent medical advice you must contact your GP surgery, contact NHS 111 or consider attending your local accident and emergency department.
What do I do if I flare in-between appointments?
There are some things that you can do to help manage your flare and you may have discussed some self-management techniques with the IBD team previously.
It’s likely that we may need to complete some tests to include blood tests and a faecal calprotectin stool sample. We would want you to contact us in the event of a flare so we can decide the best course of action. There is an advice line for all patients on 01625 661653. Messages can be left on this answerphone.
Another way of contacting us is via email on ecn-tr.MaccIBD@nhs.net. Please bear in mind that whilst we do try to answer enquiries in a timely manner, the nature of condition means that sometimes we have address the enquiries of the patients with the most pressing needs first.