Colorectal Cancer
About Us


Colorectal cancer is also referred to as bowel cancer. Our specialist team is a well-established group of experts who ensure people diagnosed with colorectal cancer receive up to date holistic care.

The team comprises doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who manage the treatment of colorectal cancers. 

Our services

We offer a comprehensive range of surgery including laparoscopic and open procedures.

Chemotherapy is provided at the Lilac Centre, St Helens Hospital and radiotherapy is given at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Patients following colorectal cancer treatment are followed up through the colorectal cancer surveillance programme.

Hours of  service

The team can be contacted Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, except for bank holidays where they can be contacted the next working day.  

There is a 24 hour answering service on the colorectal nurses' telephone numbers.  Calls will always be returned within 24 hours of the message being left.

Referrals from healthcare professionals

Please click here to access the referral form for 2 week rule appointment for Colorectal patients.

Palliative or metastatic inpatients would be referred to the palliative care team, or if being discharged home, referred to the community Macmillan nurses – see important contact details for numbers.

The team

The colorectal team have developed a Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) consisting of the following 'core' group members. Meetings are held on a weekly basis on a Monday at 12.30 pm.

The core group members consist of:

 Colorectal SurgeonsMr Samad (Lead Clinician)
Mr Scott
Mr Rajaganeshan
Mr Chadwick
 Medical OncologistDr Khan 
 Clinical OncologistDr Whitmarsh 
 Consultant Histopathologist Dr Carol Ross 
 Consultant RadiologistDr E Bakir 
 Colorectal Clinical Nurse SpecialistAngela Fitzgerald Smith
Helen Carroll
 MDT Co-ordinatorRebecca Hesketh 

​Extended Members are as follows:-

Stoma Care NurseMrs O'Reilly
Physician GastroenterologistDr Bassi
Palliative Care TeamJan Lawton
Clinical Trials Research PractitionerMiss Cassidy

Oncology Nurse Specialist


Mrs Rhall
Mrs Jago
DieticianMrs Whittingham
Thoracic SurgeonMr Asante-Siaw, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
Liver SurgeonMr Fenwick, Aintree Hospital


Radiologist (competent in lower intestinal stenting)


Dr Bassi (Gastroenterologist)

Dr Massey

GeneticistMerseyside and Cheshire Clinical Genetics Service
Specialist Screening PractitionerDr O'Toole, Royal Liverpool Hospital
Clinical PsychologistDr Hunt
Access to social workerExtension 1668 for inpatients
St Helens Access Team 01744 646600
Knowsley Access Team 0151 443 2600
Access to Health Improvement TeamSt Helens 0300 300 0103
Knowsley 0151 443 4900


Clinics are held throughout the week at both hospitals.

Monday amMonday pmWednesday amThursday amThursday pmFriday amFriday pm
Mr Chadwick, Whiston

Mr Chadwick,

St Helens

Mr Samad,

St Helens

Mr Scott,

St Helens

Mr Samad,

St Helens

Mr Rajaganeshan, St Helens

Family screening clinic

(once per month), Helen Carroll,

St Helens




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Senior Team Members

Colorectal Surgeons

Mr Samad (Lead Clinician)
Mr Scott
Mr Rajaganeshan
Mr Chadwick

Lead Colorectal Nurse Specialist 

Angela Fitzgerald-Smith

Medical Oncologist
Dr Khan

​Clinical Oncologist

Dr Whitmarsh​

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​Services are provided across both St Helens and Whiston hospitals

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Contact Us


Mr Ajai Samad , Lead ClinicianT: 0151 430 1235

Lead Colorectal Nurse Specialist:-

 Angela Fitzgerald Smith

 Helen Carroll

T: 0151 676 5252


T: 0151 430 1269



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Latest Update

Patient Information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Colorectal Cancer Team has a huge commitment to the ongoing care of all patients during this difficult time. We are aware that these are worrying times for everyone, but even more so for patients who have been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment for cancer.  Furthermore, we are also conscious of the people who are concerned that they may have Colorectal Cancer and are waiting for an appointment which may be rearranged or delayed.

Reassurance for Colorectal Cancer patients currently on treatment or requiring treatment in the future :

Surgeons, Medical Oncologists and Clinical Oncologists have worked together to come up with guidance about treatment at this time. Factors taken into consideration are;

1) Nature and type of your particular cancer

2) Risk and harm of COVID19 during that treatment

3) Risk/Benefit of using alternative treatment strategies

You can be reassured that you will be closely monitored at all times if your treatment regime is changed.

For those cancer patients on follow up, your appointments and investigations may be rearranged to a later date, but please do not think that you have been forgotten.

Symptomatic patients waiting for an appointment:

There are 2 possible reasons why your appointment may be rearranged, cancelled or converted to a telephone consultation.

1) The risk of COVID is a greater risk to you and the clinicians who triage your referral/case are happy that you will come to no harm by waiting.

2) Patients are being seen in order of clinical need. Those requiring urgent treatment/assessment will be seen as a priority.

We do appreciate that you are likely to be anxious at this time.  However, please do not hesitate to contact your Cancer Nurse Specialist directly. Below is a reminder of the contact numbers:

Angela Fitzgerald-Smith – 0151-676-5252

Helen Carroll – 0151-430-1269

Gina Cave – 0151-290-4670

You can find more information on our cancer services web page.

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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