Our Services A - Z - Gastroenterology
About the service
Gastroenterology is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system, including the stomach, bowels, liver, gall bladder and related organs.
The Gastroenterology Department provides a comprehensive investigation and management service for suspected and established gastrointestinal disease. Our patient services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The diseases dealt with through this service range across the whole of gastroenterology.
Providing informative resources to patients and their loved ones wishing to enhance their understanding of various digestive diseases and/or procedures is a priority. Therefore, information leaflets are available for many of the conditions seen in the department and we encourage patients to ask questions in order to understand their treatment fully.
- About the Team
Consultant ProfilesDr. David McClements
Dr. John McLindon
Dr. Julie Dobson
Dr. Katie Clark
Dr. Rajiv Chandy
Dr. Sue Priestley
Dr. Vanessa Theis
Dr. Mark Fox
Dr Ash Bassi
IBD nurse specialists
Liver nurse specialists
Upper GI nurse specialists
Nutritional nurse specialist
Advanced clinical nurse practitioners
Management and Administration
Adam Ralph – Directorate manager
Lyn Swift – Matron
Kerry Gilbert – Assistant Directorate manager
Lisa Smith – Unit manager
Jackie Jenkinson – Booking team manager
Clinical support workers
Jane Holt (UGI)
Samantha Tynan (IBD)
Sarah DixonNiFaolain (Liver)
Inpatient care is provided on ward 3D which is a 33 bedded general Gastroenterology ward at Whiston Hospital. Daily consultant ward rounds take place, including at weekends. Gastroenterology services also include Endoscopy and GI Physiology.
Important information for General Gastroenterology clinics
These are held daily either at Whiston or St Helens hospital, including one clinic on a weekly basis at Newton Hospital. These clinics are consultant-led and we are happy to see patients with all gastroenterological problems.
We do also have dedicated 2WW clinics where our two week urgent referral patients can be seen.
Which clinicians will be in the clinic?
To allow increased flexibility and accessibility, all clinics are consultant led by one or more gastroenterologist and patients will be seen by a consultant, junior doctor or nurse clinician.
What to bring with you to clinic?
It is extremely useful to bring a list of any medications you may be taking to your clinic appointment. If you are a new patient to the clinic you will be asked to give a urine sample when you arrive.
- Information Leaflets
Title - Flexible SigmoidoscopyDescription - You have been advised by your GP or hospital doctor to have an investigation known as a flexible sigmoidoscopy. This procedure requires your formal consent and this booklet has been written to enable you to make an informed decision in relation to agreeing to the investigation.
Title - Pancreatic cyst (IPMN)Description - Pancreatic cysts are fluid or mucous filled sacs that develop in or around the pancreas gland. Most small pancreatic cysts do not require any treatment other than surveillance with scans and blood tests. These cysts are not cancerous, however a very small percentage of them do change and grow and then require further investigation. These cysts are usually identified incidentally and picked up when scans are done for another reason. There are more of these being picked up as the quality of scans improve. They do not usually cause any symptoms.
Title - Transnasal GastroscopyDescription - You have been advised to have an investigation known as a transnasal gastroscopy (TNG). This procedure requires your formal consent and this booklet has been written to enable you to make an informed decision in relation to agreeing to the investigation. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify the department as soon as possible and they will be able to arrange another date for you.
- Useful Links
At the following websites, patient information is available for a variety of digestive and liver diseases.
CORE is the working name of the Digestive Diseases Foundation. Through their charitable work they fund research and clinical developments into a number of digestive diseases.
Crohn's and Colitis UK
This charity is involved in the research and development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Coeliac UK is involved with patients who have coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis.
The British Liver Trust
The British Liver Trust is the national charity for adult liver disease. This web site is designed to inform, support and advise people who are concerned about or living with liver disease, to enable them to make informed decisions about their lives.
The Haemochromatosis Society
This charity aims to help, support and provide information for those affected by Haemochromatosis (Iron Overload Disorder).
Page last updated on 31st May 2022