Consultants specialising in bowel care hosted an informative event for local people with bowel related health issues last week at the George Eliot Hospital.
Specialist consultants talked about the quality of care and services provided at the George Eliot and provided plenty of opportunities for local people to ask questions. The presentations also recommended a few lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet, to help prevent bowel diseases.
The multi disciplinary George Eliot Hospital team leading on bowel related care provide a wide variety of services to local people including specialist diagnostic services, including Endoscopy, surgery for a wide variety of issues and outpatient services. The team includes four specialist surgeons supported by specialist nurses, radiologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists, dieticians, palliative care specialists and many other experts.
The team want to share a few top tips to help prevent bowel related illnesses and cancers in the future.
- Drink plenty of water – avoid alcohol
- Exercise – it helps to stimulate intestinal activity
- Ensure diet includes plenty of fibre – 40g a day is recommended but added to your diet gradually
- Choose fruit and vegetables over unhealthy fatty foods – half your meal should contain healthy foods
- Don’t smoke – this can increase your risk of bowel cancer
- Eat lean meats and fish – reduce intake of red and processed meats
- Get screened early – screening can save lives
- Visit your GP if you have any new bowel related concerns – particularly if symptoms persist for more than 8 weeks
George Eliot Hospital Fundraising Co-ordinator, Jean Whittaker MBE said “Attendees said that they found the session, informative, helpful, interesting and well worth attending.
“Feedback from the event said that the consultants explained issues clearly and the talks gave a good insight into bowel related health issues, the importance of screening and lifestyle tips”
If anyone has a suggestion for a future healthcare awareness event please contact George Eliot Hospital Fund raising Co-ordinator, Jean Whittaker MBE on 02476 86 5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowel care specialist services at the George Eliot Hospital support a large variety of issues including all colorectal problems, related cancers, conditions like piles, fissures, pelvic floor disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.
About 70% of all major surgery for bowel related illnesses is now key hole which means patients have less pain, a faster recovery and spend less time in hospital. The team also provide 24/7 consultant led emergency bowel surgery.
Consultants run a wide variety of specialist clinics including family screening clinics. They have a good academic background, participate in national audits and clinical trials. Last year the Joint Advisory Group for Endoscopy awarded the Endoscopy team full accreditation.
Specialist nurses and a colorectal nurse practitioner are also on hand to run nurse led clinics, provide advice and offer pre operative and post operative support. They manage the patient journey from first clinic to discharge and ongoing support.