Our colorectal service has a ‘target referral’ system and fast-tracks investigations for the management of all suspected colorectal cancer. It also provides specialist surgical treatment for some patients within the North Central London Sector diagnosed with bowel cancer under the NHS bowel cancer screening programme based at UCLH. In addition to conventional surgery, the service also offers minimal access or keyhole surgery for many patients requiring an operation. The state-of-the-art Gastro-intestinal (GI) Physiology Unit also deals with investigation and management of constipation, incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and upper GI functional disorders.
We are also the base for the nutrition service to UCLH, which is integral to tertiary work in intestinal failure and provides the medical input to the Trust’s nutrition support team. A full range of nutritional investigations (including bioelectrical impedance and indirect calorimetry) is offered, together with a comprehensive programme of nutritional support, including Home Parenteral Nutrition.
A specialist adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service exists, with close links to the paediatric services within UCLH and at Great Ormond Street NHS Hospital.
The Colorectal service is linked to floors 9 and 13 of the UCLH Tower.
There are regular multi-disciplinary clinical team meetings which are integrated with the services and together make decisions regarding recommended treatment of patients.