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Local IBD services

IBD nurse specialists

The nurse specialists provide information, advice and support on any aspect of inflammatory bowel disease. Some specific aspects of the service are: 

  • Disease and treatment options
  • Drug treatments
  • Surgical options
  • IBD during pregnancy
  • Advice during a flare-up of IBD
  • Diet and lifestyle issues
  • Monitoring of patients receiving medications such as Azathioprine


IBD clinics

The IBD clinic takes place on various days throughout the trust.

The clinic includes:

  • Appointments with named IBD consultants
  • IBD Nurse appointments for education and support


The IBD MDT (multidisciplinary team) meeting is attended by a group of experts in the field of IBD to improve coherence and continuity of care. The meeting is attended by Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Radiologists, Histopathologists and the IBD Nurses. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss any patient we are concerned about and these are usually those with complex problems, but we can discuss any patients if we feel it is necessary.


Endoscopy is a procedure that involves looking inside the body with an Endoscope - this is a fine tube with a camera at the end and a channel inside where tools can be passed to take biopsies or stretch a narrowed area for example. Most people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease will need an endoscopy at some time. The ones you are most likely to need are either Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy or Gastroscopy.


Sigmoidoscopy looks at the rectum and left hand side of the large bowel (the sigmoid colon). You may need an enema just before the procedure to empty this area.


Colonoscopy looks at the rectum, the whole of the large bowel (sigmoid, transverse and ascending colon) and also the terminal ileum (end of the small bowel) in most cases. You will need to take some medicine the day before the procedure to clean out the bowel. Colonoscopies are usually carried out under sedation.


Gastroscopy looks at the oesophagus, stomach and part of the duodenum. You will be given a choice of whether or not to have sedation or a local anaesthetic throat spray.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital