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Upper Gastrointestinal

Upper Gastrointestinal

The Upper Gastro Intestinal (UGI) Clinical Nurse Specialists are nurses with training and experience in caring for people with gastrointestinal cancers.  They work as part of a large team of people involved in your care and treatment, including consultants, doctors, nurses, dieticians and other health care professionals.  This is called a Multi- Disciplinary Team, or 'MDT' for short.

Your UGI Clinical Nurse Specialists can work with you in the following ways and will:

* Be a central point of contact

* Provide information about UGI cancer, staging, investigations, surgery and other treatments

* Offer you the time to discuss any worries or concerns

* Give ongoing advice and support to people with a diagnosis of UGI cancer and to the people closest to them

* Assess your needs and help to ensure you get the right care and support

* Refer you to different services as needed

Some people may need to have treatment at other hospitals.  If this is the case, your UGI Clinical Nurse Specialists will provide you with details of who to contact for support at the hospital you attend.

UGI Clinical Nurse Specialists:

Leigh Davison (University Hospital of North Durham) - telephone 0191 333 2610

Their usual office hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  An answerphone service is available and they will return all calls as soon as they can.

'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital