Welcome to the Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
We investigate and manage children with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
Failure to gain weight/growth
Irritable bowel syndrome
Short bowel syndrome
Preparation and follow up of liver transplantation
Small bowel transplantation
We are a multidisciplinary team currently comprising:
Four consultants and training grade doctors
Three SpRs (including a national grid trainee in gastroenterology)
Five clinical nurse specialists (CNS) gastroenterology, all with different skill mixes, three secretaries, two senior dieticians.
We provide services for children admitted to hospital (gastroenterology inpatient ward E3, daycase wards (K1, D2), and we treat children at the request of colleagues in other disciplines and in multidisciplinary outpatient clinics.
According to referral pathways, and at the discretion of the gastroenterology consultants, groups of patients are reviewed in specialised multidisciplinary clinics for:
and transitional clinics for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, liver and pancreatic disease.
Investigations and procedures performed by our department are:
Endoscopy (oesophago-gastroduodenoscopy (OGD) and colonoscopy)
Insertion of gastrostomy (percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) and button)
Helicobacter pylori test
Hydrogen breath test
Intravenous nutrition support at home
We work with a wide range of specialised paediatric services within our hospital, regionally and nationally.
Information for parents:
To assess your child’s needs promptly and efficiently we require referrals to be made by your General Practitioner (GP) using established referral pathways, providing us with detailed information of current problems and past medical history. Inter-consultant referrals are also possible.
Contacts for parents:
Please contact your GP or paediatrician who will decide the urgency of referral for your child. We will send letters to you with respective contact information.
We provide special nurse-led telephone access clinics for certain groups of children with chronic problems.
Contacts for health professionals:
Please use existing communication links. You may contact the on-service consultant secretary via the hospital switchboard.
Our department is active in clinical and experimental research. We are engaged in local and national ethically approved clinical research studies in the following areas:
Inflammatory bowel disease
Neither you nor your child are obliged to participate in research and our priority is to offer the best available treatment for every child.
Current job availability: Senior dietician
Application forms and job descriptions can be obtained from NHS Careers.
Opportunities for additional fixed-term posts (LAS, locum posts according to job specificatation) may occur at short notice. Please contact us if you want to be considered.
Applications of oversea applicants (Europe and worldwide) are welcomed and support is being offered to evaluate job qualifications.
Voluntary and charitable funding:
If you would like to donate to a charitable fund to support services for children provided by the department, for a disease support group, or for the hospital, please indicate your preference and contact us if you need further assistance.
Education and training:
Our team ethos is to provide training opportunities for all existing job specifications. This includes excellent training opportunities for doctors, dieticians, clinical nurse specialists and secretaries.
Self support groups:
(website in preparation)
Last update: M Auth, 1 May 2009