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Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology at Alder HeyThe Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition department investigates and looks after children with a variety of conditions including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel polyps
  • Cholestasis (jaundice)
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Constipation
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Failure to gain weight/growth
  • Feeding problems
  • Food allergy
  • Gastritis
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Gastro-intestinal bleeding
  • Hepatitis
  • Intravenous nutrition
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Oesophagitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • 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)
  • Two SHOs/STs
  • One F1
  • 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:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Coeliac disease
  • Polyposis
  • Endocrinology
  • Surgery

We also have 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)
  • Dilatation
  • Polyp removal
  • Insertion of gastrostomy (percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) and button)
  • Liver biopsy
  • Imaging
  • Helicobacter pylori test
  • Hydrogen breath test
  • Manometry
  • Intravenous nutrition support at home
  • Oesophageal pH
  • Impedance monitoring

We work with a wide range of specialised paediatric services within our hospital, regionally and nationally.

Your comments and experiences

  • we could not have asked for better treatment my daughter has received under the care of Professor Steve Allen ! He and his team have been amazing finding a diagnosis for our daughter who has severe gastric reflux and very low iron ! they have enlisted her to take part in a new trial for a drug that will cure her symptoms .

  • I would just like to say a huge thank you to Sharon Irving (TPN Nurse Specialist).
    She has been involved in my sons care since he was on the Neo and he is now 3 and a half.
    She always goes out of her way to help and is very professional and excellent in what she does!

    Having a child at home on TPN can be very stressful but knowing we have Sharon on our team is so reassuring.

    I don’t think I would have managed the last 3 years without her!! Thank you Sharon! Xxx

  • My granddaughter, Hope, has just been admitted after being poorly for over 8 weeks, we are hoping and praying that she is cured quickly.

  • My 6 year old Granddaughter, Lucy May, has been suffering excruciating abdominal pain now for 7 weeks which we have had to watch. Finally on Monday 9th June 14 Lucy May was flown to Alder Hey. The treatment Lucy May is receiving and the dedication of the team of Doctors in trying to find the cause is overwhelming.

    As a family we are so grateful that Lucy May is in the hands of the team at Adler Hey. My Daughter was in despair and is now seeing a possible end to her daughter suffering. The Doctors listen to the parents and along with their vast experience have the necessary information to act precisely.

    The statement from one Doctor to my Daughter, Helen, was on the lines of “Lucy May will not be sent home in pain”……that says it all really. THANKS, you have given us hope.

  • My six year old daughter spent two weeks on ward E3. I have nothing but praise for the team on the ward. Knowing what a stressful time it can be for parents, their professionalism and reassuring advice made life so much easier. My daughter was made to feel so special and all the staff took time to talk directly to her about her condition so she could understand what it meant. We still come as out-patients and always receive a warm welcome from staff in all departments we visit. We can never thank Alder Hey enough for their continued help and support.

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