Welcome to the Gastroenterology Department
The Gastroenterology department is a forward thinking unit, committed to team working for the benefit of patients.
About this service:
- Comprehensive general Gastroenterology service. We offer a full range of benign gastroenterology services, including benign and malignant upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders and liver diseases, and specialist management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
- Consultant delivered endoscopy services with provision of advanced therapeutic endoscopy. All methods of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy are provided, including Endoscopic Ultrasound and ECRP essential for the network cancer services for GI malignancy. Both Dr Tibbs and Dr Gallagher teach on the National Endoscopy Training centre at St George’s Hospital. Dr Tibbs provides specialist expertise in biliary endoscopy including Endoscopic Ultrasound, and Dr Gallagher is an accredited Screening Colonoscopist for the national Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
- Weekly specialist Hepatology clinic incorporating the West Surrey Viral Hepatitis service. The Royal Surrey Hepatology clinic runs in parallel to the surgical liver clinic providing seamless care for patients with hepatobiliary malignancy. Expertise is available for the management of complex chronic liver diseases including Viral Hepatitis and pre and post transplant care. Outcomes for this service are amongst the best in the UK.
The nurse specialist provides information, advice and support to you and your family on any aspect of your condition and should be your first point of contact.
The nurse is able to discuss your disease and treatment options, medications, diet and lifestyle issues and point you in the direction of any other areas where support may be needed.
The nurse provides a telephone advice service and the aim of this is to provide rapid access to advice should you begin to feel unwell or have signs of a ‘flare’.
The IBD nurse can assess you, give advice over the phone and as appropriate make an appointment for you to be seen in the outpatient department if necessary. This is an answer phone service as the IBD nurse also runs clinics and has other duties within the hospital but all attempts will be made to return your call as soon as possible. The answer phone does inform you of the nurse’s availability and gives alternative contacts if she is not available.
If you believe your enquiry is urgent then please do not leave a message, alternative advice via your GP or local accident and emergency should be sought as it may be more than 24 hours before your call is returned.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital IBD Patient Panel
The group meets regularly to discuss topics of care within the hospital. This is a forum for patients who use the services within the hospital to provide the team with feedback and suggestions for improvements. The group currently meets every three months.
If you feel that you would like to contribute to the Patient Panel by either attending the meetings, or by highlighting a particular area you would like to see the panel address, please do not hesitate to contact the IBD Nurse Specialist on 01483 571122 ext 2423.
Frensham ward is our gastro-intestinal ward.
Millbridge ward is our diabetes/Gastroenterology ward.
Dr Christopher Tibbs
Dr Michelle Gallagher
Dr Charmian Banks
Professor Aftab Ala
Dr Kalliopi Alexandropoulou
Specialist Nurse (Viral Hepatitis)
Specialist Nurse (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
The team receives excellent support from dedicated GI Radiologists the Hospital nutrition team and the GI surgical services.