The Upper GI surgical unit at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is internationally recognised for research and clinical outcomes in treating benign and cancerous diseases of the Oesophagus, Stomach, Liver, Gall Bladder, Common Bile Duct and Pancreas. The unit provides a patient-centred multidisciplinary approach utilising the most recent evidence in medicine, innovative technology and progressive treatment options for complex Upper Gastrointestinal Disease. Using the superior diagnostic and treatment modalities, our highly specialised surgical team led by seven consultants provides patients with a thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis and optimum treatment plan tailored to their requirements with an integrated team approach. We have also pioneered laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery and the majority of the surgeries performed in our unit are by laparoscopic approach.
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Upper GI division has pioneered laparoscopic and other minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease, Barrett’s oesophagus, Hiatus Hernia, Oesophageal Strictures, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Gall Stones, Common Bile Duct Stones, Bile Duct Strictures and Pancreatitis. We also provide multidisciplinary management of cancers arising from the Oesophagus, Stomach, Liver, Gall Bladder, Liver and Pancreas.
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Upper GI Division also happens to be a Tier 3 & Tier 4 tertiary referral centre for bariatric surgery in the East of England. We have one of the highest volumes and best outcomes of obesity surgery led by a team of specialised and skilful surgeons with support from bariatric anaesthetists, physicians, nutritionists and psychologists.
Some of the conditions treated at our unit are:
Gall bladder and Common Bile Duct
Stomach and Oesophagus
Referrals can be made via E-RS or by letter directly addressed to:
Out Patients Booking Dept Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ
Procedures undertaken in our Unit include the following:
Clinic Name: Upper GI surgery
Clinic Type: Adult
Mr. Jain – Wednesday AM (alternate)
Mr. Whitelaw – Thursday PM
Mr. Jambulingam – Monday PM (alternate)
Mr.Al-Taan – Tuesday PM
Mr. Rashid – Wednesday AM (alternate), Monday PM (alternate)
Mr. Jambulingam /Mr. Rashid – Monday PM oncology clinic
Oncology Specialist Nurses: Wendy Shearsmith – Monday PM
Links to tertiary centres:
Established links with Watford Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital London
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.