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Gastroenterology

Bedford Hospital

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) consists of two main conditions – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

These are chronic diseases of the intestinal tract, experienced by as many as 4 million people worldwide.

Bedford Hospital has 2 IBD Clinical Nurse Specialists – Sister Mary Hill and Sister Claire Shotbolt who work alongside the gastroenterology consultants.

View our patient information leaflet here.

Research

We participate in specific IBD research projects and you may be approached to participate.

Services provided

  • Telephone advice line 01234 355122, ext 6204 – this is a 24 hour voicemail system, please leave your name, hospital number or date of birth and a contact number so that the nurses can call you back.  Or you can email the IBD nurses’ advice line: ibdnurse@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
  • We have access to the National IBD Registry which is a national project to collect information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Outpatient and telephone follow up clinics
  • New patient counselling
  • Paediatric Transition Clinic held jointly with paediatric consultants and nurses for 14-19 year olds
  • Arranging for patients to commence on biologic therapy following complete screening and counselling, arranging prescriptions, infusions and home care services

Useful Links

Crohn’s and Colitis UK

Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA)

IBD Standards

Staff

DrYasseenAl-Nae’eb Consultant Gastroenterologist
MrDipankarChattopadhyay Consultant Surgeon
DrAnneDay Consultant Hepatology and Gastroenterology
DrJacquelynHarvey Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr RoryHarvey Consultant Physician
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty dealing with diseases of the digestive system.

Our specialist Consultants diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the stomach, duodenum and small and large bowel (colon). The team also includes two Consultant Hepatologists, who specialise in diseases of the liver.

The L&D Gastroenterology team work closely with colleagues in General Surgery in order to provide seamless care for patients with gastrointestinal cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). We also have close links with Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge for patients requiring tertiary care for liver disease.

The Gastroenterology team work closely with the Nutrition and Dietetics department.

You may be interested in viewing our other Gastroenterology pages:

Outpatient appointment

If you are due to have a video consultation, please read the relevant information.

Our Gastroenterology Consultants

Gastroenterology at the L&D is one of our busiest departments and we have a team of highly-experienced Consultants to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment.

 

Staff

Dr Joya Bhattacharyya Chief Clinical Information Officer and Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Meha Bhuva Consultant Hepatologist
DrKiranBundhoo Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrRuiGao Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrAnthonyGriffiths Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrMatthewJohnson Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Cynthia Kanagasundaram Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrPoojaKhanna Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrSambitSen Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr SteveShieh Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrElliotTash Consultant Gastroenterologist
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