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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD consists of two main conditions – Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – grouped together because of their similar symptoms.

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

The L&D has two IBD Clinical Nurse Specialists –
Sister Tracey Price RGN BA (hons) Dip.N
Sister Karen Lithgo RGN

Tracey qualified from The Royal Free Hospital in 1985 and then worked in various London hospitals including St Bartholomew’s and St Marks on general medical and surgical wards, gastroenterology wards, intensive care, coronary care and endoscopy units. She started at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital as an endoscopy nurse in 1996 and moved into her current post in 2008.

Karen trained and qualified at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital in 2009 and worked on the Gastroenterology ward before specialising in IBD. She is project nurse for a project helping patients with IBD to manage their own condition (IBD-SSHAMP). L&D is the first UK hospital to use the internet to help patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) manage their condition more effectively and make their own decisions about their lifestyle via an on-line ‘portal’.

Services provided

  • Telephone helpline and Email helpline.
  • Patient and family support and teaching patients and carers about IBD.
  • New patient counselling.
  • Teaching how to self manage IBD and organise self management plans.
  • Immunosuppressant blood monitoring.
  • DEXA scan monitoring.
  • Organising IBD patient education evenings.
  • Organising the IBD patient focus group.
  • Teaching about IBD to nurses, junior doctors and GPs

Symptoms of IBD
The most common symptoms of IBD include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Skin and eye irritations
  • Diarrhoea

Follow these links for our leaflets on Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD 5-ASA Drugs Information Sheet
IBD Steroid Information

Useful Links
Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CIRCA)
IBD Standards
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) – the American Support group for patients with IBD
European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA)

Staff

Consultant Gastroenterologist
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Consultant Gastroenterologist
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