Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Last updated: 08 October 2019

D level

The IBD service offers inpatient and outpatient support to people with IBD in Portsmouth and surrounding areas;

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two of the most important diseases in a group of illnesses known collectively as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Although they are different diseases they are difficult to tell apart, and indeed are often treated in a similar manner. When there is definite evidence of chronic inflammation but it is not possible, at least at first, to decide whether it is Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis it is referred to as Indeterminate Colitis and in rare cases may remain ‘indeterminate’ for a considerable length of time.

Crohn’s Disease is characterised by inflammation of one or more areas of the digestive tract, with normal areas of gut between, and can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus but most commonly in the large and small intestine. This inflammation may lead to ulceration, abscesses and strictures in the bowel. Additionally, Oral Crohn’s affecting the mouth and lips are being seen frequently in children. There may also be inflammation of the joints, skin and eyes.

Ulcerative Colitis is characterised by inflammation, causing severe ulceration and bleeding, but it only affects the large intestine. As with Crohn’s Disease there may also be inflammation of the joints, skin and eyes.

Both conditions are chronic (long lasting) and very debilitating. They should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a far less serious unrelated condition.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease can appear at any time and does not discriminate. The severity of the illness varies between individuals; some suffer constantly while others have long periods in remission.

Symptoms can include constant abdominal pain, loss of blood, vomiting, fever, diarrhoea (to the point of incontinence) or constipation, loss of appetite leading to malnutrition, weight loss and severe lethargy.

Treatment is tailored to suit each patient.

At present there is no known cause or cure for IBD (other than removing the whole large bowel in patients with Ulcerative Colitis) but research is producing more effective treatments.

 

Visit the Crohn's & Colitis UK website here: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Referral information

Patients are referred by their GP or Consultant.

Where to find us

Lift area 2 at QA Hospital.

Contact information

Patients to visit Endoscopy department on D level at QA Hospital.

Tel: 02392 286000 ext 5943.

 

Dr Amanda Quine, Clinical Director, via Susan Dimmock, Medical Secretary Ext 6167

Barbara Crean, Matron, Ext 5129

Wendy Fletcher, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ext 5943

Lewis Wilkinson, Business Manager, Ext 3401

 

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