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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gastroenterology (Liver, Stomach and Bowel)

Gastroenterology offers a wide range of specialised services:

  • inflammatory bowel diseases
  • liver diseases
  • pancreato-biliary medicine
  • nutritional disorders
  • gastrointestinal cancers
  • advanced endoscopy

We have nine consultants and junior medical staff, supported by three inflammatory bowel disease nurse specialists, three nurse endoscopists, one viral hepatitis nurse specialist, substance misuse nurse and one upper gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary nurse specialist.

Our dedicated Gastroenterology Ward has 36 inpatient beds. Within this bed-base there is a four bed Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeds Unit, providing specialist care to help treat patients experiencing GI Bleeds. These beds are all located on the third floor of Arrowe Park Hospital.

Consultant led gastroenterology outpatients clinics are held each week across Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital and Victoria Central Health Centre. A comprehensive multidisciplinary upper gastrointestinaI/hepatopancreatobiliary cancer service is provided, with close links to regional centres in Liverpool.

The Endoscopy Unit receives over 12,000 referrals per year for diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures. These are carried out by consultant gastroenterologists, Consultant surgeons and nurse endoscopists. The unit provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, such as gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ERCP (endoscopic retrograge cholangiopancreatography), endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), medical thoracoscopy and bronchoscopy.