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Gastro-Intestinal Services

Our Gastro-Intestinal Service includes both colorectal/lower gastro-intestinal (LGI) and upper gastro-intestinal surgery (UGI).

We incorporate a joint medical and surgical approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gastro-intestinal diseases including cancer.

The UGI service is provided by four Consultant surgeons. Specialist areas include:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernia surgery
  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Achalasia surgery
  • Splenic surgery
  • UGI endoscopy

We specialise mainly in the care and support of people with cancer or suspected cancer of the oesophagus and stomach. We work closely with the doctors and nurses on our wards and the outpatient clinics. We are here to support you and those close to you throughout your illness by providing a point of contact for patients and carers from diagnosis onward.

Our LGI service is provided by five Consultant surgeons and one Associate Specialist, who are based at Arrowe Park Hospital (although we do carry out some clinics and surgery at Clatterbridge Hospital). They are supported by two Clinical Nurse Specialists (key workers), one Nurse Consultant, one Advanced Nurse Practitioner and three Stoma Nurses.

We can diagnose and treat a variety of colorectal problems. This includes colorectal cancer (more commonly known as bowel or colon cancer).

The team also work in the Endoscopy Unit and carry out diagnostic scopes of the bowel. Sometimes they will take samples of tissue as part of the procedure in order to diagnose your problem.

This specialty runs clinics for irritable bowel patients and patients suffering from anaemia. They also look after patients recovering from major bowel surgery who may need support with their nutrition post operatively.