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2469 Meet the IBD Team

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Welcome to Level 8, Hutchings Ward, which is the hospital base for the Torbay Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team. This video is designed to introduce you to the IBD Service at Torbay and the support we will provide to you. We are fortunate to have a team of specialists who are very experienced in caring for people like you with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The team is heavily involved in developing and supporting the National IBD Standards for Patients and we participate in the National IBD Audit. Alongside, we work closely with the local patient group and patient panel. The IBD team is made up of consultant gastroenterologists, surgeons, and specialist nurses supported by the team co-ordinator and the level 8 IBD team. Dr Cathryn Edwards leads the IBD service and with Drs Johnston, Feeney and Desmond provides the main IBD clinics. Sister Rae Beeney leads the level 8 based team, and Sister Anita Coulson is the IBD specialist nurse who runs her own Clinics. Mrs Jo Biliard is a Nurse Counsulant who runs the specialist pouch clinic with Dr Edwards. Mr Defriend and Mr Pullan are the Senior Surgeons supporting IBD Surgery in the hospital. Doctors in training support the clinics as part of the wider IBD team.  The nationally accredited endoscopy unit in the hospital is an extended part of our team, and is based in the Hetherington Building across from the main entrance to the hospital. If you are new to our clinic, there are few things it is useful to know in advance: You are always welcome to bring a family member or friend to clinic with you. We also run a buddy scheme for patients who are new to their diagnosis where we can introduce you to someone else with IBD.  To help you understand your condition, we have education packs and links to a variety of websites. Alongside, and during your first few clinic visits, we will be working with you to ensure you understand your disease and are comfortable with your treatment plan. When you arrive for an appointment you will be greeted at reception and asked to take a seat in the open plan seating area. Please expect to be weighed and measured – this is standard for all our clinics, and sometimes you may have bloods taken or an Xray, if you doctor has requested it. You may be asked to complete some information forms.  We believe that it is important that everyone gets the time they need with their specialist – sometimes this means that clinics will run over. On occasions, planned appointments may have to be delayed whilst our specialists see emergency patients. Your first appointment may be to arrange an investigation or to discuss the results of your recent test. Normally we do not perform endoscopic tests in the IBD clinic; these are done in the endoscopy unit at a separate appointment. If you already have a diagnosis of IBD, your appointment is usually for a review of your symptoms, and monitoring of your therapy, but most of all, to address your concerns.  As part of your regular assessment we will often ask you to provide stool as well as blood samples. And, if you have come for a treatment, our nursing team will firstly assess you and then administer your infusion. We find that most of our IBD patients become expert in their own condition and have positive partnerships and interactions with the team. We try to be as responsive as possible to patient requests for a review and we welcome your feedback.  If you have any questions, at any time, you can contact the IBD Team via the IBD hotline service or via your consultant’s secretary.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 41 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: richardwh on Jul 31, 2015

2469 Meet the IBD Team

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