Colorectal services - information for patients
Colorectal surgery deals with problems arising in the lower bowel and anus. If you have a problem relating to your bowel or anus, our expert team will provide the necessary investigations and treatments for your problem in a clean, safe, caring and friendly environment. We deal with a range of bowel and anal problems such as:
- bowel cancer
- polyps in the large and small intestines
- diverticular disease
- inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- constipation and obstructed defaecation
- bowel incontinence
- haemorrhoids (piles)
- prolapse of the bowel
- fistulae – small abnormal channels that develop between the bowel and other organs, or the skin around the anus
- anal fissure (cracks or tears in the skin in or around the anus)
- pilonidal sinus (a recurrent infection in the buttocks)
- all aspects of stoma care
Our team consists of five consultant colorectal surgeons, three senior and two junior surgical trainees from the Northern deanery, two trust-appointed senior surgical fellows, two trust-appointed junior middle-grade doctor, and four foundation-grade junior ward doctors. The team also consists of six colorectal nurse specialists, a colorectal nursing assistant, a functional bowel nurse advisor and two nurse endoscopists, as well as four administrative staff.
We are all dedicated to making sure we give you a quick diagnosis and start any treatment you need straightaway. We offer the latest techniques in bowel surgery such as trans-anal microsurgery (TEMS), laparoscopic (keyhole) and single-port laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). If you require surgery, we provide an environment that you are well-prepared for your operation or procedure, and that you recover from your operation quickly and safely. We are working in close relation with a team of specialist anaesthetists and intensive care specialists according to the latest developments in peri-operative care.
Our clinical performance is regularly audited within national outcome data, and we take part in a number of national and international clinical trials that examine the latest technological and treatment advances for their results.
What can you expect?
Once we receive a referral from your GP, we will see you in either the endoscopy unit or the outpatient department at the University Hospital of Hartlepool or the University Hospital of North Tees (usually whichever is nearer to your home) and plan any tests that you need; we may be able to treat you there and then. We may offer you treatment in our day case units located in both hospitals, but if the problem is more complex, you may need to come to the University Hospital of North Tees for your treatment, where we can provide the required anaesthetic and intensive care support for a safe treatment.
We constantly listen to what our patients tell us about their experience so we can provide a service which is caring and compassionate. We’d encourage you, at any time during your diagnosis and treatment, to talk to us about what’s working well for you and where we can improve. Please talk to the person caring for you or ask to speak to the nurse in charge who will be happy to talk to you.