Gastroenterology & Liver Medicine (Hepatology)
The Department of Gastroenterology and North Bristol Liver Unit (NBLU) are based in Southmead Hospital. We treat a wide range of conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
The department consists of ten consultants with complementary interests, including:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- GI bleeding of obscure origin
- Hepatobiliary medicine including biliary manometry and endoscopic ultrasound
- Hepatology including liver transplantation (via links with King's College Hospital) care
- Short bowel
- Bowel cancer screening
Referrals from other hospitals are received for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), small bowel endoscopy and complex portal hypertension.
The work is supported by nurse specialists in IBD and hepatology, alcohol specialists, specialist pharmacists and specialist dietitians.
Day unit facilities exist for the administration of biologic medications, intravenous iron and paracentesis.
The specialist inpatient work is located in ward 8A, a mixed ward with close multi-disciplinary team working.
There is a regular clinical audit and governance programme and we have an active clinical research portfolio.