The Colorectal Department offers patients a full range of services for management of colorectal disorders. There are three Consultant Colorectal Surgeons, two specialist colorectal cancer nurses and two dedicated stoma nurses.
The department carries out assessments for patients with symptoms suspicious of colorectal and anal cancers. Patients who are diagnosed with a cancer are offered the full range of surgical treatment which includes both open and keyhole surgery. All three consultants carry out cancer surgery.
There are 2 specialist nurses who not only support the cancer patients by facilitating the investigations and treatment, but are also contactable in the follow up period and run follow up clinics.
We have close links with the Royal Marsden Hospital and all patients needing radiotherapy or chemotherapy are referred to the Oncology team there. The team has two dedicated stoma nurses who offer support to patients who need to have a stoma (bag on the abdominal wall to collect faeces).
The Ron Johnson Ward provides management of HIV patients and offers specialist treatment for patients with HIV-related perianal diseases including anal cancers and precancerous conditions. Professor Allen-Mersh has a special interest in this field and is renowned for his clinical and research work in this area.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has the largest anal cancer practice in the UK, and offers the full range of management including anoscopic surveillance, specialist multidisciplinary surgery, and chemoradiotherapy (in conjunction with Royal Marsden Hospital).
Professor Tekkis has a special interest in management of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. All surgical procedures for this condition are carried out, including pouch surgery.
There is a specialist clinic for assessment of pelvic floor disorders and faecal incontinence. There are facilities to carry out specialist investigations such as anal ultrasound and physiology studies in the clinic and the whole range of treatment including surgery, biofeedback and sacral neuromodulation (implantation of a stimulator to treat incontinence) is available to our patients.
Common benign colorectal problems like haemorrhoids, anal fistulae, fissures, anal warts are treated, most often as day case procedures.
A multi-disciplinary approach is adopted for management for all colorectal patients and we work closely with the Gastroenterologists, Physicians, Radiologists and the Intensive Care team to give our patients the best possible treatment.