Colorectal surgery

What we do

We provide a specialist colorectal service at both Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, looking after patients with all problems affecting the large bowel (colon), small bowel (intestines) and the rectum and anus (bottom).

We offer six outpatient clinics a week in which we see new and follow up patients. We have recently introduced a ‘straight to test’ protocol for suspected colorectal cancer patients. This involves a nurse-led telephone assessment clinic, following which patients attend for their investigations. This innovative approach reduces patient waiting time, and streamlines the patient’s pathway.

Patients with stomas (‘a bag’) are able to see our stoma therapists in their daily outpatient clinics. Our cancer clinical nurse specialists hold four clinics a week helping patients being treated or followed up for colorectal cancer. 

Conditions we treat include:

At West Middlesex, all forms of colorectal surgery are offered within the department. Mr Smith has a specialist interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis) and offers Ileal Pouch Surgery. All consultant surgeons perform laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for most colorectal disorders. All consultant surgeons also perform the full range of general surgical procedures and manage emergency general surgery and colorectal surgery admissions to the hospital.

Our team

Professor Paris Tekkis is our clinical lead at Chelsea and Westminster and  Mr Jason Smith is the clinical lead at West Middlesex. At Chelsea and Westminster we have four colorectal surgical consultants who look after patients in both emergency and planned (elective) settings and at West Middlesex we have three full time consultant colorectal surgeons, a specialist colorectal nurse and two specialist stoma nurses.

 A specialised pelvic floor dysfunction clinic is provided at Chelsea and Westminster on a weekly basis by one of our consultants Mr Emile Tan, supported by nurse specialists. This is for patients with incontinence, chronic constipation and difficulty opening their bowels. There are a number of operating lists every week in both our main operating theatres and in our treatment centre, where day surgery is carried out. All four consultant surgeons perform at least one endoscopy list per week, in our Diagnostic Centre, on level 2.

Location

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Our outpatient clinics are located on the Lower Ground Floor of the main hospital site. We perform day surgery in the Treatment Centre on the Ground Floor. The main operating theatres are on the 5th Floor, next to the Intensive Care Unit. Endoscopies are performed in the Diagnostic Centre on the 2nd Floor.

West Middlesex University Hospital

The Department of Colorectal Surgery is located in the East Wing of the West Middlesex University Hospital.

Contact

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

T: 020 3315 8354

West Middlesex University Hospital

T: 020 8321 5972
W: www.westmidcolorectal.org.uk

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