Gastroenterology (including hepatology)

The gastroenterology and hepatology department aim to provide a comprehensive service for patients with gastroenterological problems whilst being fully committed to developing, teaching, training and research at all levels.

COVID-19 information

Outpatient clinics at Chelsea and West Mid

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinics are either by telephone consultation or face to face appointments. Your outpatient letter should clearly state whether you are expected to attend for your appointment of whether it will be by telephone. If you are unsure please ring our outpatient department to check. 

Endoscopy 

COVID-related information for patients

The gastroenterology and hepatology department aim to provide a comprehensive service for patients with gastroenterological problems whilst being fully committed to developing, teaching, training and research at all levels. There are inpatient beds, outpatient clinics and endoscopic units on both the Chelsea and Westminster (C&W) and West Middlesex University Hospital (WMUH) sites.

The hospital sees a high number of patients with upper gastrointestinal and hepatico-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) cancers because of the established close clinical links with the Royal Marsden Hospital (RM). The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is represented on RM partner’s tumour group. There are weekly upper GI/HPB and lower GI cancer multidisciplinary meetings conducted jointly with the Royal Marsden Hospital GI oncology unit. 

The gastroenterology and hepatology clinical practice is diverse and varied. In addition to the requirements of the local population, a gastroenterological service is provided both to the Royal Brompton and the Royal Marsden Hospitals. Several of the physicians and surgeons have joint contracts at Chelsea and Westminster and these hospitals. Many requests for complex interventional endoscopy and radiology are generated from these institutions. 

The unit provides an emergency out-of-hours gastroenterology and endoscopy service for acute GI bleeding not only to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals but also to the Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospitals.

State of the art endoscopy facilities are situated in JAG accredited endoscopy units at both sites with 4 rooms (including a dedicated screening room) at the Chelsea and Westminster site and 3 rooms at the West Middlesex site. Bowel cancer screening is currently undertaken at the West Middlesex site. Paediatric gastroenterology department currently have their own separate endoscopic facilities.

Acute admissions are managed through the acute gastroenterology and hepatology wards on both sites. 

Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust has all of the support services required for managing patients with gastroenterology and hepatology diseases:

  • A comprehensive radiological service including interventional radiology (24 hours based at C&W) and state of art cross-sectional imaging
  • State of the art critical care facilities
  • Upper GI and lower GI cancer MDTs with core input from the Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Histopathology is provided by Imperial College Healthcare
  • JAG accredited endoscopy facilities at both sites where the full range of endoscopic services is offered (including gastroscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, ERCP and EUS)
  • Clinical nutrition team with dietetic service/clinics

Clinical Gastroenterology Research: the department is research active participating in a large number of portfolio studies with links to the CLRN (with Co-leads for both Gastroenterology and Hepatology CRN (North West London). 

What we do

Gastroenterologists prevent, diagnose and treat conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, comprising the oesophagus, stomach, small intestines and bowel, the pancreas and liver. Our departments are committed to providing the highest quality of care to the local community and to patients referred from other regions

The most common conditions we see and treat include dyspepsia, peptic ulcer disease, gastro-intestinal malignancy/cancer, coeliac disease, liver disease, gall bladder disease, pancreatic disease, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), chronic diarrhoea and HIV disease. We also treat cystic fibrosis and food allergies.

In addition to providing general gastrointestinal and liver service on both sites, there are specialist inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and HPB clinics as well. Endoscopy units on both sites provide gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. In addition Chelsea and Westminster performs interventional (highly specialised) procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP.

Our team

The gastroenterology and hepatology department aim to provide a comprehensive service for patients with gastroenterological problems. There are currently 12 Consultant Gastroenterologists and 4 Consultant Hepatologists, Specialist Registrars, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Pharmacists and administration team.

Consultant team:

  • Dr Dan Abeles, Hepatology
  • Dr Richard Appleby, IBD and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Martin Benson, Interventional Endoscopy
  • Dr Iain Beveridge, Assistant Medical Director and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Georgina Chadwick, IBD, General Gastroenterology, Service Director (WMUH)
  • Dr Carole Collins, Hepatology and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Matthew Foxton, Lead for Hepatology, Honorary Consultant at Kings College Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Prof Brian Gazzard, HIV and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Marcus Harbord, IBD and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Philip Hendy, IBD and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Emma Johnston, IBD and General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Neerav Joshi, IBD and General Gastroenterology, Lead for Endoscopy (CW)
  • Dr Moe Kyaw, General Gastroenterology
  • Dr Sam Pannick, IBD, General Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Dr Kinesh Patel, Nutrition and General Gastroenterology, Honorary Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Dr Krishna Sundaram, General Gastroenterology, Lead for Endoscopy WMUH)
  • Dr Suman Verma, Hepatology, Honorary Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Dr Mahmood Wahed, IBD, General Gastroenterology, Service Director (CW)
  • Dr Gavin Whitehouse, Hepatology

Other team members:

Endoscopy

  • Lilian Anya, Endoscopy Matron (CW)
  • Shiela Tana, Endoscopy Lead Nurse (WMH)

IBD Specialist Nurses:

  • Bridgette Fraser (CW)
  • Catarina Martins (CW)
  • Fomba Kallon (WMH)

Hepatology Specialist Nurses: 

  • Jen Hannon
  • Heather Marcinkowski

UGI Specialist Nurses: 

  • Christian Desquito (CW)
  • Marie-Francoise Jakarasi (CW) 
  • Clara Hallinan-Rhodes (WMH)

Contact information

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Outpatients

Gate 4 Lower Ground Floor or St Stephen’s Centre (Ground Floor)

Diagnostic Unit
2nd Floor, Lift Bank B
T: 020 3315 3053 (appointments)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease team at Chelsea
T: 020 3315 4004 (IBD appointments)
T:
 020 3315 3555 (IBD advice)
E:
 caw-tr.ibdteam@nhs.net (IBD advice)

West Middlesex University Hospital

Outpatient Department 4 and Endoscopy are both located on the Ground Floor, East Wing. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease team at West Mid
E: chelwest.ibd.gastro@nhs.net

Inpatient ward Marble Hill 1 on the Ground Floor
T: 020 8321 5752/6240 (Endoscopy reception)

T: 020 8321 5351/5352 (Outpatient administration)
T: 020 8321 6139  (Clara Hallinan-Rhodes —upper GI/cancer queries only)

 

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