The gastroenterology unit in Leicester is a multi-disciplinary GI service encompassing luminal, nutrition and hepatology services, including dedicated GI wards with liver HDU.
We offer a range of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions including advanced endoscopy, a GI physiology lab and radiology services. We service a high incidence of IBD and also provide a nationally renowned consultant-delivered GI bleed service.
Our digestive diseases centre and outpatient and endoscopy centre serves over one million patients in the wider Leicester area. We also service a large cohort of viral hepatitis patients and have a well-developed hepatobiliary endoscopic ultrasound service, which is recruiting highly for the STOPAH trial in alcoholic hepatitis.
Our team is comprised of 12 consultant gastroenterologists, nine higher specialty trainees and 11 junior medical trainees. We also have six endoscopists, IBD, viral hepatitis and nutrition specialist nurses within the team.
We work closely with GI radiologists and upper GI, colorectal, hepatobiliary and intestinal failure surgeons and the Cancer Centre. These clinicians input into the regional eating disorders service and feto-maternal medicine, as well as a transition IBD clinic. We also provide a regional home parental nutrition service in conjunction with paediatricians.
The gastroenterology unit offers a wide range of training and learning opportunities. Our national endoscopy training centre offers JAG accredited courses, and the bowel cancer centre enables access to complex endoscopy and the ability to train in endoscopy mucosal resection techniques. We also offer an advanced inflammatory bowel disease module.
The UHL cancer centre gives access to large volumes of EUS work for staging upper GI tumours and colleagues also have access to the therapeutic HPB simulation centre, which offers a mixture of model based endoscopy and Linton tube insertion training.
All of our consultants are clinical teachers to the medical school. We are rapidly expanding our consultant numbers to meet increasing demand for service and have recently moved to modular wards to provide a more appropriate environment for GI patients.
We undertake ongoing research into oesophageal and inflammatory bowel disease and plan to further increase the numbers of research fellows.
There are two professors in our unit with active research programmes – NIHR East Midlands gastroenterology and hepatology, both based in Leicester. The unit conducts extensive recruitment to STOPAH trial and a range of Barrett’s trials.
Our research dietician is undertaking research on parenteral nutrition and intestinal failure. We also provide opportunities to complete research masteral doctorates.