Links

www.stmarkshospital.nhs.uk

My base at the internationally-renowned specialist bowel hospital.

www.britishlivertrust.org.uk

The British Liver Trust is the national charity working to reduce the impact of liver disease in the UK through support , information and research. Liver disease is on the increase in the UK. It can be a silent killer, with no symptoms until it is too late. It’s now the fifth largest cause of death and affects the health and wellbeing of many thousands more.

www.corecharity.org.uk

The CORE charity supports Clinical Research administered by the British Society of Gastroenterology. It is so-named because the digestive system is at the core of our body and a good digestive system is the core of good health.

www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

Crohn’s and Colitis UK (formerly NACC, The National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease) is the UK’s major, award-winning charity, offering information and support to those affected by these conditions, otherwise known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Including the limited form of ulcerative colitis, called proctitis, IBD affects one in 250 people in the UK.

www.efcca.org

The European Federation of Crohn’s and ulcerative Colitis Association's aim is to improve the well being of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and their partners and families. Membership has risen to 20 European National IBD Patient Associations.

www.coeliac.org.uk

Coeliac UK is the leading charity working for people with coeliac disease, a condition which affects 1 in 100 people in the UK, most of whom have been non-specifically unwell or tired for some years before diagnosis. The Food and Drink Directory lists around 10,000 food and drink products and is the essential guide to a wide range of gluten-free food and drink available throughout the UK.

www.theibsnetwork.org

The IBS Network is the UK's national charity for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Its mission is to inform patients with IBS and to work with health care professionals to offer IBS support and IBS help, creating an IBS society for facilitating self management either individually or through the agency of an IBS group.

www.coloncancer.org.uk

Nearly 37,000 people are diagnosed with colon or bowel cancer every year. This is equal to approximately 100 people every day and it a major health problem. The symptoms of colon cancer can remain undetected for many years and in most cases will develop quite slowly. Useful information and tips on the steps you can take to help prevent colon cancer.

www.opa.org.uk

The Oesophageal Patients Association an independent registered charity formed by former oesophageal cancer patients who have helped over 26,000 patients and their carers who have experienced oesophageal or gastric difficulties. First-hand knowledge understanding the fears that can be generated, the pains that can be suffered and the effects on the digestive system that can be experienced.

www.barrettscampaign.org.uk

The Barrett’s Oesophagus Campaign (BOC) is the only national charity dedicated to the prevention of cancer from Barrett’s Oesophagus and the support of people living with the disease.

www.pancreatitis.org.uk

The Pancreatitis Supporters' Network provides medical information and support for sufferers of pancreatitis.

www.macmillan.org.uk

One in three of us will get cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer.

www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/cch

The Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow, Middlesex. is part of BMI Healthcare. The hospital has 141 beds with all rooms offering the privacy and comfort of en-suite facilities, satellite TV and telephone. The hospital has five theatres, an endoscopy suite, a level III Intensive Care unit and offers a self-pay emergency care centre open 24 hours a day.

www.trustplus.co.uk

TrustPlus is a private patient unit on the 10th floor within Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals with a consulting rooms suite, access to all the facilities of the NHS hospital with all the appropriate emergency back-up where necessary. It is the usual route through which private patients can access Dr Pitcher for endoscopy at St Mark’s or admission to The Lisa and Robert Sainsbury Wing and the specialist ward for intestinal and colorectal diseases.

www.patient.co.uk

A reliable and comprehensive source of health and disease information with excellent range of medical information leaflets.

Gut-focussed hypnotherapy has been proven to help patients with digestive symptoms with a success rate of around 70%. A specialist hypnotherapist will take some background details about your IBS or non-ulcer dyspepsia experiences and symptoms. Then they will coax you into a state of extreme relaxation, and take you through a program of suggestion. For example, you may be asked to imagine that when you hold your hand over your stomach a healing warmth is flowing into your abdomen, or you may be asked to visualize a fully working digestive system. Patients remain in complete control of their actions at all times. A therapist may record each session onto audio cassette to allow the patient to maintain their therapy between sessions and use the tape when they feel they need it.

I have had many patient successes following treatment with Dr Val Walters at The Harley Street Hypnosis Clinic. It is important that you discuss with Dr Pitcher how to obtain preauthorisation for treatment from your insurance company.

www.stlukes-hospice.org

St Luke's Hospice at Kenton Grange is an independent charity serving the multi-cultural/ethnic community of Harrow and Northern Brent. St Luke’s provides specialist palliative care free of charge to people with advanced, progressive illnesses (such as cancer) with special emphasis on their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. With high standards of skilled medical and nursing care, St Luke’s is able to enhance quality of life and support families and carers in a compassionate and peaceful environment.

www.loveyourgut.com

A range of digestive health information and advice on how the gut works and how to keep it in shape.

www.thefunctionalgutclinic.com

Dr Anthony Hobson runs this lab in Upper Wimpole Street to whom I refer patients for oesophageal physiology studies and hydrogen breath tests. It is recognised by the major insurance companies.

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