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 What we do

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Team at York Hospital provide a comprehensive range of general and specialist IBD clinical services to the population of York and surrounding area for patients with a diagnosis of IBD. This involves in-patient hospital care and out-patient clinics at York Hospital delivered by Consultants and Specialist Nurses.

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team comprises members from different specialist backgrounds who work together to deliver the best possible care for our patients.

The Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialise in disorders of the intestines (bowels) and liver. All of the doctors within the team have a special interest in IBD.   They will discuss your condition with you and decide along with you, what would be the most appropriate way to investigate and treat your IBD.  You will be allocated a named consultant and they have overall responsibility for your IBD care and are kept up to date with your progress, but you will not necessarily see them at each appointment.  The consultants are supported a team of registrars and fellows.  These are doctors who are undergoing specialist training or who have an interest in Gastroenterology.

The IBD Nurse Specialists are senior nurses with specialist training in IBD.  They provide a key role in assessing and monitoring patients on a range of drug therapies as well as providing expert advice and information on all aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. They are also the first point of contact via the Inflammatory Bowel Disease advice line and email service.

You may be referred for assessment and treatment by other members of the IBD Multidisciplinary Team including Surgeons, Dietitians, and Psychologists. From time to time we may also need to re-assess disease activity via Endoscopy and blood taking.  Some patients may also require medications administered as a day-case treatment on the Medical Elective Suite at York Hospital.

Other important members of the department include our gastroenterology pharmacist, secretarial, administrative and research staff.

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Team at York Hospital provide a comprehensive range of general and specialist IBD clinical services to the population of York and surrounding area for patients with a diagnosis of IBD.




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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.