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Childrens Services

Paediatric Gastroenterology

Contact: (0191) 282 4077 - Dr Su Bunn, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist (Clinical Lead)

Our Paediatric Gastroenterology Unit deals with disorders of the digestive system, liver, pancreas and associated organs. We deliver a wide range of services, including a specialist nutrition service, to children from across northern England.

Based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, our team includes expert consultants, specialist dieticians, and a paediatric pharmacist, as well as highly trained paediatric nurses. Our whole approach is based on a close partnership with both parents and children, helping you to understand and participate in your child’s care. We’re very proud that a patient satisfaction survey in 2006/2007 showed that more than 95% of parents were very satisfied or extremely satisfied with our service.

Specialist services for a full range of complex conditions

Our specialist services include advanced treatment for a wide range of liver problems, including liver biopsy, and we provide shared care for children requiring liver transplants, along with colleagues in the paediatric liver units in Leeds and Birmingham. Our dedicated nutrition service provides support for children requiring tube feeds, including gastrostomies, jejunostomies and children on home intravenous nutrition. We also treat children with disorders such as coeliac disease and carry out specialist investigations, such as upper gastrointestinal endoscopies, colonoscopies (ie. telescopic investigations of the GI tract and colon) and hydrogen breath tests.

Nationally recognised expertise in inflammatory bowel conditions

Our expertise in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children is recognised nationally. We are one of the largest paediatric inflammatory bowel disease services in the country and the only centre in the North which offers combined medical and surgical management for it. We benefit from close collaboration with our colleagues in the adult inflammatory bowel diseases team, delivering combined bowel clinics to provide on-going care for young patients with long term bowel disease.

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