City’s specialist stomach unit scoops national honour

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A SPECIALIST unit treating patients with stomach and bowel problems has scooped a national award - and £5,000 to help towards their pioneering work.

The Gastroenterology and Liver Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital won a Movetis Magic Award, landing them the cash to spend in their gold standard specialist endoscopy centre and clinical investigations unit.

Edward Robshaw is one of the unit’s patient’s who has experienced first-hand its specialist treatment.

The 63-year-old from Wakefield underwent a capsule endoscopy there after suffering internal bleeding. The ‘camera pill’ devices allow clinicians to fully investigate the guts of patients with known or suspected gastrointestinal disorders without the use of invasive tubes.

As the ‘camera pill’ uncovered abnormalities in Edward’s intestine, doctors at the Hospital performed a double balloon enteroscopy to identify and mark two tumours with a tattoo so surgeons could find and remove them.

Professor David Sanders, consultant gastroenterologist at the hospital and University of Sheffield, said: “Pinpointing reduces the time the patient spends in surgery. By performing DBE we are often able to treat bleeding lesions in such a way that the patients can avoid surgery.”

Edward, a combustion engineer and granddad-of-nine, said: “I had been suffering from internal bleeding for 18 months and other methods of investigation had not picked up the tumours.

“The staff at the Hallamshire Unit put me at ease straight away and were able to finally get to the problem. I am so relieved to have the tumours removed after a lot or worrying. I can see why they have won this award, they are a fantastic team.”

The multi-disciplinary team, led by consultant gastroenterologists Dr Mark McAlindon, Professor David Sanders and Dr Reena Sidhu, have been recognised for providing a centre for excellence and see patients from across England.

Professor Sanders added: “Ensuring patients receive the best possible experience on our wards is extremely important to us.”