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ABUHB Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Nurse Specialist Service

Lynsey Hook
IBD Nurse Specialilst
Allison Lewis
IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist
Gareth LloydFord
IBD Nurse Practitioner

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?

Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used to describe ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). It affects 1 in 400 people in the United Kingdom. IBD is a chronic disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration in various sections of the digestive tract. UC affects the colon only and CD can affect any part of the digestive tract. Common symptoms include diarrhoea (often bloody and urgent), abdominal pain, fever, tiredness and loss of weight.

Who are the IBD Nurse Specialists and what do they do?

The IBD Nurse Specialists work closely with your Consultants and other members of the healthcare team in order to give you the best care we can.

The IBD Nursing Team are:

Sister Allyson Lewis
IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist
Gareth Lloyd-Ford
Clinical Nurse Practitioner in Gastroenterology
Sister Lynsey Hook
IBD Nurse Specialist
Diana Howells
IBD Secretary

The remit of the IBD Nurse Specialist Service includes:

  • telephone and email advice service for patients experiencing a flare-up
  • paediatric transition service
  • general advice and support
  • follow-up clinics
  • rapid access clinics
  • in-patient support
  • management of the immunosuppression service
  • administration and monitoring of anti-TNF therapy
  • providing education for patients and carers
  • liaising with the multidisciplinary team involved in the care of patients with IBD

How do you contact the IBD Nurse Specialists?

There are two ways to contact the IBD Nursing Service, whichever way you choose the following information MUST be given in order for us to get back to you promptly:
  1. Your name
  2. Date of Birth or Hospital Number
  3. Your contact number
  4. Your reason for getting in touch
IBD Nurse Specialist Helpline is (01633) 656055 for ALL sites Monday to Friday.
Please do not use any other numbers you may have had previously.
Our email address is – IBDHelp@wales.nhs.uk
If your symptoms are severe and outside of office hours then please consult your GP, NHS Direct or your local Accident and Emergency.
For enquires related to appointments please contact the Booking Centre on 01495 765055.
Below are some links to websites and leaflets you may find useful:

Last updated: 24 February 2014