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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) open day


On Saturday 18 June RD&E specialists are holding an information event on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Patients, their families and friends, or interested members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about these common diseases.


Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are lifelong relapsing diseases which cause inflammation and ulceration in the gut. Symptoms often start in adolescence and early adulthood and include urgent and frequent diarrhoea, pain, and profound fatigue. Some patients have additional symptoms from associated inflammation of the joints, skin, liver or eyes.   Weight loss is common with patients often altering their eating habits to alleviate symptoms. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease together affect about 240,000 people in the UK.


The Open day will provide an opportunity for patients to meet members of the specialist IBD team, and to learn about the services available to sufferers of the condition.  There will be a series of lectures from specialists exploring modern medical and surgical management for adults and children. In addition visitors will be welcome to visit a number of information stands where you will be able to talk to IBD helpdesk nurses, members of the stoma care team, the endoscopy department, the nutrition support team, the research team and many others.


The event will be attended by the local group of Crohn's and Colitis UK (NACC), who will be on hand to signpost patients to additional support. This charity aims to improve life for everyone affected by IBD and brings together patients of all ages, their families and the health professionals involved in their care.


Dr Ahmad, Consultant at the RD&E said “We hope the event will raise awareness of this disease which affects more than 2,000 patients in the Exeter area. It is a disease that is often difficult and sensitive to talk about. We hope that patients will be encouraged to attend to learn more about their disease and the specialist services available, and friends and family and the public will be able to learn more about how the disease affects sufferers.” 


Anyone is welcome to attend the event so if you are interested please come along for all or part of the day and you will be made welcome. The event will take place at the Peninsula Medical School building on the Royal Devon and Exeter Wonford hospital site from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 18 June.


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