On your first visit to an IBD clinic you will be seen by a consultant gastroenterologist in one of their clinics. If you have had an endoscopy then you may have already had a brief telephone discussion with one of the IBD nurses about your diagnosis.
All of the clinics are held in the Gastroenterology outpatient department on the third floor of BRI. It is important that you always book-in at the main outpatient desk on arrival.
Adolescent Transition and Young Persons’ Clinic
This clinic is for young people who have been under the care of a paediatrician. It is held every three months and the young person is seen by a gastroenterologist and paediatrician. Moving from paediatric to adult care can be a difficult time – as a child your parents or guardian are responsible for your care, as an adolescent you have to learn to take on that responsibility yourself. This clinic is the first stage in that process.
Transition to adult care
Joint surgical clinic
In this clinic you will be seen by a gastroenterologist (not necessarily the doctor you normally see) and a surgeon. The clinic is for people who need, or would like, more information about surgical options. They run monthly.
After your appointment you will be offered a subsequent appointment where you will be seen again by your consultant, a registrar, the specialist nurses or another member of the allied health professional team.
If you need to change your appointment this can be done via the contact centre on 01274 274274.
The main IBD clinics are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, however people with IBD will also be seen in general gastroenterology clinics on other days. In clinics where the IBD nurse specialists are present, you may see either an IBD nurse specialist or a consultant.
All of the following clinics are held in the Gastroenterology Unit, BRI. This is on level three and the Duke of York is the closest entrance.
IBD is unpredictable and you never know when it is going to flare up. The IBD advice line is a point of contact for patients to call if they are having problems, or have any questions in between appointments. It gives patients easy access to advice and supports them in the management of their condition.
It can also reduce outpatient appointments and unnecessary visits to GPs. Patients feel that the advice line is one of the most important aspects of the IBD Service in Bradford.
- The IBD advice line is an answerphone service where you can leave a message if you have concerns/worries or you are becoming unwell
- We aim to return your call within 24 hours
- The advice line should not be used to change appointments or in an emergency
- If you have an urgent or out-of-hours need contact your GP, NHS 111 or attend the emergency department
- When leaving a message please speak clearly, leave your name, hospital number if you know it and a contact number
- Opening hours: 08.00 to 12.00 Monday to Friday. excluding bank holidays.
- The number to call is 01274 364822
Adult blood tests (and children over 12)
- Bradford Royal Infirmary: Monday 8.30am to 6.30pm (except Bank holidays), Tuesday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), 8.30am to 5pm.
- St Luke’s Hospital: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except Bank holidays)
*As of 14th April 2020 if you have been asked to attend for a blood test please call the Phlebotomy bookings team on 01274 365056 or 365170 to make an appointment at St. Lukes hospital, this line is open Mon-Fri 9-5.
The IBD team we would like to say a BIG thank you to all our IBD patients and those who use our service.
We are working in unprecedented times and have had to adapt the way we work, reduced staffing levels in the office and managing guidelines and appreciate your understanding.
The service is still open to offer support or advice Mon-Fri 8-12 and we aim to return calls within 48 hours
If you are returning to work, please check the CCUK guidelines which are specific to IBD patients. https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/advice-for-people-with-crohns-and-colitis-self-isolation-social-distancing they have plenty of information to help you adhere to government guidelines, CCUK have been constantly creating and updating their guidelines.
Thank you again for your understanding and patience during this time.
Your IBD Team.