Clinical News

AUGIB Publication

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:02

In recent years a key area of concern for the BSG has been the lack of 24/7 provision of Acute Upper GI Bleeding (AUGIB) services. With a mortality rate of 10% and no notable improvement on this rate for years, the lack of out-of-hours coverage of services for AUGIB services is a challenge which must be urgently addressed.

Over the past year, the BSG has worked closely with NHSIQ to help identify areas which do not have AUGIB services available at all times, as well as how we can support gastroenterologists across the country to improve the availability of these services. Together we have produced a report which provides an overview of this project. Click here to read the report.

The survey, which is at the heart of this report, found that 23% of endoscopy units in England do not have AUGIB services that offer endoscopy patients 24/7 if required, and that 44% of units do not offer all acute admissions an endoscopy within 24 hours of admission with a GI bleed. You will note that the BSG, with support from NHS IQ, held workshops on this issue earlier this year.

The BSG will continue to campaign on this important issue and work with members and other bodies to promote improved provision of 24/7 AUGIB services.

If you would like support from the BSG around improving 24/7 access to AUGIB services in your Trust please contact the Chief Executive, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Alcohol Treatment Matrix

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:11

An innovative way of presenting evidence on alcohol treatment has been praised by several BSG members - the 'Go to Matrix' which presents a lot of clinical information in a clear way:

The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top, columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level. Visit the matrices page for articles, presentations, and a video explaining their genesis and construction.

AoMRC Survey on Workforce Pressures

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:46

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is currently seeking assistance from the RCP to contribute to an exercise measuring whether workload pressures on staff are squeezing the time made available for consultants to undertake both supporting professional activities (SPA) and also work for the wider NHS outside their own organisations. They are looking for consultants to monitor their activities via the questionnaire below.

The RCP is acutely aware of the pressures on its fellows and members but would ask that if you, or any members of your JSCs/societies are willing and able to assist the Academy with this then any completed questionnaires should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the end of May.

Multi Regional Audit of Blood Component Use in Patients with Cirrhosis

Monday, 17 March 2014 15:42

Published March 2014

This project was designed to collect information on patients admitted with a diagnosis of cirrhosis with respect to their use of blood components during the course of their admission. All hospitals registered with the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) across the United Kingdom were invited to participate.

The BSG in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) invited all staff on the current BSG membership lists. The project was also supported by the British Association for the Study of Liver Disease (BASL) and Regional Transfusion Committees. Interested parties registered with the BSG. They were then sent supporting documentation plus a link to an online data collection tool. The data collection tool was piloted in 3 sites prior to the main audit and modified using an iterative process. An organisational audit was also carried out to supplement the clinical information.

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