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BIG Conference 2017 - Nurses' Programme

Monday, 24 April 2017 11:43

This year will again see the coming together of the British, Irish and Ulster Societies of Gastroenterology British-Irish (BIG) Gastroenterology meeting. It will take place at The Europa Hotel in Belfast on 27th & 28th April 2017 and will be a 1.5 day meeting.

Please find the programme for nurses at the further information link below.

The Why, What & How of Endoscope Decontamination

Friday, 21 April 2017 11:53

Wednesday 31st May 2017
The Postgraduate Center, QE Hospital Birmingham
Attendance is FREE of charge

The study day is aimed at staff who undertake the day to day practice of endoscope decontamination.

The expert speakers on the day include:
Dr Helen Griffiths, Ms Tina Bradley & Mr Wayne Spencer

To book a place please email your Full Name, Job Title, Hospital, Department and Email Address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Further details for the day will be provided following your booking confirmation


Friday, 21 April 2017 09:22

that individuals are unable to donate blood for 4 to 6 months after any natural orifice flexible endoscopy and until they have informed the blood service of the diagnosis?

The reason is twofold, firstly there are certain diagnoses that would either prevent them from donating blood ever again, one being IBD, or prevent them from donating until all investigations and treatment have been completed, and secondly because there are case reports of patient to patient transmission of viruses such as HBV and HCV linked to GI endoscopy and poor decontamination of endoscopes. These viruses can be successfully inactivated with high level disinfection but there is always the ‘risk’ that decontamination has not been carried out successfully and we do not on a day to day basis measure the success of each decontamination cycle. There are four Blood Services that take donations and supply blood in the UK. All are required to comply with the Blood Safety & Quality Regulations (BSQR) 2005 which incorporates EU legislation in respect to flexible endoscopy. The Blood Services implement deferrals regarding this depending on their use of discretionary Hepatitis B testing.

In England NHS Blood & Transplant defer donors for 4 months and then test for Hepatitis B core antibody between 4 and 6 months after flexible endoscopy. After 6 months no extra testing is required. NAT testing for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is carried out on all donations. The Welsh Blood Service use discretionary testing in a similar way from 120 days after a flexible endoscopy. Currently the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service defer for 6 months and do not use discretionary testing to reduce this deferral.

The Safety of Blood, Tissues & Organs (SaBTO) Committee advises the Department of Health on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion and transplantation. A SABTO working party is currently reviewing the guidelines regarding flexible endoscopy. However a recommendation for change would still have to be approved by the EU for a change to be made to the BSQR so a change is unlikely in the near future.

Detailed information on how health and travel may affect their eligibility to donate is available for donors

21st ESGENA Conference

Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:13

28-30 October 2017
In conjunction with the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week

Following past meetings in 2010 and 2015, this is the third time that the medical and nursing community of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy will meet in Barcelona.

After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, ESGENA will continue its established structures while also initiating new formats of interactive learning. Recent successes have already connected countries and have laid the foundation for new future projects.

The three day ESGENA conference is not only an opportunity to meet colleagues from throughout Europe, but also from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The exchange with nurses from all over the world combined with the opportunity to attend the medical programme of the UEG Week ensures that the ESGENA conference will be an exceptional educational event.

In 2017 the UEG will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Barcelona, offering interesting and interactive learning formats which emphasise the multidisciplinary approach.

Leeds Course in Clinical Nutrition, 13-15 September 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:07

This 3 day course, which has been endorsed by the BSG Education Committee, is aimed at all professions with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and will appeal to clinicians, dietitians, doctors, hospital pharmacists, nursing staff and others with an interest in patient nutrition. The course is particularly suitable for SpRs (Specialist Registrars) as it is now a mandatory requirement to attend a clinical nutrition course. BSG members will be offered a reduced registration fee; further information is available from Early registration is recommended.

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