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Gastroenterology National Report Webinar

Gastroenterology National Report Webinar

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GIRFT and the BSG are hosting a joint webinar on 5th November to discuss the findings and recommendations of the newly-published GIRFT national report for gastroenterology.

Hosted by Dr Beverly Oates, author of the report and GIRFT’s clinical lead for gastroenterology, and Dr Alastair McKinlay, president of BSG, the webinar will discuss how the report recommendations can help the NHS recover gastroenterology services, as well as presenting some of the practical solutions for managing the demand for services and optimising the capacity of units in England, with particular focus on meeting challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They will be joined by Julie Thompson from GUTS UK, Ruth Wakeman from Crohn’s & Colitis UK, and Vanessa Hebditch from the British Liver Trust to represent the patient voice in a panel discussion.

The report is now available for everyone working in the specialty to download. Measures in the report include:

More six- and seven-day services and extended hours, to boost capacity and improve patient flow: Gastroenterology has expanded at a greater rate than any other acute major medical specialty over the past 30 years, due in part to increased demand for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Before the pandemic, 71% of trusts had six- or seven-day endoscopy lists and 54% of trusts were doing weekend gastroenterology ward rounds, but more weekend and evening services are needed to meet demand, with additional recruitment to ensure staff do not burn out. Extra sessions will mean patients can be seen more quickly and return home with minimal hospital exposure to COVID-19.

Better triage to help streamline referrals: Early specialist triage will ensure the most urgent patients are seen first and identify those who no longer need to attend hospital, which will reduce waiting times for those that do. The report also recommends closer working with primary care colleagues to improve awareness of services which allow patients to better self-manage their condition.

More proactive care programmes for patients with chronic conditions: Liver disease is the biggest cause of death in those aged between 35 and 49 and the third leading cause of premature death. Proactive programmes, giving patients access to services such as community alcohol care teams or weight loss clinics, will help patients better manage their own condition, minimising the need to be seen in hospital and reducing emergency admissions for cirrhosis. Similarly, more proactive management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) will help enable earlier diagnosis and management of flare-ups, reduce emergency admissions and the need for surgery.

We hope you can join us for this webinar.

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05-11-2021 @ 12:30 to
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