Free Inflammatory bowel and liver disease research talk - 19 February

Free Inflammatory bowel and liver disease research talk - 19 February
03 February 2015

A CHRONIC disease which affects at least 261,000 people in the UK will be discussed at a special free informative talk at Fairfield General Hospital education centre in Bury.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting presentations on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease and research being carried out around the two conditions on Thursday 19 February 2015 at the hospital (2-3pm).

The event will give delegates the opportunity to find out more about the gastroenterology service provided at Pennine Acute and there will be a short overview of inflammatory bowel disease services provided for patients. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition that affects the digestive system. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease are the main forms of the disease, which is life long, meaning that patients have periods of relapse and remission of the condition.  Anyone can develop IBD - and at least 261,000 people are affected by Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease in the UK – however recently published data suggests that the actual number could be as high as 620,000.

The illnesses can occur at any age, but often begins in younger people aged 10-40. Both conditions are found worldwide, but are more common in developed countries. There isn't a cure at the moment but a lot can be done with medication and surgery to help keep symptoms under control and to reduce the chance of a flare-up.  Most of the patients with IBD are managed in the community, allowing them to live full and productive lives, however, at times of acute illness there may be the need to be admitted to hospital for intense medical therapy or in some cases an operation. 

Linda Kent, Senior Research Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, will lead the presentation on IBD, followed by gastro specialist nurse Lynne Kendrick (pictured), who will talk about liver disease.

As the fifth most common cause of death in the UK, liver disease affects over two million people, with thousands more unaware that they have the disease. By raising awareness and early detection, deaths can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes.

The gastro nurse service was formed at Pennine Acute Trust in 2010 and since then there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of patients being admitted to hospital as a result. The service is based around education and support to empower the patient to take control of their illness; identifying and treating problems early and referring to specialised centres for transplant as soon as possible.

The Pennine Acute Trust is taking part in an international group of studies for research and development into new drugs for IBD.

Linda said: “It is a privilege to be part of these prestigious international studies that could provide life-changing medications for our patients at Pennine.  By collaborating with our partners who run these studies we can enhance the care of our patients, and build the evidence to prove the efficacy and safety of these drugs.  This can have a very real impact on the quality of life of our patients, and hopefully contributes to the wider understanding of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and its management.

” We are only one of six sites in the United Kingdom to be selected to provide these investigational drug therapies to our patients for whom the only other option would be radical bowel surgery.”

The information event will be held on Thursday 19th February, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm in the Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury.   The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members.  

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.   So far, nearly 12,000 people have signed up to become FT members.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email

PICTURED: Gastro specialist nurse Lynne Kendrick