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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Service

Welcome to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.

Coronavirus advice for all IBD patients

Please read our letter to all our IBD patients at this difficult time. Hopefully it will give you the information you need at this moment in time to decide which risk setting you are in. We strongly recommend viewing the CCUK decision tree to decide your own personal level of risk. We aim to update this information if guidance changes, so please visit this page on a regular basis. Thank you.

COVID-19 UK IBD Online Survey

We would be extremely grateful if you could complete a short online survey has been developed by the IBD Registry through the COVID-19 working group with support from the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG). You enter your health information and the survey results will indicate your risk level. The results will be available for you to download and save. This information will be sent to us if you opt to select our team in the survey. This will allow us to support you better during this difficult time, as we will be able to contact you directly with advice most relevant to you. Information may also be sent to approved NHS bodies to help them to help people with IBD. The personal information you share will be kept securely, and only used for purposes relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The website tool has a privacy statement about this.

You can access the tool from the UK IBD Registry's COVID-19 page: www.ibdregistry.org.uk/covid-19.

We work really hard to provide you with the highest quality of care. The care we provide is rated very highly nationally and we look forward to working with you to ensure the care we offer best suits your needs.

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease are the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease. These chronic ongoing conditions of the gastrointestinal tract cause a range of often painful symptoms that can sometimes be embarrassing. The severity of which depends on the extent and distribution of the disease.

The cause of IBD is uncertain. The general consensus is that it results from an abnormal immune response.

You can read more about the disease in a paper published by our inflammatory bowel disease nurse specialist, Heather Johnson, in Practice Nurse.