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In this section, we have leaflets for the Colorectal Surgery department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Click to download the A Guide to your Bowel Surgery leaflet

A Guide to your Bowel Surgery

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a life changing event and you and your family may experience a wide range of emotions during the treatment pathway. On a positive note, bowel cancer is one of the most common and treatable cancers. The colorectal team at Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Trust is a dedicated specialist team and our aim is for you to receive the best possible care. This booklet is aimed to help explain your surgery and treatment plan ... read more

Click to download the Anorectal Physiology Studies leaflet

Anorectal Physiology Studies

You have been referred by your doctor for anorectal physiology studies. Patients are usually referred for these investigations because they have a certain type of symptom. These include; faecal incontinence, constipation, difficulty emptying their bowel or require obstetric assessment ... read more

Click to download the Emergency Laparotomy Surgery leaflet

Emergency Laparotomy Surgery

An emergency laparotomy is a surgical operation that is used for people with severe abdominal pain to find the cause and in many cases to treat it. You will have a general anaesthetic and the surgeon will make an incision (cut) to open the abdomen. The damaged part of the organ is removed and the abdomen will be washed out to limit any infection ... read more

Click to download the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (Colorectal) leaflet

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (Colorectal)

Our mission is for you to come into hospital as strong as possible, ready for your surgery, and to make a quick recovery. In order to achieve this, we will use the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme (ERAS) to optimise your nutrition, mobility and pain relief around the time of your operation. There is strong evidence that by following the ERAS Programme you will recover faster from your operation, with fewer complications.

Enhanced Recovery involves staff caring for you, (anaesthetists, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and surgeons) helping you to follow a clearly defined programme and most importantly requires your participation to make it work ... read more

Click to download the Introducing your Key Workers leaflet

Introducing your Key Workers

As your key workers, our aim is to help coordinate your care and provide you with continuity. We can do this by acting as a link between you and the various other hospitals / staff involved in your care.

We appreciate that this can be a very difficult time for you and your family / friends and you are likely to experience a wide range of emotions. It may be that you feel you need more information about your illness and the treatment or management planned for you. You may have choices to make, want to know what to expect in the future or want the opportunity to talk about how you are feeling.

We are here to answer any questions, discuss your individual worries or concerns, but also to talk as openly with you as you want about the impact and reality of your diagnosis and treatment. We can liaise with the GPs, district nurses and community Macmillan Nurses as required ... read more

Click to download the Psychology Service in Anorectal Physiology leaflet

Psychology Service in Anorectal Physiology

A health professional has referred you to psychology within the Colorectal service. This leaflet aims to introduce you to the psychology service available to patients within the Colorectal and Anorectal Physiology Department so that you can then decide whether or not you would like to opt in to this part of the Colorectal service. The psychology service offers cognitive-behavioural, acceptance and mindfulness based approaches to help with living well with a bowel problem. There is also a bowel focused clinical hypnosis service for those who may benefit from this ... read more


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