Posted on: March 24, 2017

‘Living with Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease’ – Inflammatory Bowel Disease Open Day

On Saturday, 20th May 2017 St Mark’s will open its doors to people whose lives are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Patients, carers, family members and anyone interested are invited to come along and learn more about these challenging conditions.

In the UK, nearly one in 200 people suffer from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, the two most common forms of IBD. The rate of diagnosis has grown steadily and continues to do so. As an international centre of excellence, St Mark’s Hospital treats many patients with the most severe cases of IBD. As a result, the hospital’s medical, surgical and nursing staff have unrivalled experience and expertise when it comes to the management of these conditions.

The day will feature a series of presentations by the hospital’s expert IBD staff:

  • the treatment of bowel disease over the last two centuries
  • the other explaining how the bowel should function when healthy
  • the medical and surgical management of IBD will be covered
  • ‘medication and pharmacy’
  • ‘coping with IBD’ and the future of IBD treatment at St Mark’s Hospital

In addition to the main presentations, there will be three special talks on:

  1. ‘IBD for beginners’
  2. ‘Young people with IBD’
  3. ‘Pregnancy & Fertility in IBD’

The event will end with a question and answer session with a panel of St Mark’s IBD experts.

There will also be many stalls from a range of hospital departments, charities and support groups offering support, advice and information.