Colorectal Nursing Service
Nurse Specialists: Karen Richards and Adailia Paul
Contact: 01234 792278. Contact can be made between Monday and Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm.
The colorectal nursing service offers support and advice for patients with colorectal disease, primarily colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as those with a stoma.
Karen Richards and Adailia Paul, stoma nurses at Bedford Hospital run the service which provides high quality and specialist advice, support and information for patients with colorectal disease. Inpatients at the hospital are seen daily and appointments for patients not staying with us are also available.
The colorectal nursing service ensures continuity of care, and offers specialist support, education and advice for patients following their diagnosis/ formation of a stoma. The service also offers an individualised patient programme which will lead to self care, and independence for those with a newly formed stoma. It also provides an expert, research based education and advice service for all healthcare professionals within Bedford Hospital, other hospitals and external agencies.
Nurse led follow-up clinic for patients following surgical resection of colorectal cancer runs on Mondays from 2pm until 6pm and Thursdays from 2pm until 6pm also.
Nurse led follow-up clinic for patients following the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (Inflammatory bowel disease)runs every Tuesday morning.
A telephone clinic for patients with inflammatory bowel disease every Thursday morning.
How can I see the colorectal nurse?
Patients are referred by the consultant at the time of diagnosis and are seen prior to admission either at home or at the pre-operative assessment clinic.
Patients with a stoma are visited at home after discharge from hospital. Those without a stoma are contacted by telephone and everybody is given a contact card with all relevant telephone numbers at the first meeting.
The colorectal nursing service may also refer patients to the palliative care team for symptom management and specialist counselling and patients with a poor prognosis can be referred to the community Macmillan service.