The Gastroenterology Department within the Hospital specialises in the care and management of patients with IBD.

How will the advice service help me?

The aim of the IBD service is to ensure patients are offered the best possible care, information and treatment.

What if I have a flare up between appointments?

Please contact the nurse specialist or your GP for advice. The specialist nurse may advise you over the phone, or arrange a clinic appointment if necessary.

Useful information

Consultant Gastroenterologists:

  • Dr Spencer
  • Dr Sakellariou
  • Dr Dear
  • Dr Naylor
  • Dr Elphick
  • Dr Abdulrehman 

Gastroenterologists secretaries:

  • 01246 512280 = Dr Elphick and Dr Sakellariou
  • 01246 513273 = Dr Dear, Dr Spencer, Dr Naylor

If you call, they will pass on your message to the relevant consultant.  Please be aware there may be a delay in responding due to clinical commitments.  

Pharmacy Help lines:

  • Medicines information: 01246 512655
  • Dispensary: 01246 512157

Crohn’s and Colitis (CCUK) Useful Numbers

Information Service 

0300 222 5700
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
Thu: 09:00 - 13:00


Crohn's & Colitis Support 

0121 737 9931 
(Mon to Fri: 13:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 - 21:00)

Contact Details

IBD Advice Line: 

  • Tel 01246 512884 (Answerphone service)

Please leave your full name, hospital number if known, date of birth and your contact details.  We aim to call/email back within 24-72 hours during the normal working week (Mon – Fri 9am –5pm).  Please be aware that the IBD team have various clinical commitments, there there might be a delay in responding, particularly if staff are on leave. 
Please remember this is only for advice regarding your IBD and not to be used in emergencies where the 111 or your GP may be more appropriate.  

Please ring the Advice line:

  • If you have a flare of your IBD
  • Advice on your IBD treatment
  • Prescriptions for treatments prescribed by the hospital and not your GP for you IBD
  • Pregnancy in IBD
  • If we have advised you to following a treatment change or previous clinic appointment
  • Signs of Infection and you are taking immune suppression medications for your IBD

Please do not call the Advice line for test results.
If any changes to your treatment are required we will liaise with you and your GP.

If you have questions not covered on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the IBD nurses.
Your IBD nurses are:

  • Kath Phillis - Advanced IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist/IBD Clinical Lead
  • Kerrie Adams - IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist

Please note we do not provide a drop in service.  If you have IBD related concerns or signs of a flare up, please use the contact details above.

IBD Advice Email Form