The Upper GI Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has two consultant surgeons who provide a comprehensive specialist service for upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery.
We provide specialist treatment for all areas of benign upper GI disease, especially gallbladder surgery, anti-reflux surgery, hiatus hernia surgery and abdominal wall hernia surgery – all of which are performed by laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques.
We have a well established GI Physiology department run by two specialist GI physiology nurses providing state of the art diagnostic investigations for patients with benign oesophageal and reflux-related disorders. In 2007 we set up an obesity surgery service, providing laparoscopic gastric band surgery for NHS patients with PCT funding.
We also provide specialist surgical services for patients with oesophageal and gastric cancers. We act as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide cancer patients with integrated treatment for their malignancy.
Chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy are available to patients around the time of oesophageal or gastric surgery.
We work closely with our upper GI cancer nurse specialist to allow high levels of patient support at the time of diagnosis and ongoing support during treatment. We also provide oesophageal and gastric cancer surgery services for patients from East Berkshire.
The Colorectal Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has five consultants who provide a comprehensive specialist service in all areas of colorectal surgery.
We have a very close relationship with the Oncology Unit to provide cancer patients with integrated treatment for large bowel malignancy, with pre-operative short and long course radiotherapy prior to rectal surgery, and adjuvant chemotherapy after colonic resection.
Matron Helen Challand,
Directorate Manager Frances Woodroffe
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 5111