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Colorectal Surgery

Our services run across our three acute hospitals. We diagnose, treat and support patients with conditions affecting the bowel.

All major colorectal surgery takes place at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Day surgery also takes place at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Endoscopic procedures and radiological investigations occur at the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal hospitals. Outpatient appointments are offered at the Alexandra and Worcestershire Royal hospitals.

Keyhole surgery

Our consultant colorectal specialist surgeons are trained in advanced keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery including extra-levator abdominal excision (ELAPE) and pelvic floor reconstruction for low rectal cancers.

Laparoscopic or keyhole colorectal surgery involves performing operations using instruments introduced through small incisions in the abdomen. As well as the cosmetic benefit, this has been shown to reduce post-operative pain and the length of stay in hospital after major surgery.

It may not always be possible to offer keyhole surgery but you can discuss this with your surgeon.

Enhanced recovery

We have developed an effective and efficient, enhanced recovery programme. The aim of this programme is to get you back to full health as quickly as possible after surgery. Our patients' average stay in hospital, is just five days after major bowel surgery.

We offer the following services and colorectal clinics.

  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Pelvic floor reconstruction
  • Extra-levator abdominal excision (ELAPE) 

Recovery Programme

The enhanced recovery programme is about improving your outcomes and speeding up recovery after surgery.

We aim to reduce your length of stay and any physical stress of the operation, which should enable you to recover faster with better outcomes. 

Julie Hooper, our colorectal enhanced recovery nurse, focusses on making sure that you are an active participant in your own recovery process.

The key element is good pre-operative assessment and planning before admission.

Colorectal Specialist Nurse Service

What is the aim of the service?

To provide advice, support, help and information to you and your family / carers whilst you are undergoing diagnosis, treatment and continuing care for your diagnosis. We are based at The Alexandra Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and attend clinics at Bromsgrove, and Kidderminster hospitals.

Who is the service for?

Anyone who has a colorectal cancer, before, during or after their treatment.

What does the service provide?

The colorectal nurse specialist’s role is about ensuring you / your family /carer has sufficient knowledge and information about your diagnosis. We offer information, advice, and support to you and your family whilst you are having treatment for your diagnosis. This also includes whilst you are undergoing tests / investigations, and when you are undergoing treatment, and during your follow up care.

The service includes:

  • direct access for you / your carers
  • information regarding the cancer and treatment options
  • pre-operative information and counselling
  • post-operative care, advice and counselling
  • act as a resource to other health care professionals both in hospital and community
  • liaise with and work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team
  • Buddy system
  • Additional help and information ie referral for benefits/grants financial.
  • Information on the Worcestershire Bowel cancer support group.
  • Nutritional information and dietary advice
  • Assistance with Concessionary car parking charges

Useful links

Colossus is a support group run by volunteers and aim to give help and support for fellow patients, their family and friends.They meet monthly at 7pm in St Johns Church Hall, Habberley, Kidderminster.

Contact - Beryl Talbot 01299 824006

Other useful information can be found online at:

Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer Charity and helpline

Colostomy Association

Colostomy Association

IASupport

 Illeostomy and internal pouch support group

Urostomy Association

Urostomy support group

Macmillan

National cancer charity
Cancer Screening National bowel cancer screening programme

Cancer research

National cancer charity
NHS Choices  NHS information on bowel cancer

Patient support groups

We run our own patient support group. The support group meets every 3 months. The support group is for both patients and relatives who have a diagnosis of bowel cancer.

The support group is called “Worcestershire Bowel cancer support group” Please contact your Colorectal Nurse Specialist for more details.

Meet the team

The Colorectal Surgery team includes specialist nurses and consultant doctors.

Our consultants are individually listed on our consultant regiter:

Consultants based at the Alexandra Hospital
Mr Reddy and Mr Patel Sandra Chambers 01527 512196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr Lovegrove Michelle Smith 01527 512196
Mr Shaw Emma Chater 01527 512196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Consultants Based at the Worcestershire Royal
Mr Pandey & Mr Lake Cassie Dovey 01905760643 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mrs Nicol Bernice Kent 01905 760643 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr Zilvetti & Mr Corlett Sharon Brown 01905 760643 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact us

We provide outpatient clinics and services at two of our Hospitals, please contact us either at:

Alexandra Hospital 01527 503030
Worcestershire Royal 01905 763333 

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