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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)
  • Ileo colic resections
  • Total mesorectal excision (TATME)

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. 

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.

Patient information leaflet

Click here to open our information leaflet on self-managed follow-up – Colorectal Information for patients, relatives and carers

  • 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


     Illeostomy and internal pouch support group

    Urostomy Association

    Urostomy support group


    National cancer charity
    Cancer ScreeningNational 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 register:


    Colorectal Nurse Specialist                    

    Mr Flindall

    Samantha Hillhouse

    Mr Lovegrove

    Michelle Smith

    Mrs Nicol

    Bernice Kent/Louise Gilbert

    Mr Patel

    Juliette Lomax

    Mr Pandey

    Cassie Dovey

    Mr Reddy

    Nikki Shelton

    Miss Sivathondan

    Samantha Hillhouse

    Mr Zilvetti

    Sharon Brown

    Colorectal Enhanced Recovery Specialist Nurses

    Julie Booker

    Aimee Summers

    Helen Morgan

  • Contact us

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

    Alexandra Hospital01527 503030
    Worcestershire Royal01905 763333