Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad spectrum of chronic diseases that affect the gut. The two main sub types are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. The other subtypes are microscopic, lymphocytic and collagenous colitis.
- Tailored, individualised care plans in accordance with British Gastroenterology Society (BSG), European Crohns and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) guidelines and local Trust policies.
- Multidisciplinary opinions and approaches to treatment with prompt review in telephone-based Flare clinics with members of the specialist nursing team.
- Referrals for investigations into reported symptoms to assess disease activity, such as endoscopic, radiological, microbiological and biochemical.
- Routine reviews for ongoing monitoring of disease
- Referrals for IBD surveillance
- Onwards referrals to other specialities if deemed necessary e.g Psychology, Colorectal surgery
- Ongoing support through out your disease journey
We work closely with other specialities within the hospital to provide a Multidisciplinary approach to your care. Your case may be referred to the IBD MDT which takes place monthly. This meeting provides an opportunity to discuss individual cases and agree a consensus on treatment.
Given the different subtypes of the Inflammatory bowel disease, various medications are available dependent on this, the location and severity.
- Mesalazine – Oral and rectal
- Prednisolone- Oral
- Budesonide- Oral and rectal
- Azathioprine/mercaptopurine- Oral
- Adalimumab- Subcutaneous*
- Filgotinib- Oral*
- Golimumab- Subcutaneous*
- Infliximab- Intravenous/subcutaneous*
- Ozanimod- Oral*
- Tofacitinib- Oral*
- Upadacitinib- Oral*
- Ustekinumab- Intravenous then subcutaneous*
- Vedolizumab- Intravenous then/or subcutaneous*
Many of the above medications (marked with an asterisk) can be delivered to your home address by our homecare partners. Further contact details for these companies can be found on our Contact information tab.
The medications listed as intravenous are provided on our Medical Day case unit based at Huddersfield Royal infirmary.
A member of the unit nursing team will greet you on arrival. Refreshments are available. Unfortunately, family members can not visit and remain on the unit with you whilst receiving treatment.
To deliver the treatment a small needle (cannula) will be inserted into your arm and a bag of fluid will be infused over a period of a few hours depending on the medication and length of time you have received it. Blood tests can be carried out whilst in the department to reduce the necessity of additional blood draws for monitoring purposes. Once the treatment delivery is complete the cannula will be removed and the staff will inform you when your next treatment will be due.
If you have been deemed suitable for the PIFU pathway, you may have been given a PIFU card and/or asked to contact the Appointments centre to schedule an appointment with the IBD team when you wish to have a review of your IBD.
Please ring 01484 355370 to schedule this at a time/date convenient for you.