IBD sufferers invited to join hospital panel

Peterborough City Hospital, Bretton
Peterborough City Hospital, Bretton
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People who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are invited to join others on a patient panel at Peterborough City Hospital to help develop care further.

The panel, which has been running for 18 months, is made up of patients who suffer with conditions such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, along with the Trust’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease nurses, plus doctors and specialists.

Their aim is to give patients a voice in the development of the IBD service. The partnership is to enable patients and professionals to work together to bring about improvements, modelling a relationship of collaboration and mutual respect.

Since the panel was formed it has created a newsletter for patients to ensure they are aware of the facilities available to them within the hospital, and is developing a patient health record ‘passport’ that will contain vital information on a patient’s condition in the event of an emergency hospital admission.

In addition, the panel is working with other hospitals to share best practice and is currently looking at potential improvements to the Trust’s patient booking system.

To ensure it is meeting the needs of patients with IBD, the panel wants more people to join and share their experiences. Panel chairman, John Humphries, said: “This panel is a partnership of patients and professionals working together to bring about improvements. We would welcome new patients to join us and help us gain a wider understanding of patients’ needs.”

Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Sunny Nair said: “Through the group we can view our service from the patient’s perspective and hopefully make improvements that will reap great benefits. We are pleased to be able to work with our patients to address their needs and develop our service in ways that are important to them.”

Anyone interested in joining the panel can email chairman John Humphries on pch.ibd.patientpanel@gnet.com