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The two main types of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Both of these are long-term (chronic) diseases that involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gut).

Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine), while Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.Typical symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding.

It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two main types of IBD. If this is the case, it is known as indeterminate colitis.

There are other, rarer types of IBD called collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis. Together these are often called microscopic colitis.

Inflammatory bowel disease is usually diagnosed via sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.

Once identified your doctor will start you on the right programme of medication.

Click here for the Endoscopy unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

To support our patients at MFT we are now using the MYIBDCARE app. This app allows you to track your symptoms, medicines and psychological state. Built into this if your symptom scores are high your IBD team receives email to contact you. You can also contact IBD nurses directly using the app.

The link is here for you to download and start using the app. 

Our Consultants

Our gastroenterology consultants who specialise in IBD are:

Dr. Richard HammondsDr. Scott LevisonDr. Alistair MakinDr. John MasonDr. Jo PulestonDr. Robert WillertDr K.McWhirter, Dr. H.Lee, Dr. F.Leslie & Dr. S. Smale.

Our Surgeons

Our surgical IBD consultants are Mr Curran, Dr. Donnelly, Prof. Hill, Dr. Kushwaha, Ms Craig and Mr Mazarelo.

Our IBD Nurse Specialists

Our IBD Nurse Specialists

If you are a patient under the care of this hospital for your IBD and are unwell, or have a question, please contact one of our specialist nurses:

Dr Karen Kemp, Consultant Nurse IBD
Janet Brooks IBD CNS
Matt Kirkbride IBD CNS
Felicity Birchall IBD CNS
Jess Owen IBD CNS
Willow Howard IBD CNS
Joyce Brooks IBD Coordinator


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