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Colorectal services at The London Clinic

Colorectal surgery is the usual treatment for conditions affecting the colon (large intestine) or rectum and surrounding areas. These are usually caused by inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and diverticular disease (digestive conditions affecting the colon).

At The London Clinic, we have a team of expert consultant colorectal surgeons who can perform different operations for a range of colorectal problems, including colorectal tumours.

The consultants are supported by a highly capable team of other health professionals.

For patients whose surgery requires a stoma to be introduced, we have specialist colorectal nurses who can guide you and offer advice in managing your stoma.


We play a key role in screening and treating patients with bowel cancer, supported by our leading consultants and some of the most modern treatments available. 

We provide all treatments for bowel cancer from colorectal surgery to the latest chemotherapy (monoclonal antibodies, hormonal therapies and chemotherapy agents) and radiotherapy techniques (using x-rays to destroy cancer).

Bowel cancer service 

Our colorectal team

The colorectal team is situated on the first floor of the main hospital at 20 Devonshire Place. The unit is made up of 16 rooms, all with en-suite facilities.

The team includes three colorectal and stoma nurses and two colorectal healthcare assistants who provide personalised information, care and support to all patients admitted with colorectal surgical problems, or who are suffering from bowel cancer or inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

The role of the team

Starting treatment for cancer, having stoma surgery or facing a chronic bowel illness can be a confusing and worrying time for you and your family.

We try and see newly-diagnosed cancer patients when they receive their diagnosis or immediately afterwards. From this point, we provide all support, information, and contact details that you will need.

When you have your surgery, the colorectal team will see you daily.  They will advise you on how to proceed in your recovery and support you up until you are discharged.  They will also be able to advise you if any other treatments are required.

The highly trained team of nurses and doctors provide care to you and your families by working in conjunction with:

Working with other departments

Physiotherapy and pharmacy

The colorectal team has its own experienced physiotherapist. This professional provides support if you are in ICU and and following your return your room.

The physiotherapist will refer you to the occupational therapist should the need arise. 

There is a dedicated pharmacist who visits the area daily and reviews your prescription chart to make sure the medication is being used effectively for your condition. 

Diet and nutrition

One of our resident dietitians can advise on dietary needs.

For more complex feeding - such as an intravenous feeding regime, we have a dedicated TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition Team).  The TNT reviews your needs and adjust the calories and supplements in the food you are prescribed.

Food at The London Clinic

If You ARE an inpatient

Inpatients are seen on a regular basis on the wards so that practical support and information can be provided: wound care, diet, exercise, bowel function, stoma education and new appliances, etc.

Each patient is given a named person in the colorectal nurse team who they can contact at any time. Patients are encouraged to keep in touch between long-term follow-up appointments if there is anything at all they are worried.

Patients submitted for minor surgical procedures can also need a lot of support and advice, following discharge. We advise on wound and pain management, for complex fistula cases, and provide support for those caring for our patient’s in the community, or in our outpatient department.

Patients with new stomas, bowel function problems, and high anal fistulas will be supported after discharge as outpatients, by attending the nurse-led clinic.

Meet some of the colorectal team members