‘Living with Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease’ – Inflammatory Bowel Disease Open Day

St Mark’s will open its doors to people whose lives are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Patients, carers, family members and anyone interested are invited to come along and learn more about these challenging conditions.

In the UK, nearly one in 200 people suffer from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, the two most common forms of IBD. The rate of diagnosis has grown steadily and continues to do so. As an international centre of excellence, St Mark’s Hospital treats many patients with the most severe cases of IBD. As a result, the hospital’s medical, surgical and nursing staff have unrivalled experience and expertise when it comes to the management of these conditions.

The day will feature a series of presentations by the hospital’s expert IBD staff:

  • the treatment of bowel disease over the last two centuries
  • the other explaining how the bowel should function when healthy
  • the medical and surgical management of IBD will be covered
  • ‘medication and pharmacy’
  • ‘coping with IBD’ and the future of IBD treatment at St Mark’s Hospital

In addition to the main presentations, there will be three special talks on:

  1. ‘IBD for beginners’
  2. ‘Young people with IBD’
  3. ‘Pregnancy & Fertility in IBD’

The event will end with a question and answer session with a panel of St Mark’s IBD experts.

There will also be many stalls from a range of hospital departments, charities and support groups offering support, advice and information.

Download (pdf) IBD Open Day Flyer for further information

Bowel Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event

The event will provide you with a wide range of health and wellbeing advice from expert healthcare professionals from across the NHS including:

  • Overview of colorectal cancer
  • Physical activity and diet
  • Anxiety and self-management
  • Stoma Care

There will be a tea / coffee break where there will have the opportunity to talk to health professionals and other attendees. We shall have a range of information on offer and advice stands including:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Beating Bowel Cancer – patient information and support services
  • Macmillan Benefits Advisor
  • Walking for health

For further information, view the [PDF document] Health and Wellbeing invitation letter written by our Macmillan Nurse Consultant, Colorectal Cancer, Claire Taylor.


The HOPE Programme: A Positive Approach to Self-management

HOPE uses positive psychology evidence-based activities, such as goal setting, action planning, mindfulness and gratitude diaries, to create an upward spiral of positive emotions leading to improved confidence, social support, happiness and well-being.

This is a group programme suited for 8-12 people living with and beyond cancer.

Sessions run every Thursday from the 28th January to the 3rd of March. Attendance at all six weeks is required. For further information, view the [PDF document] of St Mark’s HOPE programme..