The Clinic @ 78’s gastroenterology specialists can provide a range of tests, assessments and gastroenterology treatment in Bournemouth for people experiencing problems involving the digestive system. This can include chronic diarrhoea and constipation, heartburn/acid reflux and stomach ulcers, ongoing abdominal pain and bloating, and unexplained nutritional deficiencies.

Gastroenterology Treatment in Bournemouth

Gastroenterology Specialists

Whether you have already been diagnosed with a digestive health disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or diverticulitis, or you are experiencing new or ongoing symptoms that are affecting your health and quality of life, our digestive health experts can help determine any underlying problems and ensure you receive the follow-up advice and treatment you need.

To find out more about gastroenterology treatment in Bournemouth or to book a consultation, call us on 01202 767000.

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    Around the size of a small rugby ball, the liver is the second-largest organ in the human body. It sits behind the right side of your ribcage. One of the liver’s main roles is to filter the blood leaving the stomach and intestines, separating nutrients and toxins. There are many other functions of the liver, such as supporting blood clots and metabolising fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

    If you have a problem with your liver, you may experience

    • Itchy skin
    • Feeling or being sick
    • Swollen legs or ankles
    • Extreme tiredness/ fatigue
    • Yellow eyes and skin (jaundice)
    • Abdominal pain on the right side
    • Dark pee (urine) and pale poo (stools)
    • Loss of appetite and possibly weight loss

    Maintaining a healthy weight, eating the right foods and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can all help you prevent liver problems.

    To diagnose liver disease, we may perform blood and imaging tests and a liver biopsy. If you think you have a liver condition, get in touch today to receive diagnostic tests and treatment.

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    The two main forms of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These lifelong (chronic) conditions cause inflammation in the digestive tract. Crohn’s can affect anywhere in the digestive system, but ulcerative colitis typically affects the large intestine only. The symptoms of IBD can range from mild to severe.

    Common IBD symptoms include

    • Bloating
    • Loss of appetite
    • Tiredness/ fatigue
    • Unintentional weight loss
    • Abdominal pain and cramping
    • Diarrhoea (sometimes bloody)

    Some people with IBD also experience arthritis and problems with their eyes or skin. To diagnose IBD, we may need to perform endoscopy and imaging tests. We may also need to do stool studies and blood tests.

    If you suspect you have IBD, contact our team. Our expert gastroenterologists offer a thorough diagnostic process to determine the cause of your symptoms. Once we’ve identified the cause of your problems, we will then form a tailored treatment plan.

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    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly confused with IBD (above). Roughly one in five to one in ten people in the UK will experience IBS. Though, many people have mild symptoms only. 

    IBS symptoms include

    • Bloating and gas
    • Low energy levels
    • Feeling sick (nausea)
    • Heartburn (less common)
    • Abdominal pain and cramps
    • Changing bowel movements
    • Constipation, diarrhoea, or both

    IBS symptoms can come and go – we call this a flare-up. Specific foods, medications, stress and anxiety can trigger an IBS flare-up. Women are more likely to have IBS than men and may experience a flare-up during their period.

    It can be hard to diagnose IBS, and we’ll need to rule out other, more serious conditions. It can be hard to diagnose IBS as there are no tests for IBS. But we’ll need to rule out other, more serious conditions. Blood and stool tests can help us with this, as can imaging tests, such as X-rays. 

    During your appointment, we’ll ask you to describe your symptoms, their severity, and how long you’ve had them. If you have noticed any triggers, share them with your doctor, as these can help us with our diagnosis.

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    Heartburn feels like a burning sensation in your chest, caused by stomach acid.

    When this stomach acid travels up your throat, we call it acid reflux. Acid reflux often causes a bitter taste in your mouth and can lead you to need to cough or clear your throat.

    Speak to one of our gastroenterologists if you are experiencing heartburn and acid reflux.

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    Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition that causes your immune system to attack your tissues if you consume gluten. This can prevent you from absorbing essential nutrients.

    Coeliac disease is not the same as food intolerance.

    Symptoms of coeliac disease include:

    • Frequent stomach pain, cramping or bloating
    • Persistent nausea and vomiting
    • Tiredness/ Fatigue
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Diarrhoea or constipation

    These symptoms can present with a number of gastroenterological conditions, so it is important to seek the advice of a gastroenterologist.

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Dr Liz Williams

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Liz Williams is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Poole Hospital and qualified from Southampton University.

Her clinical training in General Medicine and Gastroenterology was based in Southampton and South West England. She undertook a doctorate on liver disease, which is one of her special interests.

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