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​Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service is part of the Gastroenterology Department at Dorset County Hospital and is based in the Outpatients Department in North Wing, Level 1.

We aim to provide a patient–centred service offering all patients with inflammatory bowel disease and their carers education, information and support to enable them to live as normal a lifestyle as possible.

We hold regular clinics at Bridport, Blandford and Weymouth Community Hospitals as well as Dorset County Hospital where we see new and follow–up patients to review treatment and offer health advice as necessary.

We operate a system where patients can come to clinic at short notice in the event of a relapse of their inflammatory bowel disease. This is arranged via the telephone helpline:

IBD Telephone Helpline: 01305 255102

There is an IBD Telephone Helpline Service with a 24–hour voicemail system. If you have any worries or concerns about your inflammatory bowel disease please do not hesitate to contact us. We are usually able to return your call with 24 – 48 hours during the working week.

Patients often phone because they have increased symptoms. It is important to seek early advice if you experience any of the following symptoms: increased diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea or vomiting, bleeding from the back passage or other symptoms that cause you concern. We may advise on increasing or altering your current medication. We would sometimes arrange an urgent clinic appointment if that is required.

Patients may also have queries regarding their medication such as dosage and side effects. We are happy to discuss these and other issues related to your inflammatory bowel disease.