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Gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery services

 

Coronavirus: gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery services update

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please follow our advice before attending the service.

It is very important that patients do not travel into hospital unless there is an urgent need.

Patients

We are attempting to contact all patients with a future scheduled appointment. In some cases we are changing appointments to a telephone consultation, and in certain circumstances, a video appointment. Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged at this stage. If we cancel your appointment you will remain on our waiting list and we will contact you in due course. Some patients may be discharged back to their GP and we will write to you if this is the case.

If you have not heard from us within three days of your scheduled appointment please contact use the emails below:

If you are unable to use email or your query is urgent, please call 020 7188 8875. Our phone lines are very busy and there may be a wait for your call to be answered.

Contact us by email for: 

Contact us by telephone on 020 7188 8875:

  • if you don’t have access to email or our website
  • if you leave a message on this number it may be a few days before we are able to respond to your query.

Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for answers to common queries we've been receiving.

GPs

Advice and guidance

We are doing everything we can to support GPs and your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, prior to any referral, we would strongly advise that GPs seek advice and guidance via e-RS or Consultant Connect (if it is available in your area). Please note that all of our services available on e-RS are set up for advice requests. You can call our emergency general surgery hotline on 078 2692 2963 to speak to our flow coordinator. Our coordinator will be able to direct your call and if you require further information they can submit your request for triage.

Please note this line is operational between Monday-Friday, 7.30am-8pm.

This will enable the clinical team to review your request and provide an interim treatment plan for ongoing management of a patient. They can also advise and provide clarification regarding a patients test results.

The GP can attach documents to the e-RS advice request, which may include diagnostic results, scanned images (e.g. ECGs). Providers can also respond with attachments.

e-RS referrals

If you feel that a referral is absolutely necessary, please refer via e-RS and use the 'defer to provider' functionality for urgent/two-week wait referrals. Please attach the referral letter at the point of referral/within 24 hours. For two-week wait referrals, please ensure that the patient meets the criteria ahead of referring. Please do not refer urgent patients under two-week wait as this will overwhelm the service.

The Trust will vet the referral and either book into a virtual appointment or add the patient to the waiting list if they need a face to face appointment.

Please do not defer to provider routine referrals. Send the appointment request to the patient so they can do this when they are ready to book.

Please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.

For any training issues/technical assistance with e-RS/smartcards, please contact your local Commissioning Support Unit facilitators or Registration Authority Helpdesk.

Consultant Connect

For south-east London GPs, your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned the Consultant Connect service so you can also use this to seek advice. We are in the process of expanding our Consultant Connect lines, these will be available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and the communication will come via your local CCG bulletins. Please share this information within your practice.

Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for answers to common queries we've been receiving from patients.


 

A team of surgeons operating in theatreOur gastrointestinal (GI) surgical unit offers the following specialist services:

 

Coronavirus

Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information.