Over the last week, Salford Royal Hospital has launched a programme to “help patients take control of their [Inflammatory Bowel Disease] and avoid unnecessary hospital appointments”.

Inline with Crohns and Colitis awareness week, the hospital has introduced the 100 patients in 100 days campaign.

It aims to get 100 patients signed up within 100 days, who have stable Inflammatory Bowel Disease, in order to give patients more control and take the strain off of clinicians. To do this the patients will be given a self-management plan to help manage their condition and avoid unnecessary hospital visits.

The 100 patients who sign up will not only get a custom management plan in case they have a “flare of Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis”, but will also be given various benefits such as:

• Direct link to the IBD Team by phone or email
• Rapid access to clinic appointments if needed
• Online access to blood results
• Online access to clinic letters

In an online statement released by the hospital, Cath Stansfield, Gastroenterology Nurse Consultant at Salford Care Organisation, said:

“Helping patients to take control of their own condition can have a really positive impact on their physical and mental well-being”.

“Having to attend hospital on a regular basis can be time consuming and quite stressful for some patients so choosing to self-manage, with the support of the IBD team, means you are able to reduce the need to attend appointments and can instead monitor and manage your condition in the comfort of your own home.”

Patients must either be referred by their clinician or self-refer if they feel like they are suitable. To be accepted thay have to have a 1:1 assesment with a Specialist IBD nurse.

For more information about the programme, contact ibd@srft.nhs.uk or visit their website.

Featured image photo credit: Hope Building Salford Royal © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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