About Us

The Red Lion Group (RLG) is a support group founded in 1994 by a group of patients and staff at St. Mark’s Hospital in London for people who have had or are considering Pouch Surgery – also known as ileal pouch-anal pouch anastomosis (IPAA), the ileo-anal pouch or a restorative proctocolectomy. The pouch is commonly referred to as a “Parks pouch” (after Sir Alan Parks) or “internal pouch“, and also a “J-pouch“, “W-pouch” or “S-pouch” depending on the configuration.

RLG provides a friendly and informed forum for the sharing of ideas, concerns, tips, experiences and information to support pouchees, potential pouchees and their friends and family.

St. Mark’s Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in the world for research into and the treatment of bowel conditions. The original procedure was pioneered by Sir Alan Parks at St. Mark’s Hospital in the mid-to-late 1970s and the work was continued by Professor John Nicholls who has probably performed more pouch operations than anybody worldwide.

However, the Red Lion Group is not just for St. Mark’s Hospital patients. Membership is open to anybody that has had or is considering the procedure.

Join the Red Lion Group

Membership costs £10 (free for under 16s) per year. In hardship cases, fee may be waived. Please contact the membership secretary in strictest confidence).

You can download and print the application form and payment instructions by clicking below:-

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They came, they saw, and heard all about living with a pouch!
They came they saw, and heard all about living with an Internal Pouch….and ate some cake as well! Twenty-five years
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Calling All Fundraisers!
CALLING ALL FUNDRAISERS  The Red Lion Group is actively seeking enthusiastic individuals to help lead our 2019 fundraising drive. Raising
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The Internal Pouch – it started with this historic paper
The Internal Pouch – it started with this historic paper in 1978 What were you doing in 1978? Here are
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Internal Pouch Information Day at St. Mark’s Hospital
25th Anniversary Internal Pouch Information Day at St. Mark’s Hospital Do you have a j-pouch, s-pouch, w-pouch or considering pouch
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