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 (£5 for hardship cases, and free for under 16s) per year. Please download a PDF membership application form to print, fill in and post to us.

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What's New

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Date announced for 2019 Information Day
An initial announcement that the Red Lion Group Information Day and AGM, 2019, will take place on Saturday 27 April at
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Decision-Making in IBD Dysplasia Questionnaire
A research team of doctors at St Mark’s Hospital want to speak to people who have had a colectomy and ileoanal pouch due to their
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World champion fitness model swaps stoma-bag for J-pouch
Body image is the most compelling reason why most of us opt to have an ileal pouch. So someone who
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Kangaroo Club – Information Day
The Kangaroo Club –  a pouch support group based in Oxford – is holding its next annual Information Day on
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