Hopefully, you have already saved the date for the Red Lion group Information Day and AGM, 2019, which will take place on Saturday 27 April at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow. The Red Lion Group Information Day is one of the most informative events for patients, prospective patients, friends family and health care professionals with an interest in Pouch Surgery.
You will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading professionals in the field of Pouch Surgery practise and research and interact with fellow pouchees, prospective pouchees and health care professionals. You can view videos from previous information days here on the Red Lion Group website.
Spaces are limited and you are recommended to register your intention to attend as soon as possible. Attendance fee (which includes refreshments and lunch) is £10.00 for non-members and £8.00 for members.
You can book your place by subscribing to the Information Day mailing list by clicking the link below.
You will be sent regular updates on the agenda as they become available and payment instructions in due course.Register Now
The Information Day on 27 April 2019 will celebrate the Silver Jubilee with an address by Dr Martin Peters, who was the first RLG Chairman way back in 1994. Martin will be reflecting on RLG then and now and on his own reflections about living with a pouch for the last 25 years.
We are delighted to confirm that Elissa Bradshaw, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Biofeedback Therapy at St Marks Hospital, will be speaking about the importance of efficient pouch emptying, the mechanics of pouch emptying and how you can empty your pouch more effectively.
Biofeedback therapy is an effective treatment for bowel dysfunction. The service at the Sir Alan Parks Physiology and Neuromodulation Unit has been successful in providing biofeedback therapy for 30 years, where treatments have extended and evolved to help both the physical and psychological needs of pouch patients. It is particularly useful for pouch patients, who may experience a variety of difficult symptoms including increased bowel frequency, evacuatory dysfunction and incontinence.
You can read more about Bio Feedback research at St Marks Hospital here.
The Red Lion Group publishes an informative magazine called ROAR! two or three times a year and the latest edition has just been published.
Members should have received this (Issue 56: Christmas 2018) in the post.
It is also available to download from the website.
Only members have access to the latest edition on the website. Please contact us to request the password if you don’t have it.
Non members are welcome to view the archive editions on the website going all the way back to 1994.
Visit the Red Lion Group website at www.pouchsupport.org.
An initial announcement that the Red Lion Group Information Day and AGM, 2019, will take place on Saturday 27 April at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow. This will be another action-packed day catching up on the latest topics of interest to pouchees, potential pouchees and relatives and friends of pouchees! All welcome but numbers will be limited. Please keep the date free! More information will follow as the agenda firms up.
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 inflammatory bowel disease. They particularly want to speak to people who chose to have this surgery due to the finding of changes in the colon lining (called dysplasia). They want to learn how to better communicate and support patients through the process of deciding whether or not to have a colectomy and pouch for this condition. They can only do this if they hear directly from people who have experienced this and can tell them their stories and what worked or didn’t when speaking to their doctors. If you are interested in taking part then please do read the information via this weblink.
or you can email email@example.com for more information.
Body image is the most compelling reason why most of us opt to have an ileal pouch. So someone who not only chooses to have an ileostomy but is brave enough to flaunt her stoma-bag in front of hundreds of people as a world champion bodybuilder is truly unique.
After several painful spells of ulcerative colitis, Falmouth-based Zoey Wright had an ileostomy and then took up bodybuilding to improve her fitness and to help regain her strength. Then in November 2017 the 26-year-old was crowned Overall World Champion Bodybuilder in the Pro Elite bodybuilding championships in the UK.
“I chose to step on stage, despite my stoma-bag, to prove to myself and others that the impossible is possible and ever since it’s been my mission to face new challenges and defeat the odds,” said Zoey who since winning her title has become the face of USN, the leading sports nutrition brand.
“When I saw my surgeon after the ileostomy he asked if I wanted to have a J-pouch fitted and I said I am fine – I’m actually enjoying my life with a stoma-bag and it has caused me no issues whatsoever,” she said.
However after winning her world title, Zoey started having problems in her pelvic area “so I spoke to my surgeon and said I had changed my mind about having J-pouch surgery,” she said.
The Cornish athlete is now due to have the first stage of her two-stage J-pouch operation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, in the next few months.
The Kangaroo Club – a pouch support group based in Oxford – is holding its next annual Information Day on Saturday 6th October 2018.
Cost: Free of charge
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The aim of the Kangaroo Club Information Days is to give a chance to meet other people who have had colorectal surgery or who are eligible for such surgery. As well as time being given for informal discussion with other attendees, there is a full programme of more formal sessions led by medical staff from the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust .
The Information Day on 6th October 2018 will include a full programme of sessions covering:
- Colorectal surgery as a specialty
- Pouch surgery: developments and variations
- What is normal?
- About Occtopus and The Kingston Trust
- Round table discussions – as suggested by pouch owners and for their supporters
- Questions and answers with the Colorectal Nursing team
For more information and to register to attend please click here
We look forward to seeing you there.
Revolutionary pouch report puts St Mark’s Hospital top of the league
Here are some key findings about pouches and pouchcare from the frontline – i.e the UK’s and Europe’s leading surgeons and specialist bowel centres.
(You can download the full report from the image on the left).
St Mark’s Hospital carries out more pouch operations than any other hospital in the UK and Europe – with Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven in Brussels second, Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital third and the Churchill Hospital, Oxford fourth.
These are the findings of a recent survey, the Ileoanal Pouch Report 2017, published in July 2017 by the Association of Coloprotoctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI).
The report covers the outcomes of more than 5,000 patients including 500 under-20s who have had pouch operations under the care of approximately 150 surgeons.
Among the report’s most significant findings are:
- Someone in the UK is diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis – the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – every 30 minutes;
- At least 300,000 people in the UK have IBD in one form or another;
- About one-in-four people with UC will need an operation at some time during their lives, with pouch surgery being one of the most common procedures;
- The most popular type of pouch is the J-pouch, while the once-popular S-pouch and W-pouch have largely been phased out;
- Approximately one-third of today’s pouch operations are carried out laparoscopically – i.e with keyhole surgery;
- Most patients spend 10 days in hospital when they have a pouch operation. However, a surprisingly high 27.4% of patients need to be re-admitted within 30 days of their operation:
- Approximately 80% of pouch operations are successful and restore patients to a high quality of life;
- St Mark’s Hospital has carried out 159 operations in the past five years.
The report which was first published in 2012 makes the following key conclusions:
“There is clearly a compelling argument for centralisation of pouch surgery. The procedure is performed infrequently within a repertoire of surgical options available to patients having had a colectomy or needing proctocolectomy.”
“Intimate knowledge of all surgical options, considered experience in guiding patients to the option that may best suit them, and back-up from the specialised multi-disciplinary team is paramount in providing the best possible service for patients.”
“While there are undoubtedly some centres that are currently offering pouch surgery at low volume with good outcomes, this report indicates that they are probably the exception rather than the norm. And the future is likely to take a more pragmatic view when it comes to ensuring good outcomes and training the next generation of specialist surgeons.”
Like the first Ileoanal Pouch Report in 2012, the 2017 version is based on the latest data from the SWORD HES database and the Pouch Registry, a leading database set up by St Mark’s Hospital’s Emeritus Consultant Surgeon and Red Lion Patron Professor John Nicholls in 2015. The data is sourced from voluntary information supplied by half of the UK’s and Europe’s specialist bowel surgeons. surgeons.
You can download the full report from the Resource section of the Red Lion Group Web site.
Click here to Download.
This article appeared in ROAR! Issue 54: Christmas 2017.
You may have noticed that the discussion forum has been dropped from our new web site. This is because we have decided that in this age of social media, Twitter is a more appropriate platform. So going forward, our new Twitter account RedLionPouchSupport (@PouchRed) will be the new way to interact with the Red Lion Group and other Pouchee’s and people with an interest in the subject.
So please Tweet your questions or comments to @PouchRed.
We hope that in time, that RedLionPouchSupport will evolve into the leading discussion forum for informed discussion about Pouch’s and Pouch related topics.
The 2018 Information Day took place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.
We were delighted to welcome over 80 attendees including pouchees, potential pouchees and medical specialists
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the invention of the Pouch at St. Mark’s hospital and we were delighted to have Professor John Nicholls one of the pioneers and foremost experts on the subject as keynote speaker giving his personal reflections on 40 years of the pouch operation.
David Davies with Stephen Want, RLG member, who gave a talk about his experience as one of the earliest recipients of the pouch
David Davies with Lisa Allison after her presentation on the subject “Pouch Surgery Complications“. Lisa is a Pouch nurse specialist at St. Mark’s hospital and former Chair of the Red Lion Group.
David Davies with Dr Jonathan Segal of St. Mark’s hospital, after his presentation “Pouch Research Update – medical & surgical perspectives” .
David Davies with Mr Janindra Warusavitarne of St. Mark’s hospital, after his presentation on the subject “Modern developments in Pouch Surgery“.
David Davies with Miss Sam Evans after her presentation of “Fertility, fecundity and pregnancy with a pouch“. Sam is a Clinical Nurse specialist in pouch care at St Mark’s hospital.
There were also a number of work shops and of course food & beverage.
You can find recordings of the presentations from this years event here on the RLG web site.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!