Raising awareness on World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day

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Friday, May 20th, 2016
The Southern Health and Social Trust has got behind World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day by turning purple and providing health information stands on a condition that is being diagnosed once every 30 minutes across the UK. ibd 4Inflammatory bowel disease is a term mainly used to describe two conditions, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are chronic conditions that involve inflammation of the gut (gastrointestinal tract). Latest figures show that at least 300,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms vary from person to person and also over time with patients often having periods of good health and then suffering flare ups when symptoms get worse. Ruth Hall, IBD Nurse Specialist for the Trust, spoke about the importance of World IBD Day, “World IBD Day presents a fantastic opportunity for people to come together and put a spotlight on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the main conditions described as IBD. “We currently offer a range of medical and surgical treatments from Daisy Hill and Craigavon hospitals to help keep symptoms under control and reduce the chance of flare-ups.
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May June 2016 updated“We had a large number of people helping at our information stands and encouraging patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease to talk about their condition. With the most common symptoms being abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fatigue and weight loss, IBD can be debilitating and embarrassing to live with,” she added. The IBD Patient Panel meets quarterly and always welcomes new members or if you are interested in finding out more about or joining the Patient Panel contact Ruth Hall Tel: 07788726875 or Email: ruth.hall@southerntrust.hscni.net For further information on IBD visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk
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