Digesting change

PATIENTS in Sheffield living with digestive disorders are set to benefit from the launch next month of a specialist service – one of the first of its kind in the UK.

People with conditions including anaemia, abnormal liver function and jaundice will be able to get advice, treatment and tests at the Sloan Medical Practice in Little London Road instead of automatically being referred to hospital.

The community-based gastroenterology service is being launched by Central Sheffield GP Consortium – a group of 28 practices – supported by specialists from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Dr Marion Sloan, partner at the Sloan Practice, said: “The advantage of the service is patients will have better access to a rapid clinical assessment when they need it most and this will lead to better clinical outcomes.”

As many as one in five GP consultations are about digestive disorders.