SPECIALIST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM
Diagnosis and management of Reflux and other Upper Gastro-Intestinal conditions can be complex, and frequently requires the support of specialists with different areas of expertise. This approach is often referred to as a multi-disciplinary approach, and ensures that everyone receives the very best care and support.
A weekly Complex Benign Oesophago-Gastric multi-disciplinary team meeting is held weekly at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital where challenging cases are discussed with a panel of experts to formulate consensus views and recommendations.
South West Reflux work in close collaboration with experts in the field, both regionally and nationally, and are part of a network of internationally renowned specialist consultants.
Our patients say . . .
My husband and I would like to thank you for all you effort curing my hernia problem … my breathing is much improved. I look forward to a much better quality of life.
Thank you so very much. Not to be refluxing, having a sore throat and cough and to be able to sleep lying down is wonderful and has given me back a normal life.
After nearly four years of pain and sickness every time I ate or drank, I can now do both normally without any sign of pain or sickness at all. It has made a tremendous difference to my life.
I have no acid reflux problems and it has made such a difference for my lifestyle. Thank you very, very much for all that you have done for me.
A quick note to say thank you for my cholecystectomy – absolutely brilliant.
I must tell you how wonderful it is not to suffer constant acid reflux anymore it’s amazing. Thank you for everything.
You were so very kind and patient listening to my doubts, and although I know that I had to make the decision myself, you said just enough to enable me to make the right one.
I cannot thank you enough for your great care through my surgery. Great to be able to eat normally.
Following my Heller Cardiomyotomy I am pleased to tell you that at this moment it would appear to be 100% successful. It is no exaggeration to say it has transformed my life.
My surgery has been more successful than I ever hoped for. From the time I woke up in the theatre recovery are to find I was able to take deep breath. I had not realised that I did not have the freedom to breathe deeply before the surgery. I simply thought that I was unfit as I was unable to exercise comfortably swimming, walking or Pilates. I feel so well and my quality of life has improved beyond any hopes.
Below are some of the specialists and with whom we regularly work in this region.
Dr Anthony Hobson: Consultant Clinical Scientist & Director of Functional Gut Clinic
Dr Hobson is an internationally renowned Consultant Clinical Scientist with experience across the NHS and private healthcare sectors as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony trained in Manchester and gained a broad base of experience in assessing gut function from ‘top to bottom’ covering areas such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), incontinence and constipation.
He is Clinical Director of the Functional Gut Clinic London which now provides a specialist private service at Nuffield Health Exeter, offering the full spectrum of advanced GI diagnostics.
Dr Tariq Ahmad: Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Ahmad qualified from Bristol University in 1992 and has been a Consultant in Exeter since 2007, having trained at Oxford from where he was awarded a D Phil in 2003 for research into genetics of inflammatory bowel disease, an area of study which he continues in Exeter. He specialises in complex gastro-intestinal conditions and consults from 1 The Quadrant.
Dr John Christie: Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Christie is a Consultant Gastroenterologist practicing at Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Christie qualified in 1989 and trained in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Bristol, then Oxford. He also worked for a year on the liver transplant unit in Melbourne, Australia and has been a Consultant in Exeter for many years.
Beth Thompson: Dietician
Beth Thompson is a specialist Dietician at the Royal Devon and Exeter and works in close conjunction with the Gastroenterology team. She offers private consultations from 1 The Quadrant.
Claire McAleer: Speech and Voice Therapist
Clare McAleer is a specialist speech and voice therapist at the Royal Devon and Exeter and work in close conjunction with the ENT and Head & Neck teams. She offers private consultation at 1 The Quadrant
Theresa Royles: GI Clinical Scientist
Theresa Royles is specialist GI Clinical Scientist at the Royal Devon and Exeter and leads the Oesophageal Physiology Service including the private wireless pH Studies.
We work in close conjunction with the GI and musculo-skeletal Radiologists based at Nuffield Health Exeter.