Our Services


South Tyneside NHS Trust offers a complete gastroenterology service. Gastroenterology and hepatology outpatient clinics are held at South Tyneside District Hospital as well as at Palmer Hospital in Jarrow which GPs can access via Choose and Book. In patients are cared for on a dedicated gastroenterology ward (ward 1) and endoscopy services are delivered within the excellently equipped endoscopy unit. The gastroenterology team works closely with colleagues in surgery and radiology.

Capsule endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is a novel technology that allows the visualisation of the small bowel. It does not replace standard endoscopy but is complementary. The procedure is completely non invasive, does not require sedation and is very well tolerated by patients.

Small bowel capsule endoscopy is mainly used to investigate anaemia, obscure bleeding and suspected Crohn's disease when the diagnosis has not been made using conventional tests such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

Capsule endoscopy is also available in South Tyneside to investigate the oesophagus, and the colon (large bowel) as an alternative to colonoscopy in carefully selected cases.

Transnasal endoscopy

Transnasal endoscopy- Gastroscopy is a widely used method for detecting upper gastrointestinal disease. Many patients expect the procedure to be unpleasant and request sedation to be administered during the procedure expecting to be “put to sleep” – this isn’t the case with conscious sedation.

Dr Simon Panter Consultant Gastroenterologist is leading this service which is being offered on a walk in walk out basis for patients. The service is available by way of evening clinics to maximise accessibility.

To find out more about the transnasal endoscopy service, please contact the endoscopy department.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service

Dr Simon Panter and Dr Faheem Butt have a particular interested in IBD and hold dedicated clinics for inflammatory bowel disease patients.

The IBD nurse specialists can offer support and information about any aspect of IBD, the treatments available and any investigations that may be needed. There are four dedicated IBD nurse led clinics a week that offer a range of services from drug monitoring, symptomatic reviews and rapid access appointments for patients who require urgent review. A 24hr advice line for existing patients is also available on 0191 4041000 ext 2274.

Patients with IBD sometimes need to be admitted to hospital for intensive treatment,close monitoring, investigations or possible surgery. We try to admit IBD patients to our gastroenterology ward (Ward 1) or an appropriate surgical ward. The ward teams work closely with the Gastroenterologists, dieticians and IBD nurse specialists.

There is always access to a dietician who at the request of your specialist nurse or doctor can give advice on special diets and nutrition. Our specialist dietician Emma Sainsbury holds regular clinics that can be accessed by IBD patients.

IBD Patient Panel

The IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Patient Panel is a forum for patients who have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The panel meets regularly to discuss patient care and experience in relation to services here at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. It enables patients to give feedback and suggestions for future service development whilst focusing on patient experience. A consultant Gastroenterologist and IBD Nurse Specialists attend these meetings to support patients and help steer the group forward. If you feel you would like to contribute to the panel and it's work or have any suggestions then please feel free to attend any of the meetings or contact Claire MacLennan and Emily Hopkins IBD Nurse Specialists on 0191 4041000 Ext 2274 or alternatively email claire.maclennan@stft.nhs.uk  emily.hopkins@stft.nhs.uk

We hope to raise awareness of IBD within our local community and initiate changes in the service already established. We are currently recruiting members to the panel so please feel free to get in touch.

Research in IBD

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is currently involved in a number of IBD related research studies  If you would like any further information regarding these studies then please contact Carly Brown Lead GI research nurse at carly.brown@stft.nhs.uk or call 0191 4041000 ext 2260.

The team

Gastroenterology Consultants

Professor Colin Rees MBBS FRCP Secretary – Allison Ward (0191 4041000 ext 4028)

Dr Simon Panter BSc (Hons) MBChB MD FRCP (London & Edin) Dr Panter’s secretary – Julie Yorston (0191 4041000 ext 4035) 

Dr Faheem A Butt BSc, MBBS, MRCP

Dr Butt’s sec – Julie Yorston (0191 4041000 ext 4035) 

Dr Jo Topping BMedSci (Hons) BMBS MRCP

Dr Topping’s secretary – Allison Ward (0191 4041000 ext 4028)

For detailed biographies of our consultants please see the A –Z of consultants section.

Nurse Consultant, specialist nurses and team Carolyn Davison RGN, MSc - Nurse Consultant Gastroenterology

Carolyn Davison’s secretary – Linda Jeffery (0191 4041000 ext 2276)

Specialist nurses

Emily Hopkins RGN, BA (Hons) - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)/Nutrition Nurse Specialist.

Claire MacLennan RNA,DipHed,BSc(Hons) - IBD/Nutrition Nurse Specialist.

Emily and Clair’s contact: 0191 4041000 Mon-Fri 8.30-4.30 (bleep 791 or ext 2274)

Andrea Frame - Nurse Specialist

Emma Sainsbury - GI Dietitian