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Cancer Specialist Nurse

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14/10/2007

The NBT Colorectal CNS (lesley Atkin, Sarah Brunt, Saraj John) aim to provide physical, psychological, social and spiritual support for patients who have bowel disease, or who fear they have bowel cancer.  They will try to improve the service we deliver to our patients in response to patient comments and current research.

What is a bowel care nurse specialist?

• A qualified nurse who has specialist training in bowel care, does not wear a uniform and works as part of the bowel care team within the hospital or the community.

• Initially the bowel care nurse will see you at one of your early outpatient appointments. After that the bowel care nurse will be in regular contact with you throughout your investigations and treatment.  This may include contact by telephone, letter, home visit or outpatient appointments.

• The bowel care nurse is skilled in advising you regarding bowel disease and treatment options and can provide you with practical information and support in all aspects of bowel care.

• A nurse who can provide continuing support to you, your partner and your family if you have, or fear you may have, bowel problems.

• The bowel care nurse can also put you in touch with local support groups and voluntary agencies.

• Your bowel care nurse will be happy for you to get in touch to discuss anything you feel is important and your discussion will be confidential.

Contacting your bowel care nurse specialist

If a nurse is not available to take your call there is an answer phone service for you to leave a message. When leaving a message, please leave your name and telephone number. The answer phone is checked regularly throughout the day and the nurse will always try to return your call within the next working day.  However, please feel free to call again.

lesley.atkin@nbt.nhs.uk 
sarah.brunt@nbt.nhs.uk 
sarah.john@nbt.nhs.uk 


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