What we do

Colorectal surgery deals with repairing damaged bowels caused by disorders within the rectum, anus and colon. The overall treatment may also involve a wider team including specialist nurses, dieticians and consultants.

We offer patients both Open and Laparoscopic (less invasive) procedures. ELHT is also the leading centre in the Lancashire Network for Colorectal Robotic Surgery.

We work in close partnership with our Oncology department and have a designated Colorectal Oncologist providing cancer patients with treatment, before and after surgery. 

Being a high volume Colorectal Unit we have a large team comprising of Consultants, Specialist Nurses, Radiologists, Oncologist, Histopathologist and specialised Colorectal Wards with trained enhanced recovery nurses. These put together enable us to provide Safe, Personal and Effective Care for all.

At ELHT we provide treatment for both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) diseases of the large bowel. This includes complex resections for early and advanced cancers as well as multi-organ resections.

We have an advanced pelvic surgery team comprising of a Colorectal Surgeon and Gynaecologist who perform complex pelvic surgery for advanced benign disease.  We are proud to be the only centre in the North West with combined Consultant Specialists operating together on a weekly basis. This once again allows us to deliver the highest level of care for such patients close to home.

ELHT also participates in the Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP) for those undergoing surgery. The ERP is a modern evidence-based approach to help patients who are undergoing surgery to recover more quickly.  At ELHT we aim to provide high standards of care based on current recommendations and protocols.

Our dedicated colorectal surgery wards are:

Surgical Triage Unit (STU)

This is a dedicated ward to acute surgical patients who have been admitted through A&E as well as direct referrals from the colorectal team or GP’s.  The ward also has a HOT clinic run by the registrars and Advanced Nurse Practitioners for patient assessments and referrals.

Ward C18A and C18B

These are dedicated wards for patients who have undergone colorectal surgical procedures. The team use the ERP approach to recovery and care of patients.

How to access the service

If you have any concerns relating to your bowels please seek advice from your GP. 

If you have any symptoms such as a change in bowel habit or bleeding from the back passage please make an appointment with your GP who will make a referral to the team where appropriate.

Where to find us

Our two oncology centres are based at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital. We also utilise facilities at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Preston site.

Our dedicated colorectal surgery wards are:

Surgical Triage Unit (STU)

Ward C18A and C18B

Service Lead/Ward Managers

Rachel Hanna - Ward Manager C18 A

Michelle Turner - Ward Manager C18 B

Mr Lyndon Jones - Clinical Director

Mr Adnan Sheikh - Colorectal Clinic Lead

Key staff

Mr Sheikh

Mrs Salaman

Mr Harris

Mr Jones

Mr Evans

Miss Smith

Mr Scott

Mr Markides

General enquiries

Colorectal Nurse Specialists: 01254 732781

Stoma Care Team: 01254 736320

Visiting times

2.30pm - 4pm

6pm-7pm

Flexibility if required can be discussed with the ward