We continue to maintain visiting restrictions (one person, once for one hour each day) via slots pre-agreed with the ward, full details can be found on our visitor page.
Patients and Visitors
The colorectal unit is part of the large multidisciplinary Gastro Intestinal (GI) Directorate at Derriford Hospital. The consultant colorectal (bowel) surgeons work closely with our upper GI surgeons and gastroenterologists to provide a comprehensive service for all conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, they are supported by specialist nursing expertise. All the surgeons are fully trained general surgeons but have further specialist training to deal with the highly specialised surgical conditions affecting the abdomen and its organs.
The colorectal unit provides the following services:
Derriford Hospital is an accredited centre for colorectal cancer (bowel), and all the bowel surgeons have wide ranging skills in all aspects of bowel problems. This expertise allows us to specialise in laparoscpic surgery (keyhole surgery), Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (procedure to remove usually benign bowel growth by minor operation through the anus) and surgery for incontinence and prolapse. However all the surgeons also perform the wide variety of general surgery procedures including hernia repairs (both traditional and keyhole), gall bladder operations and removal of minor bumps and lumps.