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The GP – Issue 32 – 26/11/2020

The GP is a brief newsletter aimed at keeping you up to date with all things KEVII. This week’s read time: 15 mins

GERD Awareness Week: introducing our new Reflux Centre

It’s GERD Awareness Week so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to talk about the Reflux Centre we’re setting up, led by our specialist laparoscopic, upper GI and reflux surgeon Nick Boyle.

Why a Reflux Centre?
As you’ll know from the patients you see, Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease is a common condition. It affects up to 20% of the adult population on a regular basis. About 3% of all GP visits are for symptoms associated with reflux, and half of these are at least the second time patients have been back with the same problem.

Other functional foregut conditions such as achalasia, gastroparesis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and eosinophilic oesophagitis can also cause similar symptoms. Reaching the right diagnosis can sometimes be challenging.

Reflux itself is also a complex, chronic condition, presenting with classical dyspepsia and other oesophageal symptoms but also LPR or even respiratory symptoms. Standard treatments combined with lifestyle measures, dietary modification and optimised medication – including PPIs – works for many, but in 30% of cases fails to adequately address patients’ compromised quality of life.

Make a referral to our centre by calling 020 7467 4344.

Why choose the Reflux Centre?
Led by Nick Boyle, our Reflux Centre brings together multidisciplinary experts in reflux, working with the latest diagnostics and technologies, to provide your patients with the best care and treatment.

As well as standard treatments, we offer alternative, cutting-edge treatment options, such as LINX. LINX, a minimally invasive surgical option, is an increasingly popular option: it has been used to treat over 40,000 patients worldwide. Long-term data supports its safety and efficacy.

Introducing Nick Boyle

Nick Boyle is a specialist laparoscopic, upper GI and reflux surgeon who has developed a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease over the last decade.

He has become one of the most experienced surgeons in Europe offering LINX sphincter augmentation. He is also an expert in the clinical interpretation of functional foregut diagnosed tests.

To refer a patient to Nick Boyle, please call 020 7467 4344.

Movember: Why refer to our Urology Centre?

We’re proud to support Movember UK, raising greater awareness of men’s health conditions, and the vital role urologists play in finding a cure and improving quality of life. It’s a great time to talk about the wide range of urology services we offer.

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for urology, uniting leading experts across different specialisms to provide your patients with the most effective, personalised care. From early detection through to diagnosis, treatment and support, we’re always steered by the question: what works for men?

We treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Prostate, bladder and kidney cancer
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary tract stones
  • Benign diseases of the prostate including prostatitis

Our integrated team discusses each patient by working collaboratively to combine their innovation and expertise.

We offer a complete range of minimally-invasive treatment options, such as:

  • Robotic-assisted surgery to completely remove the prostate and cancerous cells
  • Focal therapy suitable for men with intermediate prostate cancer, ideally in one part of the prostate
  • Laser treatment of urinary tract stones

To refer a patient to our Urology Centre, please email enquiries@kingedwardvii.co.uk.

Join three leading GI and reflux specialists online tonight

There’s still time to register for tonight’s reflux webinar, hosted on Zoom. Mr Nicholas Boyle, Mr Sanjay Purkayastha and Dr Anthony Hobson, key specialists in gastroenterology and upper GI, will present a series of interesting reflux case studies and discuss the outcomes.

Format and schedule:

  • 17:30 – Welcome and introduction
  • 17:35 – 40 minutes talk
  • 18:15 – 15 minutes Q&A

Find out more and register

Certificates of attendance and a recording of the webinar will be available upon request.