I had UC and eventually transferred my care to Oxford after unsatisfactory care locally.
I saw Dr. Simon Travis, a consultant gastroenterologist who was personable and got things moving. Eventually, I had my colon removed. The surgery was done by Mr. Bruce George, not exactly a bundle of laughs, but my operation was very successful :)
I had my op at short notice at the John Radcliffe Hospital where the nursing care was generally pretty abysmal, I'm afraid to say. After about a week, I was transferred to the specialist gastro ward at the Churchill Hospital, also in Oxford, where the care and general vibe was superb. I missed out on being there from the start only because my health was deteriorating too badly to wait for my appointed date for surgery.
Check out their websites perhaps.
I fear NHS experiences can be terribly variable, but be a squeaky hinge 'cause they're the ones that get oiled.
My surgeon is excellent and without his intervention I would certainly not be sitting here typing this reply.
His name is Mr. Mark Katory, Consultant Surgeon, and he is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. (North East England)
He did my emergency sub total colectomy, due to ulcerative colitis, resulting in an ileostomy, three and a half years ago and I can honestly say I have never had any problems and certainly have never looked back. This man gave me a life back!!
I wish you luck in finding yourself a surgeon as wonderful as this.
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I had my emergency surgery due to UC done at St George's in Tooting, London, by Mr. Alex Chung. He did an excellent job, and his bedside manner is impeccable. I'm seeing him about J-Pouch planning on Monday.
He trained at St. Mark's Hospital, Harrow, which is the top hospital for this sort of thing - they developed the J-Pouch, so it could be worth looking into going there as St Mark's is so highly regarded.
St George's does have a specialist gastro ward, and I have complete faith in Mr. Chung, but if you're a complicated case it's probably worth going to the top and see what St Mark's can do for you. Good luck!
My surgeon is in the USA, so I can't recommend a doctor in the UK. But I wish you well on your search. And mutely, I'd like to know if that's your work in the pics you posted? I'm not a full member yet, so I can't message you about the artwork! I love it!