Introduction to the Upper GI Team (Gastric & Oesophageal Service)
The Upper GI Team offers a specialist service for patients with oesophageal or gastric cancer.
As a joint specialist centre for oesophageal and gastric surgery with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, our aim is to provide a high quality multi-professional approach offering individualized care to all patients referred to the specialist centre.
We accept referrals for surgical interventions from hospitals within the pan Birmingham cancer network; we provide this service for a population of over 1.8 million.
The Heart Of England specialist team covers referrals from City, Solihull Good Hope Hospitals.
Introduction to the Upper GI Team (Hepatobillary Service)
As well as a specialist service for Gastric and oesophageal cancers, The UGI team also provide a local service to diagnose hepatobillary cancers including liver, pancreas, gallbladder duodenum and biliary tract. We have a local meeting once a week at Heartlands Hospital, where we discuss patients who have an Hepatobillary cancer/ abnormality.
About the team
The Upper GI specialist team is made up of a multi-disciplinary group of professional and clinical personnel whose aim is to care for patients with an Upper GI cancer.
Based at Heartlands, we have UGI laparoscopic surgeons, thoracic surgeons, a medical oncologist, gastroenterologists, radiologists, histopathologists, Upper GI Macmillan Nurses and an MDT Co-ordinator.
The specialist team has a joint meeting with the specialist team from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on a Wednesday afternoon. In the meeting we have a multidisciplinary team discussion involving expert advice from Surgeons, oncologists, Radiologists, Histopathologists and clinical nurse specialists to decide the best treatment plan for all patients with oesophageal and gastric cancers, based on best evidence and best outcomes.
The Specialist Team – Heartlands
Mr M Richardson
Mr R Steyn
Mr R Nijjar
Consultant Oncologist Dr J Thompson
Dr M Tsalic
Consultant Gastroenterologists Dr P Wilson
Consultant Radiologists Dr L Morus
Dr A Pallan
Dr B Miller
Clinical Nurse Specialists Rachel Hodges
The role of the Upper GI specialist nurse
Within the Heart of England specialist UGI Team we have three clinical nurse specialists. Their role is to act as a key worker and care for patients with gastric, oesophageal or hepatobiliary cancer. The Nurses will provide you with ongoing support through your cancer treatment and can provide you and your carers with advice and information about investigations, procedures, treatments, support organizations and any other services you may benefit from.
The Role of the MDT co-ordinator
The MDT co-ordinator, co-ordinates the multidisciplinary team meetings and helps co-ordinate investigations and treatment for patients with an UGI cancer ensuring the team is working to Department of Health standards and to government targets for patients with cancer.