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Monday 21 June 2021
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Julie Thompson
Julie Thompson, Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian

New IBS service launches

A new service aimed at improving the quality of life for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is being launched by Salford Royal.


The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Salford Royal is offering the service to adult patients and it will be run at the Gateway centres in Walkden and Pendleton on a weekly basis.


Julie Thompson, Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian at the Trust, said: “This new service will help to improve the care for patients with IBS who often struggle with access to services in the UK and to provide quality, evidenced-based diet treatment with trained specialist dietitians.


“With better symptom management these patients will undoubtedly find that they are benefitting from an improved quality of life.”


Patients suffering from IBS will be introduced to the FODMAP diet, which is an exclusion-reduction diet. FODMAPs are sugars that form part of the fibre in our diet and when fermented in the bowel, they can cause symptoms in people with IBS. Reduction of FODMAPs in the diet can improve symptoms of IBS for about two thirds of people.


The new service is for Salford patients who have been diagnosed with IBS by their GP. Anyone who suspects they may have IBS should see their GP in the first instance and ensure they do not change their diet before their appointment.


For more information about the service contact 0161 206 4256 or email gastrodietitians@nhs.net.