If you want further information about digestive health and specific digestive conditions you may want to contact the groups listed below. Please note that the listed organisations are not necessarily involved with Love Your Gut or Gut Week, and that the Love Your Gut / Gut Week organisers are not responsible for the content of external sites.
Core – The Digestive Disorders Foundation
Core – The Digestive Disorders Foundation – is a national charity that funds medical research into the prevention, cure and treatment of digestive disorders, and provides information for patients and sufferers.
Bowel & Cancer Research
Bowel & Cancer Research funds scientific and clinical research to save lives and improve the quality of life of individuals with bowel cancer and other bowel conditions. We support ways that involve the public in the design and delivery of research and work to raise awareness of bowel cancer and other bowel diseases to improve people’s knowledge of symptoms and break down taboos.
The IBS Network
The IBS Network provides the only dedicated support in the UK to people with IBS, helping them and their families and carers to manage their IBS and achieve an improved quality of life.
St Mark’s Hospital Foundation
St Mark’s Hospital Foundation supports the work at St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, the world’s first specialist bowel hospital, founded over 180 years ago. The Foundation raises money to fund vital research, education and training, as we fight to eliminate all categories of bowel disease.
Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF)
Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF) funds high quality, practical research which improves treatment and survival rates for bowel disease patients across the UK. Founded by some of the country’s leading colorectal surgeons, in recent years we have committed over £2 million to support research into all forms of bowel disease – principally bowel cancer and IBD, as well as conditions like faecal incontinence. A full list of the work we support is available at www.bdrf.org.uk.
Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG)
The Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG) is the voice of Primary Care Gastroenterology. We have a (mainly) GP membership and offer advice and guidance on gastrointestinal matters, as well as lobbying and influencing. We hold scientific meetings and have a bi-annual journal ’The Digest’. To find out more visit: www.pcsg.org.uk and to sign up as a member (health professionals only) visit: http://www.pcsg.org.uk/register.
Beating Bowel Cancer
Beating Bowel Cancer is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We provide practical and emotional help – on the phone, digitally and face to face. We’re proud to run the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer which patients call a ‘lifeline’.
We bring patients together to share invaluable experience and support, through our website, social media and major events.
To contact Beating Bowel Cancer visit their website www.beatingbowelcancer.org or call their nurse helpline on 08450 719 301 or 020 8973 0011 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bladder and Bowel Foundation
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation is a charity providing help, information and support for all types of bladder and bowel control problems, for patients, carers and healthcare professionals.
Bowel Cancer UK
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity. We are determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. We support and influence research, educate patients, public and professionals about bowel cancer and campaign for early diagnosis and best treatment and care for all those affected. For more information, please go to www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk or call 020 7940 1760.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK – pioneer life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our work has helped double survival rates in the last 40 years.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Damage to the gut lining occurs when gluten is eaten. There is no cure or medication for the condition and the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye and some people are sensitive to oats. Without a gluten-free diet, the disease can lead to other conditions, such as malnutrition, osteoporosis, small bowel cancer and also can cause infertility problems. 1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease, however only 10 – 15% of those with the condition are diagnosed. Symptoms of the condition can vary widely, but include: diarrhoea, unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, abdominal pain, mouth ulcers, osteoporosis, tiredness and others.
If you believe you may have coeliac disease, it is important to visit your doctor for a diagnosis and make sure you are still eating gluten before and throughout the testing process. For further information, contact Coeliac UK www.coeliac.org.uk.
The Colostomy Association
The Colostomy Association provides a much needed, dedicated service of support and care for Colostomates and their Carers.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the UK’s leading charity offering information and support to everyone affected by Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis – collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The charity raises awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis, campaigns for improved health care and funds vital research
Hypnotherapy Directory is an online directory of UK Hypnotherapists with information listed on the areas of Hypnotherapy covered fees, training and qualifications. The service is free, confidential and easy to use.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK charity that works to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer. Macmillan offers life support by providing the expert care and practical support that makes a difference to people living with cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer UK
Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning and research. Their website contains comprehensive up to date information on the treatment and care of pancreatic cancer as well as signs and symptoms www.pancreaticccancer.org.uk. They also run a confidential Support Line staffed by Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Specialists who can provide individual specialist information and pancreatic cancer – Freephone 0808 801 0707 or email@example.com
The Pelican Cancer Foundation
The Pelican Cancer Foundation seeks to improve survival and quality of life of patients with cancers of the pelvic region and liver through the application of precision surgery. It enables improvements of treatment through education and research.
Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI)
The Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) was founded in 1958 and is the professional organisation for dietitians in Ireland, representing over 700 members who work in many areas of healthcare.
Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC)
The ISCC is a patient support group for people who are living with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD), also their families and friends. Founded in 1984, the charity provides information and support, and organises public meetings nationwide at which lectures are given by gastroenterologists, surgeons, dieticians and other healthcare professionals.
Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA)
The IPNA is a professional membership association of Practice Nurses. The main objective of the association is the advancement of education in general practice in Ireland by promoting and assisting nurses in further education programmes and to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on developments in the general Practice Nursing field in order to promote the highest standards of care to benefit the community.