Ann trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and has over 25 years’ experience working within the field of colorectal nursing.
As a ward sister and Matron, Ann gained considerable experience of the medical and surgical management of a wide range of bowel conditions at St Mark’s Hospital, a world renowned centre of excellence. Since 2010, Ann has worked at The Royal London Hospital as a clinical nurse specialist, responsible for managing a caseload of patients who have Functional Bowel and Pelvic Floor disorders.
Ann has expertise in undertaking and interpreting specific diagnostic investigations and providing a detailed patient assessment to make clinical decisions as part of an individualised management plan to help treat patients who have difficulty with their bowel function.
Ann will discuss the types of problems that patients with a Functional Bowel disorder may have, including constipation or difficulty opening their bowels, needing to rush to the toilet or having poor control over bowel function. Once Ann has a detailed bowel history of the patient, she will review any previous investigations and then devise a personalised management plan. The plan will include dietary advice and, if necessary, medication review. Ann will also give advice on lifestyle, exercises to help effective bowel emptying and to strengthen the pelvic floor or anal sphincter muscles, and where appropriate the use of visual biofeedback using High Resolution Anal Manometry.
Ann provides advice and information to enable patients to understand their bowel condition and helps them to develop practical coping skills and strategies. Putting a management plan into practice requires determination but most people find that with continued effort and commitment they are able to manage their problem more effectively.
Some patients will only require one appointment whilst others will benefit from a course of appointments and this will be arranged with each patient.
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