Colorectal services

Colorectal services are involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bowel; the colon, rectum and anus. We have a multidisciplinary team approach enabling us to provide patients with the expert care they need.

Lincoln County Hospital

We diagnose and treat patients with a variety of bowel disorders including cancer of the colon, rectum and anus, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohns and ulcerative colitis), diverticular disease and people who suffer with faecal incontinence or a prolapse. We also provide services for the diagnosis and treatment of haemorrhoids (piles), fissures and fistulas.

The colorectal team is made up of the following professionals:

  • Colorectal surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Oncologists – for patient who have bowel cancer
  • Radiologists
  • Histopathologists
  • Specialist nurses – e.g. bowel screening nurses, nurse endoscopists, colorectal and stoma nurses, inflammatory bowel nurses and Macmillan nurses
  • Research staff
  • Cancer tracking staff and administration support staff.

Many diagnostic tests and some treatments are carried out on an outpatient basis or as a day case. More complex treatments require an inpatient stay and may also involve a period of time in our intensive care (ICU) or high dependency unit (HDU).

We have an established enhanced recovery programme for our elective patients undergoing major bowel resection surgery.

A number of services are available across the Trust sites with the oncology unit being based at Lincoln County Hospital.

We want our patients to be healthy and be able to maintain and achieve the highest quality of life possible. Minimally invasive surgical treatments, quality diagnostic equipment and a dedicated team approach help provide high-quality, cost-effective medical care with dignity and compassion.

Consultant surgeons

  • Mr. A. Barlow
  • Mr. N. Khan
  • Mr. S. Pillai
  • Mr. A. Shukla – multidisciplinary team lead
  • Mr S Thomas – who also operates at Grantham and District Hospital

Contacting the colorectal surgeons

You can contact the consultant surgeons via their secretaries through the hospital switchboard (01522 512 512) and ask the operator to put you through to the relevant consultant’s secretary.

Colorectal and stoma nurse specialist team

  • Jocelyn Fitzgerald, lead colorectal clinical nurse specialist
  • Helen Walker, colorectal clinical nurse specialist
  • Emma Taylor, colorectal nurse (part time)
  • Alison Smith, colorectal nurse (part time)
  • Myfanwy Green, colorectal nurse (part time)
  • Janice McNamara, admin support (part time)

Our nursing team offer support and care for patients undergoing bowel surgery. For patients who have a diagnosis of bowel cancer we act as the key worker, a point of contact and information source. When you have been told of a possible cancer diagnosis you may need to undergo several tests and investigations, if you have any queries or want to clarify information about what is happening you can contact the colorectal nursing team on the number below. If we do not know the answer to your query we will contact the necessary people and get back to you with the information you require.

Many of our patients may need to have a stoma (colostomy , ileostomy or urostomy for example) formed as part of their treatment. We teach people, and their carers if needed, how to look after the stoma and also offer support services after discharge from the hospital.

Contacting the colorectal / stoma nursing team

We work Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm and can be contacted on 01522 573776. If we are not in the office there is an answering message facility and we pick messages up throughout the day in between seeing our patients. We are based in clinic 6.

Outpatients department

We also offer limited cover on Saturdays and Sundays on the wards mainly teaching people how to care for their stoma (8am – 3.30pm) and can be contacted via the hospital switch board on 01522 512512 and ask the switchboard operator to bleep the colorectal/stoma nurse. You can also contact us via email

Local ileostomy support group

The Ileostomy Association (IA) is a local patient support group for patients with an ileostomy.
Contact: Paul Pyrah (secretary)
Tel : 01522 820154

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

The colorectal surgery department at Boston offers minimally invasive surgery for bowel cancer and other benign conditions affecting the bowel. It also offers the most up to date treatments for proctology conditions like haemorrhoids and fistulas, apart from general surgery conditions like hernias and gallstones.

Who are we?

A group of highly qualified, dedicated professionals who work closely together and meet weekly on a Friday morning to diagnose your illness, discuss treatment options and treatment plans and to decide the most appropriate treatment to offer you.

All patients are different and have different needs and are given individualised care planned with the patient as an integral part of the team.

The Team

Aims to provide the highest possible standard of care and support for you and your family.

The team may invite additional professionals to join them in their discussions about your illness, if they believe that this will benefit your treatment and progress.

Who’s Who

Mr S Zaidi: Colorectal Consultant Surgeon, lead clinician for the colorectal MDT – undertakes laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery

Mr Rao: Colorectal Consultant Surgeon – undertakes laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery

Mr Rathore: Colorectal Consultant Surgeon – undertakes laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery

Mr Tennakoon: Colorectal Consultant Surgeon – undertakes laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery

Mr Ortonowski: Consultant Colonoscopist

Dr P Sanganalmath: Clinical Oncologist

Dr Sankey: Consultant Histopathologist with special interest in gastrointestinal pathology

Dr Butt: Consultant Radiologist

Ian Harrison: MDT Co-ordinator

Sarah White: MDT Co-ordinator

Colorectal Cancer specialist nursing team

Sally Nightingale: Senior Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Felicity Cooper: Senior Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Debra Pycock, Sarah Hill, Julia Chance, Michelle Allbrook:  Colorectal Clinic Nurse Specialists

Michelle Furnell: Colorectal Administrator

Based at Pilgrim Hospital Telephone 01205 446466. There is an answer phone which picks up messages 24 hours a day.

Other nurse specialists who may be involved in your treatment are:

Karen Metcalf – Specialist Screening Practitioner and Vicky Sherbourne – Research nurse

The above details of the Boston multidisciplinary team can be downloaded as a printable PDF below.

Leaflets and useful information

ULHT-LFT-0906 Colorectal Cancer MDT Pilgrim v9To view a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader.