Find an IBD Nurse Specialist

Use our map to search for your local specialist services for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

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This map is not fully comprehensive and the inclusion of a hospital is not an endorsement of their services. If your local service is not on the map, they may have chosen not to publish their contact details. Your IBD team are the best people to contact as they will have details of your condition and treatment plan, and you should be provided with details of how to contact them. Due to the coronavirus pandemic advice line opening times may vary.

Advice Lines

If a patient becomes unwell between appointments, many IBD services across the UK provide an advice line they can call for help. 

The advice lines are usually run by IBD Nurse Specialists who can provide expert support and advice about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Use the links below to find out more and search for your local advice line.

How do advice lines work?

They’re usually a telephone answering service or email address where a patient can leave a message requesting help and someone will respond to them as soon as possible.

What are advice lines for?

They're for IBD patients who:

  • Are having a flare-up or worried about adverse symptoms
  • Are in between appointments
  • Need advice direct from an IBD Nurse Specialist 

They shouldn’t be used:

  • In an emergency / as an emergency contact
  • To arrange or change routine appointments
  • For more general information about IBD

For more general information about Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), patients can contact the Crohn's & Colitis UK Helpline.

Who runs the advice lines?

Advice lines are usually run by IBD Nurse Specialists, but other members of the local IBD team (e.g. doctors or trained administrative staff) may answer them too.

IBD Nurse Specialists have advanced knowledge of IBD and they can assess and advise patients over the phone. They may also help organise appointments if they think they’re needed.

What to do in an emergency

If the problem is urgent, or the IBD advice line is unavailable, patients should contact their GP or out-of-hours service.

Out of hours services differ slightly in each UK country:

  • England: ring 111 or go to the NHS England website.
  • Scotland: ring 111 or go to the NHS 24 website.
  • Wales: call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 - If you live in the Swansea, Neath or Bridgend areas you can access NHS Direct Wales via 111.
  • Northern Ireland: go to the HSCNI website.