Enhancing care for young patients
We know how important it is for medical professionals to have access to the latest specialist equipment so they can deliver the best care possible. So, we worked with The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow to fund up to date medical equipment including a scope guide (which would not be available at all without our support), gastroscope and a capsule endoscope.
The advanced equipment means investigations can be carried out faster, so patients spend less time in any discomfort, more patients can be treated, and their waiting time for tests is reduced. Clinicians also have access to much improved images which means more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Being presented with a case of childhood IBD is rare outside of specialist centres, and so a GP will often see only two instances in the entire time they practice. Plus, typical symptoms aren’t always present, and so accurately diagnosing the type of IBD a patient has can be challenging and can affect treatment success.
Thanks to funding from the foundation, an app has been developed, which improves diagnosis in more complicated cases by taking note of 23 different features of a patient’s IBD. The app then amalgamates the information and provides a precise diagnosis so medical professionals can determine the most effective course of treatment.
The ‘PIBD classes’ app is free to download for medical professionals, and since its launch at the World Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease meeting in Barcelona, it’s already improving diagnosis in patients across the world.
Funding for a second app is helping clinicians treat patients more successfully. By accurately assessing how active Crohn’s disease is in a patient, they can choose the right treatment. It also means that healthcare workers can share how good or bad the disease is at any point in time, helping improve the management of the disease.
“I am proud to say we offer a world class service in IBD care that would not be possible without the breadth and depth of support we receive from the Foundation.”
Professor Richard Russell
Enabling crucial research
Researchers at Glasgow Royal Infirmary desperately needed a vital piece of kit to make their studies possible. Funding for an HPLC machine helped researchers understand how the bowel reacts to different substances in the diet by assessing which chemicals they produced in stools. The project supported the development of the CD Treat Diet and continues to help with its development.