The site offers information on the services offered by Northshore Center for Gastroenterology, information for patients who believe they might need to visit the center, and contact information for the center. The site outlines Center for Gastroenterologys approach to treating patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Living with complex gastrointestinal disease, especially those diseases that are chronic such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, and intestinal failure, is often a difficult proposition for the patient and their family. Other problems such as difficulty or painful swallowing, abdominal pain, too much gas, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and/or diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and rectal bleeding are no less troubling. These days, patients also have a high degree of sophistication about their conditions and expect through evaluation and treatment, so Northshore Center for Gastroenterology and Nutrition involves patients, their families, and the referring physician in the decision-making process. Also on the site is a detailed description of the facilities operated by the Center for Gastroenterology. The Center for Gastroenterology and Nutrition is committed to providing the Chicago area with a full complement of digestive disease services. Their board-certified physicians and specially trained staff deliver the highest quality care to patients in Chicagoland and beyond. Labs at the Center for Gastroenterology use state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to ensure early diagnosis and prevention, as well as treatment of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, many types of cancers, and other disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, and rectum. Northshore Center for Gastroenterologys Web site was designed by Linkpoint Media, a Bourbonnais, Illinois-based Web design company specializing in sites for small businesses and nonprofits. Linkpoint Media has also designed sites for Reach a Village, Jimmy Jo’s Barbeque, and the Kankakee chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Find them online at linkpointmedia.com. Submitted by:Ian Matthews Disclaimer: Pressbox disclaims any inaccuracies in the content contained in these releases.
Klaus Schiller: Pioneering physician and gastroenterologist
His professional achievement was to pioneer, against concerted opposition, the use in Britain of endoscopes in gastroenterological investigations. But his seriousness of purpose, his commitment to the scientific method, and his broad cultural, social and family interests all spoke of a milieu and way of life that has all but disappeared. Klaus Schiller was born in Vienna in 1927 to Walter, a gynaecologist, and Berta, the daughter of an industrialist. Following the Anschluss in 1938, his comfortable childhood was interrupted by enforced emigration and he was sent, with his sister, Verena, to England. Within a few days and with hardly a word of English, he found himself at boarding school in Bishop’s Stortford. He always denied that this uprooting was traumatic and agreed with his friend, the late Professor Peter Scheuer, that “the best thing that ever happened to us was to come to England.” Klaus’s parents and grandparents soon followed and he was sent to Clifton College. In 1945 he gained an Exhibition to read medicine at Queen’s College, Oxford a city that was important to him throughout his life. In 1948, he won a scholarship to the London Hospital, completing his clinical training in December 1951. He was appointed to two house officer posts at the London, and served two years national service, mostly as a medical specialist. After a clutch of junior positions elsewhere, he returned to the London as a registrar. He was appointed senior registrar at the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1962 and in 1966 received his doctorate. Eager to become a consultant, he spent a happy year at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Returning to Oxford, Dr Schiller worked with his mentor and lifelong friend Dr Sidney Truelove. They undertook an in-depth survey of haematemesis and melaena, and the risky abdominal surgical interventions that were undertaken as a result. Truelove had acquired the first flexible fibre-optic gastroscope capable of taking biopsies under direct vision, and together they pioneered its early use.
Gastroenterology experts call for 24-hour service in all UK hospitals
The call comes after a UK-wide audit from the society revealed that nearly half of UK hospitals do not provide an out-of-hours endoscopy service, despite 60% of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding episodes occurring out of normal working hours. According to the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), more than 700 lives could be saved each year if all hospitals offered a 24-hour service. Addressing a meeting at Number 11, Downing Street yesterday to raise awareness of gastroenterological conditions, BSG president, professor Chris Hawkey, said: Our audit has shown that about 80,000 patients a year are admitted with gastrointestinal bleeding, which has an 8% mortality rate. Yet only 55% of trusts at the moment provide a comprehensive out-of-hours GI bleeding service we need to get this to 100%, he added. The BSG is also calling for six new standards of care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease to be implemented by all UK commissioners by October 2010. Readers’ comments (1) Anonymous | 26-Jun-2009 8:24 pm The B.S.G. is correct in calling for a 24/7 service. In my experience, during almost 20 years of endoscopy nursing, most bleeds and other emergencies occurred outside of the normal working day. The equipment is available and I believe that the service should be funded. Patients deserve prompt effective diagnosis and treatment.