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Monday 22 July 2019
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Patient Stories

Please take time to read our patient stories and testimonials.


The latest story will appear at the top of this page.



  • Laura Duran Smith Laura Duran SmithIn January 2018 I was rushed into theatre at my local hospital for what became lifesaving surgery. I had been struggling with abdominal and back pain for a while but it was put down to me being in the third trimester of my pregnancy at the time.
  • Kieron Murray Kieron MurrayIn February 2017, I began to develop pains in my stomach and was admitted to my local NHS hospital. It was there that I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my bowel and I remained in hospital for 5 weeks. After this time I was referred to a more specialist centre the Intestinal Failure Unit (IFU), located at Salford Royal.
  • Marilyn McDermott Marilyn McDermottI came to this unit on 12 December 2017 after spending 10 weeks in a general surgical ward at North Manchester General Hospital. I was transferred to Salford Royal onto H8 and immediately I noticed key differences in my treatment.
  • Lee Hayhurst Lee HayhurstI was initially diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 15 years old. At first the symptoms were not too bad, I had regular flare ups which would usually get resolved with steroid treatment. However, when I turned 18 I became much more ill.
  • Paul Flemming Paul FlemmingI developed Crohns Disease at age 16 in 1968, for which I was originally treated at a hospital in Manchester. Over the years I have had many resections, ending up with an ileostomy being formed in 1988. Three years later my rectal stump was removed in 1991 in Leeds.
  • Paul Martin Paul MartinIn 2005 I was admitted into my local NHS Trust where I underwent my first operation for a total colectomy. Unfortunately, the recovery took a while as I had vasculitis of the bowel but luckily I was back in work 6 months later. I was a postman at the time, so extra care had to be taken to ensure I was on light duties but on my return to work and I found having a bag uncomfortable.
  • Julie Watmough Julie WatmoughUpon my initial diagnosis of Crohn's disease I was assured that I should be free from surgery for a number of years; however nine months later I found myself in the hospital undergoing my first operation.
  • Richard RichardI was first diagnosed with Crohns disease when I was 18 years old and had just started studying at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I had to return home and was admitted into my local hospital. My Crohns proved to be very virulent and within three months of diagnosis I had an ileostomy.
  • Karen McCormick Karen McCormickWhen I was 26 years old, I suffered a period of weight loss and bleeding and after referral to my local hospital I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I had an operation to remove my bleeding bowel and quite quickly encountered complications.
  • Pauline Toms Pauline TomsI was first identified as having gastrointestinal difficulties in Scotland and had my colon removed there 3 and a half years ago. There was no appropriate follow up and I was looking for a service that would meet my needs as it appeared to me that Scotland's response was to let me go home to die.
  • Mark Rogers Mark RogersI was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and had my first operation to remove my large bowel at my local trust, followed by a diagnosis of Crohn's disease over 20 years ago. I had another six or seven operations after this and each time I had surgery my condition got progressively worse.
  • Enid Winston Enid WinstonI was initially diagnosed with Crohn's Disease on New Year's Eve in 2009 at my local hospital. I had suffered from tummy trouble for some time and had undergone lots and lots of tests prior to my diagnosis... read more