Young woman at work as receptionist and nurse in hospital and talking on the phone

My name is Florence and I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and have been seeing many newly diagnosed IBD patients and patients with a diagnosis stemming over many years.

I encourage my patients to ask any questions even if they feel may be trivial as it is important for you to understand how this disease can affect your health and social wellbeing & how our role as IBD Nurses can help in any situation.

You may want to know more about the following:

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Is there a cure?
How does this disease affect my family & social life?
Is food / diet a contributory factor?
Can stress worsen my condition?
Will I need to take medication for the rest of my life?
What type of treatments are available?
Can this affect fertility and pregnancy?
What is the difference between Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease?
Will I need surgery?
Will surgery cure my illness?
What symptoms do I need to be aware of?
When can I stop my treatment?
Will I require investigations such as a colonoscopy if I am well?
How often will I need to be reviewed?
Whom do I contact if I feel unwell?
Do I get a discount on my prescriptions?
Availability of public facilities.
Travelling & travel insurance.

There may be questions obviously more specific to your case and treatment plan.

Email us at and we will put you in touch with Florence who will be happy to contact you to discuss any queries you may have.

About the author

Florence Chariah

Florence Chariah
IBD clinical nurse specialist

The Crohn's and Colitis Charity


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