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10 February 2022

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals launch national training programme to improve treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has launched a national training programme to improve early and effective treatment of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a medical emergency involving vomiting and bleeding from the stomach which can lead to high mortality of patients. The incidence of acute UGIB in the UK ranges between 84-172 per 100,000 per year, causing 50 -70,000 hospital admissions each year.

The programme, which was developed in line with the British Society of Gastroenterology’s Endoscopy Quality Improvement (BSGEQIP) Project Initiative, aims to improve early and effective treatment of UGIB to reduce mortality and the length of hospital stay for patients.

Mo Thoufeeq, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Yorkshire lead for BSGEQIP said:

“The course has been developed to improve the knowledge, procedural skills and confidence in the management of an acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding for patients across the UK. Initial feedback has been extremely positive, and I am thankful to my fellow faculty members, the team from the Northern General Hospital Medical Education Centre and the clinical team for their support.”

The first training course took place in December 2021 at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with 22 delegates from across the UK, 15 faculty participants and support from national industry experts. Further courses will take place across the year.


PHOTO: Mo Thoufeeq with delegates on the training course

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