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Wonderful donation

A charitable donation of £2,500 has been made to Poole Hospital’s inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) service to go towards a member of staff completing an advanced clinical practice course.

Nikki Eske, inflammatory bowel disease nurse specialist, is currently studying the two-year course at Bournemouth University, with a focus on treatment and management of IBD.

IBD is a term that is primarily used to describe two conditions - ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The two long-term conditions involve inflammation of the gut and symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, tiredness and weight loss.

The donation was made by the Dorset and West Hampshire branch of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, who raise money for the local IBD community to enhance patient experience.

Upon completion of the course, Nikki will be eligible for an advanced practitioner post and will be able to assess and treat patients in a clinic environment.

“It’s a wonderful donation that presents me with a fantastic chance to increase my skills and to learn more about IBD, said Nikki.

“The course is a natural progression for me as it’s an area that I’ve always wanted to specialise in.

“Although it will be me on the course, our patients will be gaining from it more than anybody.”

Peter Bond, chair of the Dorset and West Hampshire branch of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, said the charity chose to fund Nikki’s training to further support patient care.

“The charity's policy is that whatever we raise locally goes back into the local IBD community to help enhance patient experience,” said Peter.

“We chose Poole Hospital as it has a very active IBD department and we felt that contributing to Nikki’s training would be an extremely good idea.

“IBD is a little understood disease that many people haven’t heard of. Most patients don’t look ill, and many employers don’t realise that employees are ill so as well as raising funds, it’s about raising awareness and increasing education.”

The public is advised that if they have a change in bowel habit, you should see your GP to have it investigated.

If you would like to donate to the hospital’s IBD service, contact Poole Hospital Charity at fundraising@poole.nhs.uk, mentioning inflammatory bowel disease.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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