Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is a common condition which will affect most of us at some point in our lives. When it occurs it often causes great concern to the patient and their family. Increased public awareness of bowel (colorectal) cancer has resulted in most patients being aware that rectal bleeding is one of the main symptoms of this condition. Although the vast majority of causes are simple (benign) it is crucial that a careful history is taken from the patient and proper examination performed. The phrase "if you don't put your finger in it you can put your foot in it" can sadly be very true when patients are not adequately assessed.

At the Institute a daily rapid access rectal bleeding clinic enables patients to be quickly assessed, treated and where appropriate arrangements made for colonoscopy to be performed. Investigations follow guidelines issued by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. Most patients can be assessed on a day-case basis after initial out-patient consultation with their colorectal surgeon.