Upper Gastro Intestinal GI

University Hospitals' upper GI cancer service provides surgery, oncology (chemotherapy/radiotherapy) and palliative treatments for people with oesophageal, gastric, pancreatic and biliary cancers. The team also provides surgical treatment for patients from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Wolverhampton and Leighton Hospital. Endoscopic ultrasound scans, staging Laparoscopy  and PET scans for staging are also carried out at University Hospitals.

About the serv​​ice

University Hospitals employs a multidisciplinary team who will treat and care for you throughout your journey. The team consists of upper GI surgeons, gastroenterologists, consultant oncologists, consultant histopathologists, consultant radiologists, specialist dieticians, and a clinical nurse specialist. Having the input of staff from a variety of clinical backgrounds helps give a rounded, complete view of each patient's case, and therefore results in better care.

We understand the complex emotions and pressures that come with a cancer diagnoses and the subsequent treatment. We therefore take every measure possible to ensure you are made as comfortable as possible during your treatment.  For example, we have:

  • Special Counselling Rooms:  These are rooms where we can speak to you in peace, away from the hubbub of the wards. You will usually be taken here whilst given your diagnosis, so that you can concentrate properly on what is being said to you, and discuss sensitive matters in private with your clinician. A consultant will sit with you and explain your diagnosis, along with possible treatment options. They will be accompanied by a clinical nurse specialist, who is there to support you and talk to you about your feelings. 

  • Private Appointments: We have a facility which allows you to book a private appointment with your doctor/consultant. The quiet rooms can be reserved for this purpose, and your family and friends are welcome to attend as well. A nurse will book the appointment for you on request.

Local suppo​rt groups

  • The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre - Email macmillancentre@uhns.nhs.uk

  • The Swallows is a local support group (chaired by Wendy Bostock) aimed at those patients/spouse/carers who are either due to have oesophageal or gastric surgery or have recently had surgery for their cancer. The Swallows can be contacted at swallowsuhns@yahoo.com. Or visit their site on www.swallows-uhns.co.uk

Clinical te​am

Upper GI Surge​​ons

  • Mr CVN Cheruvu

  • Mr W Crisp

  • Mr D Corless

  • Mr M Deakin

  • Mr D Durkin

  • Mr D Beardsmore

  • Miss A Rotundo
  • Visiting Surgeons Mr F Curran (from New Cross Hospital) and Mr D Corless ( from Leighton Hospital)

Gastroent​erologists

  • Dr S Sen
  • Dr A Brind
  • Dr J Green
  • Dr R Glass
  • Dr F Leslie
  • Dr A Bohan
  • Dr K Lau
  • Dr R Ramakrishnan
  • Dr S Hebbar

Consultant ​Oncologists

  • Dr A Jamil
  • Dr C Connolly

Clinical Nurse Specialists

The clinical nurse specialists for upper GI cancer are Lyn Walker and Emma Kidd. Lyn and Emma's role is to provide constant support to each patient as they progress through their care pathway. They will take you through each step of your journey and are dedicated to providing each patient with a personal service. 

They can provide written information on conditions, explain treatments and are there to answer any questions you may have. The clinical nurse specialist works in partnership with the community Macmillan team to ensure that, where appropriate, referrals to other services are made. Through Lyn and Emma, you will be able to access:

  • Up to date clinical information, for example through discussion, or through distribution of patient information leaflets and booklets
  • Practical advice and answers to your questions
  • Emotional support
  • Referral to other services (if appropriate) such as to community groups
  • Advice and help with issues on Oesophageal Stents

 You can also discuss a variety of issues or be signposted onto relevant other healthcare professionals for advice (depending on their relevancy to you) including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy
  • Other Support Services including social services, home and hospice care
  • Emotional and Psychological support and counselling
  • Symptom Management
  • Fatigue Management
  • Employment, benefits/financial entitlement, driving and holiday travel
  • Help with Adaptations for the Home/Environmental Aids
  • Medications
  • Local and national Support Groups
  • Contact Point for other member so the team

Paged via Hospital Switchboard): 01782 715444 or direct office telephone number 01782 674695 or Email:lyn.walker@uhns.nhs.uk  or emma.kidd@uhns.nhs.uk

Further information an​d support

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre will:

  • Listen to how cancer is affecting your life
  • Provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information
  • Put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counselling services, benefits advisers and support groups

The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

The address is:


The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre

University Hospitals of North Midlands

Ground Floor, Main Building, Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent, ST4 6QG

Call us on 01782 676333 or

e-mail us at macmillancentre@uhns.nhs.uk

Please note, we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names.


If you are making a special journey, please ring to make an appointment so you are not kept waiting