We are working with Lincoln County Hospital to deliver the Lincolnshire Poacher Study.
This study is looking at a formal investigation pathway for patients with possible Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to see if a nurse-led diagnostic pathway is better than our current systems for diagnosis. Anyone who has new symptoms consistent with diarrhoea-predominant or mixed-type (ie diarrhoea and constipation) IBS could be eligible.
To take part you must be:
- over 18 years old
- Able to read and understand English
- Able to give informed consent
- Taking no prescribed treatment for your symptoms
To take part you must not have:
- unexplained weight loss, rectal bleeding, fever, anaemia, abdominal or pelvic mass (these are symptoms of more serious pathology so you should definitely let us know so we can arrange appropriate tests)
- Previous specialist referral or investigations for your symptoms
- Had abdominal surgery (appendicectomy, hernia repairs and diagnostic laparoscopies without intervention are allowed)
- Past history of cancer
- Consultation in the last 5 years with any health professional for abnormal abdominal symptoms
- Pregnancy at the start of the study
If you’re interested in the study, please send an askmyGP in the usual way.