North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust launches a new pancreas and HPB service

Professor Canelo

Professor Canelo

A NEW specialist surgery service is launching at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for patients with benign (non-cancerous) diseases of the liver, biliary system and pancreas.

This is the first time pancreas and hepato pancreato biliary (HPB) surgery will be offered by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. Professor Ruben Canelo (left), consultant in general and hepato pancreato biliary surgery is pioneering the service.

Originally from Italy, he trained in Germany and worked for more than 10 years at Imperial College, London.

He is a professor of surgery, specialising in oncology and transplantation and is leading the programme for education and for F1/F2 trainee doctors since arriving in North Cumbria as well as conducting clinical research in surgery.

The new multi-disciplinary service provides a team of experienced surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, anaesthetists, intensive care physicians, nurse specialists and dieticians, all dedicated to providing the best care for every patient.

There is also a new team of HPB clinical nurse specialists who can provide advice and support on all aspects of patient care, from the point of diagnosis throughout the treatment and to follow-up care.

The Trust treated 410 pancreatitis patients over the last two years and performed more than 470 cholecystectomies, bile duct explorations and benign liver pathologies.

The new service means there will be a wider variety of treatments on offer as well as research opportunities where the Trust can contribute to an increased knowledge of HPB conditions.

Professor Canelo, said: “It is exciting to be able to bring my experience to the Trust and enable us to offer a new service to our patients. Patient care is the reason we are all here. The aim of the NHS is to offer a first-class service to patients and hopefully, both through teaching and my own clinical work, this new surgery will help further improve our patient care.”