This page was last updated: May 5th, 2022
We have close links with the South West Liver Unit in Plymouth and with the Liver unit at Kings College Hospital London with regard to liver transplantation. Surgery is carried out by the upper GI surgeons in Cornwall or the hepatobiliary surgical team in Plymouth.
We also work closely with the drug and alcohol services to help patients withdraw from alcohol safely and efficiently.
We are dedicated to providing first-class hepatology care and continually improving the service we provide our patients. As part of this we have committed to an ongoing programme of service and quality improvement for accreditation with the national Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS) programme.
The IQILS accreditation programme works with liver services across the UK to improve the quality of care. We are pleased to report that in April 2022 were awarded by the IQILS service accreditation having demonstrated that we meet best practice quality standards covering all aspects of a liver service, including person-centred care, clinical care and the workforce. We are only the 6th liver service in the UK to be awarded accreditation for our comprehensive liver service.
We provide patients with the following investigative services:
We usually admit patients through the Acute Medical Unit and we look after patients who are coming in for procedures such as percutaneous biliary intervention (for a blocked bile duct) or TACE (for liver tumours).
We assist the Emergency Department and wards on a daily basis with affective patient care plans, signposting, referrals and updates to community support services and safe discharges. We can also provide telephone support to community hospitals.
For patients who develop alcohol withdrawal and associated complications, ALT will provide clinical treatments plans with regular input and advice.
The team will also support relatives of patients and staff members in confidence.
We work alongside multi-disciplinary teams who monitor the hospital high intensity user group and provide frequent attender care management plans for patients who regularly present to hospital due to alcohol misuse. This provides relevant information and advice regarding care, community input and discharge plans that can be accessed by all clinical staff.
Supportive Documentation Links
Hannah Le Ruez – Alcohol Specialist Nurse
Toni Edwards – Alcohol Liaison Team Lead
Jenna Davies – Alcohol Liaison Health Promotion Specialist
Rebecca Andrew – Alcohol Specialist Nurse
Jane Halford – Alcohol Specialist Nurse
Contact the RCHT Alcohol Liaison Team on
07557 215449 / 07557 215450
Our service includes input from doctors, rehabilitation units, detoxification services, probation services and housing providers.
You may have been referred to us through your GP, our jaundice hotline clinic or acute hospital admissions.
Our team includes hepatology staff, endoscopists, HBP cancer nurses and oncologists. We work closely with the HBP team at Derriford Hospital, and meet weekly to discuss patients who could benefit from curative therapy.
Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.
|Royal Cornwall Hospital (Face to face)||Thursday||2pm|
|Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital (Face to face)||Thursday||1.30pm|
Our jaundice hotline clinics are for patients with acute jaundice
The clinic allows us to assess and manage your jaundice in one day. After your GP has referred you, we’ll aim to see you within two weeks.
|Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro (Face to face)||Tuesday||2pm|
|Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital (Face to face)||Thursday||2pm|
|Monday||No Clinics – Ad Hoc Community Work||No Clinics – Ad Hoc Community Work|
|Tuesday||No Clinics||No Clinics|
|Wednesday||Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro 9am – 12:15pm
West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance 10am – 12:15pm
|No PM RCH
West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance 1:30 – 3:30pm
|Thursday||St Austell Community Hospital (Penrice) 9:30am – 12:30pm||St Austell Community Hospital (Penrice) 2pm – 4pm|
|Friday||No Clinic||Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro 1:30 – 16:15pm|
If you have an accumulation of fluid in your abdomen, it may need to be drained using a procedure called paracentesis (or abdominal tap).
We do paracentesis as day surgery, so unless you’re already staying in hospital, you won’t need to stay overnight.
During a paracentesis a small drainage tube is placed through the skin into the fluid. You’ll be given a local anaesthetic before the drain is put in. The nurse will then use ultrasound to guide the tube into place. The drain stays in place for around six hours.
Day-case paracentesis takes place at the Medical Day Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Monday to Friday.
We run a number of endoscopy clinics to assess and treat conditions such as gastrointestinal bleeding, jaundice due to malignancy or gallstone disease or bile duct and pancreatic disease.
You can find out more about the different procedures in these patient information leaflets:
If you need more information or to change your appointment, please call 01872 252616 between 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
The clinic takes place at the Medical Day Unit at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on Thursdays.
Dr Bill Stableforth
Secretary to Dr Stableforth: Lorraine Cary, Medical Secretary
Secretary to Liz Farrington: Jo Stonehouse, Team Coordinator/Medical Secretary
Secretary to Keely Lane: Helen Russell, Medical Secretary
Secretary: Helen Russell, Medical Secretary
Secretary: no secretary allocation
phone calls to 07407 262175
Lee Derrick, hospital outreach team (We Are With You – Addaction)
07557 215449 or 07557 215450
Dr Andrew Edwards
Dr Richard Morse
Dr Angie Rodgers
Dr Rhys Llewelyn
Dr Tom Cav
Dr Richard Ellis
Dr Charlotte Thompson
Dr Caroline Campbell
We specifically focus on fatty liver disease, autoimmune liver disease and Hepatitis E infection.
We’re also taking part in an ongoing national study (CALIBRE Study) about the prevention of bleeding from enlarged veins in the oesophagus (varices). It’s funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
For further information about our clinical trials research please contact Amanda Datson, Research Project Manager on 01872 256420 or read more about how to get involved with clinical research in Cornwall.