Gastroenterology and hepatology in pregnancy

When and where

11 December 2017
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LE

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Gastroenterology and hepatology in pregnancy

This conference will cover both common ailments associated with pregnancy as well as those patients with ongoing gut and liver conditions who become pregnant.

Gastrointestinal conditions can be a concern to manage in pregnant patients. This educational day will enable physicians and obstetricians to manage common complaints as well as being confident in when to refer to specialist centres for more complicated co-morbidity, enabling the teams looking after these women more support during their pregnancy.


Programme organiser: Dr Coral Hollywood, British Society of Gastroenterology

The programme will focus on gastroenterology and pregnancy in the morning with hepatology-specific conditions in the afternoon covering: 

  • management of constipation in pregnancy
  • looking after the pregnant patient with inflammatory bowel disease
  • alcohol excess in pregnancy
  • treating viral hepatitis in pregnancy.

A full programme can be found below. 

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Dr Rushdy Beden, Furness General Hospital

Who should attend?

  • obstetricians
  • gastroenterologists
  • hepatologists
  • GPs
  • nurse specialists
  • specialist registrars.

RCP events

The RCP runs a comprehensive programme of conferences on a wide range of topics, offering delegates:

  • cutting-edge clinical education
  • CPD credits, helping delegates to prepare for revalidation
  • opportunities to network
  • updated skills and knowledge.


Please find below the presentations from the day. Please note, if there is a presentation missing, RCP does not have the permissions to share the content.


Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Pregnancy, 11 December 2017

Programme organiser:  Dr Coral Hollywood, British Society of Gastroenterology

09.30          Registration and coffee

09.55          Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Jane Dacre, president, Royal College of Physicians

Session 1: Common gastroenterological problems in pregnancy

Chair: Dr Nick Thompson, Freeman Hospital

10.00          Large bowel problems - Dr Anton Emmanuel, University College London Hospitals

10.30          Nausea and vomiting - Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust                    

11.00          Coffee

Session 2: Gastroenterological disease in pregnancy

Chair: Dr Nick Thompson, Freeman Hospital

11.20          Inflammatory bowel disease - Dr Christian Selinger, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

11.50          Abdominal pain - Dr Alex Di Mambro, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

12.20          Gastro-oesophageal reflux - Dr Nigel Trudgill, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

12.50          Lunch


Session 3: Hepatological problems in pregnancy

Chair: Dr Coral Hollywood, British Society of Gastroenterology

13.50          Chronic liver disease - Dr Rachel Westbrook, The Royal Free Hospital 

14.20          Cholestasis in pregnancy - Professor Catherine Williamson, King’s College London 

14.50          Viral hepatitis - Dr Ashley Brown, Imperial College London 

15.20          Tea

Session 4: Newly diagnosed hepatology in pregnancy

Chair: Dr Coral Hollywood, British Society of Gastroenterology

15.40          Abnormal liver function tests - Dr Deepak Joshi, Kings College Hospital

16.10          Alcohol exposure in pregnancy: levels of risk and types of outcome - Dr Raja Mukherjee, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

16.40          Closing remarks by the chair

16.45          Close of the conference