Bowel Cancer Unit: A ‘two-surgeon approach’ for advanced colorectal cancer

The Wellington Hospital South , Wellington Place , St John's Wood, London, NW8 9LE

Welcome to The Bowel Cancer Unit

Based at The Wellington Hospital, The Bowel Cancer Unit offers a wide range of treatments for bowel disease. We offer both complex and conventional colorectal surgery including keyhole surgery for Crohn’s disease and diverticular disease. Our surgeons use the latest in diagnostic and treatment options, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME), robotic surgery and intraoperative radiotherapy.


Our Consultant Surgeons

Mr-Colin-Elton-General Surgeon

Mr Colin Elton

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon


Mr Daren Francis

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialising in every aspect of surgical care

  • Laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery for complex cancers
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei and colorectal peritoneal metastases with HIPEC cancer surgery
  • Surgery for recurrent colorectal cancers
  • Robotic colorectal surgery
  • Complex Crohn’s surgery
  • Complex diverticular disease surgery

Other services we offer include:

  • Ileoanal pouch surgery
  • Complex rectal prolapse service
  • Inflammatory bowel disease service 
  • Abdominal catastrophe service
  • Enterocutaneous  fistula surgery

What to expect when you visit our unit

At The Bowel Cancer Unit, our patients follow a detailed pathway, including multidisciplinary management from initial assessment, through to complex surgery and ongoing support from our clinical nurse specialist. 

Step 1 - patient present with GI symptoms for either benign or malignant GI disorders

Step 2 - contact our dedicated GI helpline on 0203 214 3420 or for International patients
contact +44 (0) 20 7483 5175

Step 3 - Consultant assessment

Step 4 - Link with GI Clinical Nurse Specialist
Step 5 - Patient case discussed at GI MDT

Step 6 - Consultant review with patient and discuss treatment options

Step 7 - Treatment plan agreed and may include Gastroenterology & Nutrition team, Oncology, Radiology, Surgery and Stoma Care.


The UK’s leading bowel disease experts – in one room

Our consultants and clinicians meet weekly to discuss complex patient cases. With one of the most established MDTs in the private sector, in our multidisciplinary team meeting our clinicians scrutinise evidence, review images and debate diagnosis and most appropriate treatment options for you.

Your case will be reviewed by a team that includes surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, histopathologists, and clinical nurse specialists. 
MDT is a shining example of good quality within the NHS: we’ve recognised that and adopted it, ensuring private practice leads the way in treating cancer patients.

Mr Colin Elton, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Episode 9 - Getting to know your bowels

If you want a good healthy bowel, you need to have a good healthy diet. What goes in comes out. It's as easy and as basic as that.
Mr Daren Francis

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Contact us

Contact our dedicated GI helpline. For International patients, contact +44 (0) 20 7483 5175.

0203 214 3420
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