Dr Catherine Anne McCune

Gastroenterology, General (internal) medicine

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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020

Specialises in

  • Endoscopy
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

About me

Having originally trained in London at University College Hospital Medical School, I spent my higher specialist training in the South West and Cardiff, where I was awarded an MD after research on an unusual genetic condition affecting the liver called hereditary haemochromatosis. I was appointed as a consultant in Bristol in 2005 and the majority of my clinical time is spent looking after patients with a wide variety of both common and unusual liver diseases.

Within my NHS practice I have or hold senior clinical managerial positions and am clinical lead for alcohol-related liver disease, autoimmune conditions and iron overload diseases. I have previously introduced an integrated alcohol service for patients with and without liver disease, improved patient pathways for upper gastrointestinal bleeding and introduced novel therapeutic endoscopy techniques to the trust. Non-invasive measurements of liver fibrosis are now increasingly available to patients with liver disease and this can reduce the need for liver biopsy in some liver diseases. My patients can access my expertise through Liver Health Clinics and elastrography (Fibroscan) where appropriate. Other services include endoscopic investigation (gastroscopy and colonoscopy), general gastroenterology investigations and general medicine.

My practice is holistic and underpinned by clinical effectiveness; the latter being a particular specialist interest. Currently, I am working on a national project with the Royal College of Physicians Accreditation Unit to develop and test an accreditation model for liver services. Public health promotion is also a particular passion and I work with and alongside a number of national and local organisations involved with the care of liver patients, as well as being an executive member of a national charity.

My research interests are broad and thus my patients are given the opportunity to participate in national and local research studies I run. These include studies on treatments for alcohol-related hepatitis, fatty liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy and refractory ascites.

Areas of interest

Endoscopic procedures; colonoscopy; flexible sigmoidoscopy; gastroscopy; Hepatology (all liver diseases including alcohol related, viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis complications, haemochromatosis); elastography (fibroscan); non-invasive tests for fobrosis; general gastroenterology conditions

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Procedures completed

  • G6500

    Diagnostic oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD) includes forceps biopsy, biopsy urease test and dye spray - (1-5)

    Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

  • H2002

    Diagnostic colonoscopy, includes forceps biopsy of colon and ileum - (1-5)

    Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

  • G8082

    Diagnostic oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD) and immediate colonoscopy includes forceps biopsies, biopsy test and dye spray (as sole procedure) - (1-5)

    Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

  • H2502

    Diagnostic flexible sigmoidoscopy (including forceps biopsy and proctoscopy) - (1-5)

    Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

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