Dr Purushothaman Premchand

Dr Premchand is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and also the Endoscopy Lead of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust (BHRT). He works predominantly at the new Queen's Hospital in Romford. The BHRT Gastroenterology Unit consists of ten gastroenterologists and ten surgeons and is a major centre for gastroenterology. Dr Premchand received his MBBS from Kerala University in 1988, his MD from Mangalore University in 1992, and his UK MRCP in 1994.

In a recent gastroenterology initiative, Dr Premchand has set up his Department at Queen's as a tertiary referral centre for treating the more difficult cases of Irritable Bowel Disease (Refractory IBDAn abbreviation for inflammatory bowel disease, a group of inflammatory conditions of the intestine. The two major forms are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.). This means that other secondary care Gastroenterologists will refer patients to him for specific types of treatment including Granulocute Apheresis (for which he is very much the UK pioneer), for those patients in refractory IBD. His own series of colonic and oesophageal stents are one of the largest in the world and he has been involved with several major international publications on interventional treatment in gastrointestinal (GIgastrointestinal) malignancies.

Dr Premchand has also taken a lead with the introduction of latest 'painless colonoscopy' procedures in the UK, and he is also Medical Director of Waters Edge Recovery International in Kerala.

Personal treatment philosophy: To give utmost care and satisfaction to my patients without compromising safety.

  • How can you treat chronically active Crohn’s disease?

    Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Purushothaman answers the following question from a totalhealth visitor:

  • Prune Juice FAQs

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    In addition to the article by Dr Premchand here is a useful summary of some relevant studies into the health benefits of prunes that have been published in the medical literature.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease - A New Treatment

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    Inflammatory bowelA common name for the large and/or small intestines. disease (IBDAn abbreviation for inflammatory bowel disease, a group of inflammatory conditions of the intestine. The two major forms are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.) is the name given to a collection of otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the digestive system, and which includes ulcerative colitisA form of inflammatory bowel disease causing inflammation and ulceration of the colon. (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). It is a recurrent chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes. disorder, and neither the process by which it originates and develops nor the precise effects of the disease on the body are completely known, however it is thought that they involve both geneticRelating to the genes, the basic units of genetic material. and environmental factors. 

  • Digestive Health and Prune Juice - The Natural Way

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    There is general agreement amongst health professionals that a healthy diet, regular exercise, a good intake of water and less stressRelating to injury or concern. will all contribute to self-managed digestive health, but what if you are finding it difficult to get the right balance of these factors? Fibre is not a new phenomenon, and there has long been an awareness that unrefined foods can help to promote health and longevity. Research has been ongoing, but despite this more and more fibre-depleted foods have found their way into our diets. Your lifestyle, age and health issues may mean that maintaining a well balanced diet and being active are not always possible.

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