Rectal Bleeding

If you have rectal bleeding, or bleeding from the bottom, you may see small amounts of bright-red blood after going to the toilet.

Often this can be caused by a swollen blood vessel or a small tear around the anus but you should always get rectal bleeding checked by a doctor to rule out more serious causes.

Treating Rectal Bleeding at IPSA

At the IPSA clinic, our resident doctor will see you in a clean and quiet environment. We can offer immediate appointments at a time to suit you.

The doctor will give you a full consultation to discuss all your symptoms and a thorough examination to exclude any serious causes for the symptoms.

We may recommend a full blood screen to rule out other conditions like coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel or thyroid disorders. We can carry out your tests immediately and we will discuss the results with you on a one-to-one basis.

During your consultation at IPSA, we will discuss different methods of treatment for your symptoms and go thorough diet and management at home, as well as lifestyle changes you can make to minimise your symptoms.

Depending on your symptoms, we may offer a range of medications to help control them.

If you need any further advice or support during your recovery, our doctor will be available by phone on a seven-day basis.

We can offer you a sick note during your consultation to cover absences from work if necessary.

Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding can indicate gastroenteritis, a viral or bacterial infection of the stomach and bowel, or diverticula, which is when small bulges form in the lining of your lower bowel.

It may also be a sign of early-stage bowel cancer, but other factors will also be present for the doctor to think you’re at risk. If you have rectal bleeding along with any of the following, our doctor may refer you to a specialist:

  • You are aged 40 or older and have passed looser or more frequent stools for the last six weeks.
  • You are aged 60 or older and the bleeding has lasted for six weeks or more.
  • Your GP has found an abnormality, such as a lump, after examining you.
  • You also have anaemia, a reduced number of red blood cells.
  • You have a family history of bowel cancer
  • You have ulcerative colitis.

Contact IPSA for an appointment and full examination today. Alternatively, book online for a same-day consultation.

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