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Professor Damien Lynch

Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist


Practices at: The Beardwood Hospital

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Personal Profile

Professor Damien Lynch studied medicine at St Andrews University and Manchester Medical School qualifying in 1984. He worked as a House Officer for a year at Salford Royal and Hope Hospitals and then spent a further two years on a medical rotation at Blackburn Royal Infirmary and Queens Park Hospital. It was during this time he fell in love with East Lancashire and always vowed to return.

After twelve months experience as a trainee in General Practice in Bury he moved back into hospital medicine specialising in gastroenterology at South Manchester University Hospital. From there he was appointed to a registrar post in the internationally renowned Gastroenterology Unit, The General Infirmary at Leeds, under the tutelage of Professor Anthony Axon, where he subsequently became a research registrar.

In 1993 he was appointed Senior Registrar and worked with Dr Adrian Manning (international expert in irritable bowel syndrome) at Bradford Royal Infirmary. The following year Damien was delighted to return to East Lancashire as a Consultant Physician with an interest in Gastroenterology.

He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire and Director of Medical Undergraduate Education at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT). He has also been Divisional Director for Medicine at ELHT. In 2019 Damien was awarded the William Cullen Prize by The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh for excellence in teaching and service innovation in recognition of his work in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and medical handover.

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Clinical Interests

Professor Damien Lynch specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of ailments affecting the entire gastrointestinal tract (including gullet, stomach, liver, digestive and bowel problems) using advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic techniques.

As a specialist physician, Damien consults patients with various gut problems (including gullet, stomach, liver, digestive and bowel problems) to investigate and diagnose the cause of their symptoms employing various investigations including gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Damien has particular experience and expertise in a wide range of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic upper (gastroscopy) and lower (colonoscopy) gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures including ERCP, and also has experience in oesophageal physiology work (oesophageal pH and manometry techniques).

Once diagnosed Damien can then treat the patient as quickly and efficiently as possible in a comfortable and professional environment, and will also follow up his patients after treatment to ensure their continued well-being.

As a Consultant General Physician and Gastroenterologist of nearly 27 years Damien has a particular experience in looking after patients with a variety of symptoms or conditions.

Symptoms such as mouth ulcers; bad breath; problems with belching; poor appetite and weight loss; heartburn, indigestion or wind; swallowing problems; chest pains not due to the heart; stomach or gut (abdominal) pains; sickness (nausea) and vomiting; abdominal swelling or bloating or noisiness; jaundice and liver problems; loose stools (diarrhoea), constipation or other bowel problems; bleeding from the back passage.

Damien is experienced in looking after patients with gullet problems (oesophageal strictures or spasm); Hiatus hernia problems; Stomach and duodenal ulcers; Helicobacter pylori (the germ that causes ulcers); Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Coeliac disease; Liver diseases; Pancreatic diseases; Gallstone problems; Gut infections (including food poisoning); Crohns disease; Ulcerative colitis; Microscopic (and other rare causes) colitis; nutritional problems.