The gastroenterology department provides outpatient and inpatient treatment for the full range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The specialist interests of the team include research projects in peptic ulceration and inflammatory bowel disease.
A full range of endoscopic techniques including diagnostic and therapeutic examination of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract are undertaken in the endoscopy unit.
How to access the service
Referral from your GP is needed to access the service and an outpatient appointment will be made for you.
Procedures are carried out during morning and afternoon sessions and nearly all patients are able to go home within 1-2 hours of the examination.
The gastroenterology team
Two full-time consultants and two part-time consultants lead the team consisting of junior medical support with a matron leading the inpatient care for this speciality.
The endoscopy unit
The unit provides a full diagnostic and therapeutic service for patients requiring upper and lower endoscopic procedures including diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
Patients are referred to the unit by the consultants or members of their team. The reception staff arrange appointment dates with patients. Non-urgent referrals will be informed of the date by post and urgent referrals will be given their appointment date immediately.