Digestive diseases

Leading consultants and surgeons who specialise in the investigation, management and treatment of a wide range of upper gastrointestinal, lower gastrointestinal and colorectal conditions and procedures.

Appointments and imaging appointments

Monday to Sunday: 24h


The Harborne Hospital (book a scan)


The Harborne Hospital (book a test)

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Here to help you get the treatment you need for digestive diseases

When you visit our hospital, you can quickly access the tests and care you need from some of the region’s leading consultants who specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases.

Our team covers all areas of gastroenterology and the three main gastrointestinal (GI) specialties: upper GI (your oesophagus stomach, and duodenum), lower GI (your large intestine) and colorectal (your colon and rectum).

You’ll get a quick and accurate diagnosis, and if you need onward care your treatment will be tailored to meet your needs.

We’ll help you every step of the way.

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Why choose The Harborne Hospital?

  • Fast access to care. Appointments are usually available within days.
  • A seamless experience. We offer everything you need — testing, diagnosis, and pre- and post-operative care. 
  • State-of-the-art facilities. To provide advanced and accurate diagnostic tests and endoscopic procedures including: gastroscopy, cystoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy and more.
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Expert consultants and surgeons providing personalised care

Our team of specialists will work closely with consultants to provide a fast and accurate diagnosis. When you arrive with us for diagnostic tests or a scan you can be assured our team will look after you, talk you through what's going to happen and answer any questions you may have.

We work with leading consultants and surgeons who specialise in the investigation, management and treatment of a wide range of upper GI, lower GI and colorectal conditions and procedures.

Conditions we treat 

Barrett's oesophagus

Irritated gullet (food pipe). If you're experiencing heartburn and indigestion as a result of Barrett's oesophagus, we can treat it

Upper gastrointestinal cancer

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers include cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, pancreas, liver or biliary system. We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care for all types of upper GI cancer

Dyspepsia

From complex gastrointestinal surgery to investigative procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Gallstones

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Peptic ulcers

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Achalasia

MUSCLE DISORDER IN THE GULLET


Achalasia is a rare muscle disorder in the oesophagus (gullet), which can make difficult to swallow food and drink.

Acid reflux

STOMACH ACID BACKS UP IN THE OESPHAGUS IRRITATING THE TISSUE IN THE THROAT


If you're experiencing a burning sensation down your throat, it could be down to acid reflux - we can help

Crohn's disease

From complex gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery to investigative procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Ulcerative colitis

A TYPE OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)


Ulcerative colitis is an inflammation in the rectum and colon — HCA UK can help to relieve your symptoms

Diverticular disease

From complex gastric surgery to investigative test and procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

From complex gastric surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional gastric care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Colorectal & Bowel Cancer

COLORECTAL CANCER AFFECTS THE LARGE BOWEL, WHICH IS MADE UP OF THE COLON AND RECTUM.

 

Screening can help diagnose colorectal cancer as early as possible, and in some cases detect cancer before you start to display symptoms. Early detection means treatment is likely to be more effective.

Chronic constipation

From complex GI surgery to diagnostic test and procedures, we provide exceptional gastrointestinal care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Polyps

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Anal fistula

Anal fistulas are small tunnels that develop between the end of the bowel and the skin near the anus

Incisional hernia

From complex hernia surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional surgical care across our network of hospitals, with consultations taking place at our outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Umbilical hernia

HERNIA (LUMP) NEAR YOUR BELLY BUTTON


If you have an umbilical hernia, our experts at HCA UK have the experience and expertise to treat it

Periumbilical hernia

From complex gastric surgery to straightforward colorectal procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Epigastric hernia

From complex hernia surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional GI care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Inguinal hernia

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Parastomal hernia

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Femoral hernia

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Complex incisional hernia

From complex hernia surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional surgical care across our network of hospitals.

Recurrent incisional hernia

From complex hernia surgery to diagnostic scans and procedures, we provide exceptional hernia care across our network of hospitals, with consultations and scans taking place at our outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Coeliac disease

Inlet patch

Haemorrhoids

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

Hernias

Rectal bleeding

Treatments we offer

All of your treatments will be personalised to your condition and needs, and you’ll receive comprehensive end-to-end care using the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Recent advances in technology and care are transforming the treatment of digestive diseases. We offer a wide range of care, from diet and medication to endoscopic procedures and the latest surgical techniques.

If you need GI investigations, these are performed by specialist consultants in our endoscopy department. We can perform open, laparoscopic and minimally invasive alternatives depending on your individual diagnosis.

Cholecystectomy

GALLBLADDER REMOVAL


If you need to have your gallbladder removed, HCA UK provides open cholecystectomy

Colostomy reversal

RESTORING BOWEL FUNCTION AFTER A COLOSTOMY


If you've had a temporary colostomy, you'll need to have this procedure to restore bowel function

Anterior resection

ABDOMIOPERINEAL RESECTION / RECTAL CANCER SURGERY


A high or lower procedure to treat cancer of the rectum

Surgery for piles (haemorrhoids)

HAEMORRHOIDECTOMY


Piles can be uncomfortable and cause irritation but they can easily be removed with a surgical procedure

Laparoscopic hernia repair

KEYHOLE SURGERY TO REPAIR A HERNIA

 

If you need to have a hernia repaired, HCA UK provides laparoscopic hernia repair

Inguinal hernia repair

OPEN OR LARPAROSCOPIC SURGERY FOR A HERNIA IN THE GROIN


Inguinal hernia surgery is a surgical procedure to repair a hernia and strengthen the supporting abdominal muscles. This can be a primary hernia, or a recurrent hernia.

Umbilical hernia repair

SURGERY TO REPAIR A HERNIA NEAR YOUR NAVAL


Umbilical hernia surgery is a common procedure for infants and young children, particularly in babies born prematurely.

Femoral hernia repair

SURGERY TO REPAIR A HERNIA AT THE TOP OF YOUR THIGH


If you have a lump pushing through the top of your inner thigh, it may be a femoral hernia. HCA UK's experts can help.

Hiatus hernia repair

SURGERY TO REPAIR YOUR ABDOMEN FROM A HIATUS HERNIA


Keyhole or minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques are used during repair surgery 

Incisional hernia repair (recurrent)

REPAIR TO A REOCCURRING HERNIA AT A PREVIOUS SURGERY SCAR


If you've a lump pushing a previous surgery scar, it may be a recurrent incisional hernia. HCA UK can help.

All of your treatments will be personalised to your condition and needs, and you’ll receive comprehensive end-to-end care using the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Recent advances in technology and care are transforming the treatment of digestive diseases. We offer a wide range of care, from diet and medication to endoscopic procedures and the latest surgical techniques.

If you need GI investigations, these are performed by specialist consultants in our endoscopy department. We can perform open, laparoscopic and minimally invasive alternatives depending on your individual diagnosis.

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Gastrointestinal cancer care

If you have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer, we will connect you with the right specialist expert consultant for your condition. Our specialists cover the treatment of all types of cancers of the digestive system, including oesophageal cancer, stomach cancer (gastric cancer), pancreatic cancer, bowel cancer (colorectal cancer) and anal cancer.

We can provide you with the full breadth of cancer care in one location - from screening and diagnostics, to treatment options, including: surgery, interventional radiology, the latest treatment techniques in radiotherapy, innovative anti-cancer therapies (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies) and highly specialised surgery including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) with cytoreductive surgery.

How to book an appointment

Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Appointments and imaging appointments

Monday to Sunday: 24h


The Harborne Hospital (book a scan)


The Harborne Hospital (book a test)