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Gastrointestinal medicine at London Bridge Hospital


Rapid diagnosis and treatment of all digestive diseases

Appointments & Enquiries

020 3733 5092

Endoscopy department

0207 234 2447

27 Tooley Street

London  SE1 2PR

Colon xray gastrointestinal medicine

Exceptional care for digestive diseases

Recent advances in technology and treatments are transforming the world of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. GI conditions, also known as digestive diseases, is one of the largest, most diverse of London Bridge Hospital’s specialties. Here, we’re fortunate to work with some of world’s leading GI consultants all subspecialising in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the digestive tract.

We’re privileged to be located in proximity of four distinguished NHS teaching hospitals, so access to these leading consultants is unparalleled. If you’re worried about any potential cancer symptoms, we will direct you to the best consultant gastroenterologist or colorectal specialist quickly. GI falls broadly into the following categories:

  • Upper GI (oesophago-gastric: oesophagus and stomach)
  • Small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum)
  • Large intestine (colon and rectum)

Rapid access for patients worried about GI symptoms

We’ve seen the development of national screening programmes and new endoscopic therapies for both lower and upper gastrointestinal cancers; we’re witnessing new technologies that allow earlier diagnosis and more accurate staging of disease; and with increasing rates of obesity and reflux leading to the UK having the highest incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in Europe, early detection is paramount.

Through the use of endoscopy and colonoscopy techniques, we are often able to offer patients minimally-invasive diagnostics as well as alternatives to surgery in the early stages of GI conditions and cancers in our rapid access Endoscopy Department.


Upper gastrointestinal medicine

London Bridge Hospital offers a comprehensive upper GI medical and surgical service.  Most of our consultants will perform investigations and some therapeutics in our Endoscopy department including the latest diagnostic tests. Consultant gastroenterologists and surgeons specialise in the investigation, management and treatment of a wide range of conditions including:


Lower intestinal and colorectal services

Lower intestine and colorectal consultants specialise in a variety of conditions and procedures including repairing damage to the colon, rectum, anus and pelvic floor caused by diseases of the lower digestive tract such as cancer. Along with open and laparoscopic surgery we also offer minimally-invasive outpatient alternatives in our endoscopy and colonoscopy department. Some of the conditions we treat:

Some of the conditions we treat

  • Acid reflux

    Need to know

    Acid reflux is what happens when acid in your stomach rises up your oesophagus (the muscular tube connecting your mouth to your stomach). This can lead to a burning sensation behind your breast bone (heartburn). Acid reflux is quite a common condition, affecting almost everyone from time to time.

  • Chronic constipation

    Need to know

    Prolonged constipation can lead to a build-up of dry, hard poo in your rectum (the part of your large intestine where poo is stored). This is called chronic constipation (also known as faecal impaction). It can often lead to a leaking of diarrhoea-like stools, as well as other symptoms, like nausea and...

  • Crohns disease

    Need to know

    Crohn's disease is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. It's a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like ulcerative colitis (UC). Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn's can affect any part of your digestive tract, from your mouth to your back passage. It's fairly common, affecting...

  • Diverticular disease

    Need to know

    Divertular disease is a digestive condition where small bulges (diverticula) form in the lining of your intestine and lead to problems, like stomach pain. The older you get, the weaker your intestine becomes. As a result, harder stools an irritate the lining of your intestine, causing diverticula to...

  • Dyspepsia

    Need to know

    Dyspepsia, also known as chronic indigestion, refers to many different symptoms that cause discomfort or pain in the upper abdominal regions, such as the top part of your bowel (duodenum) or food pipe (oesophagus). The most common cause of dyspepsia is an excessive production of stomach acid or an over-sensitivity...

  • Gallstones

    Need to know

    The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ beneath your liver. It stores bile, which helps your body digest fat. Sometimes gallstones (small stones of cholesterol) develop in the gallbladder or nearby bile duct. When this happens, most people have no symptoms but it can lead to biliary colic or other symptoms...

  • Gastrointestinal cancer

    Need to know

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

    Need to know

    IBS is a disorder of the way the muscles and nerves in the gut work. It is called a ‘functional gut disorder’ because it is a problem with gut function rather than the structure of the bowel. The condition affects up to one in five people at some point in their lives. Although it is often...

  • Polyps

    Need to know

    At HCA UK, our team of experts specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of tissue growths, including polyps. A polyp (also called an adenoma) is a small growth of cells that are found in the inner lining of organs such as the bowel, stomach and bladder.


Our multidisciplinary teams

London Bridge Hospital hosts the consultants who are researching, teaching and defining gastrointestinal protocols and services today. Patients with complex disease are discussed with other consultants in our regular GI and Colorectal multidisciplinary team meetings. Within these meetings oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, clinical nurse specialists and others involved in their care. This ensures each patient’s treatment is debated, agreed and planned with insight from leaders in the field. 

London Digestion specialist unit

London Digestion is a group of five renowned gastrointestinal physicians and surgeons working in partnership at London Bridge Hospital. They specialise in the diagnosis, and management of digestive diseases with treatment ranging from the complex to the routine, including insertion of the LINX® device (pictured) for acid reflux.

Gastrointestinal Linx Device

Referring patients

Contact London Bridge Hospital

For patient appointments and enquiries email us or call:  

020 7234 2009
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