Gastroenterology

Expert care for your digestive health

Some of the UK's top consultants and surgeons work with us to deliver the highest quality of care for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions.

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the stomach and intestines. Whether you need a routine test or complex cancer treatment, our multidisciplinary team of gastrointestinal consultants, radiologists, pathologists and oncologists will work together to provide you with the best personalised care.

Using the latest diagnostic and endoscopic technology available, we can offer faster diagnosis and provide advanced treatment options to everyone who comes to us for care — from infants to adults. The wide range of conditions we treat includes Crohn's disease, pancreatic cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones and stomach cancer. All of our private London hospitals have dedicated gastroenterology units, with The Wellington Hospital housing one of the largest gastrointestinal facilities in the country.

Our expertise in upper and lower GI conditions

We offer a range of diagnostic tests and treatment options for all aspects of your digestive health and gastric system - from weight loss surgery to bowel cancer screening.

  • Capsule endoscopy

    Need to know

    Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic test used to examine the gastrointestinal tract and check for small bowel disorders and conditions such as Crohn's disease, polyps and malabsorption. There are three types of capsule: the oesophageal capsule, the small bowel capsule and the colon capsule.

  • Colonoscopy

    Need to know

    You could be referred for a colonoscopy if you've had blood in your stool or noticed any changes in your bowel habits. It's an effective diagnostic procedure that allows our consultant to examine your bowel in detail. You might have a colonoscopy as part of a biopsy or for removing polyps.

  • Endoscopic ultrasound

    Need to know

    An internal scan that allows a consultant to examine the organs and structures in the chest and abdomen in detail using high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your digestive system and chest, it can also include neighbouring organs such as the liver and pancreas,...

  • Enteroscopy

    Need to know

    An enteroscopy is a diagnostic procedure to look at the lining of your small intestine. A thin, flexible microscope with a light called an enteroscope is used. This test is used to check for disease and can also be used to take tissue samples (a biopsy) to be analysed, if necessary.

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy

    Need to know

    If you've noticed changes in your bowel habits, or if you've experienced rectal bleeding you may be referred by your GP or consultant for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. This procedure is where a fiberoptic tube, called a colonscope, is gently guided through your body to evaluate the lower part of the large...

  • Gastroscopy

    Need to know

    If your consultant wants to examine your upper digestive system they might suggest a gastroscopy. This procedure lets your consultant look inside this part of your body using a tiny, flexible camera called an endoscope. It's usually a quick procedure that takes around 10 minutes.

  • ERCP

    Need to know

    An ERCP is used to examine the pancreas and bile ducts. The pancreas and bile ducts form part of the digestive system. The bile ducts carry bile, a substance that digests fat, from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. The pancreas produces substances that regulate blood sugar and help digest...

Our gastroenterologists

We're proud to work with leading consultant gastroenterologists who will look after every aspect of your care.
Consultant in theatres

Our gastroenterology centres

We have some of the most advanced testing and treatment facilities available, so you can benefit from faster on-site diagnosis and comprehensive care.

Contact us about our gastroenterology services

Our helpline advisors can assist with enquiries about booking an appointment with a gastroenterologist. 

020 7079 4344
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