Gastroenterology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
We provide comprehensive, high quality gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and specialist gastrointestinal diagnostic services.
We see patients with a range of conditions including those affecting the gut, bowel and liver as well as those with reflux disease.
The Gastroenterology Offices are based in the Medical Directorate, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, next to Medical Records.
We run clinics in General Outpatients and provide endoscopy and specialist services in the Day Care Unit. The Endoscopy Suite is located on the ground floor, next to the Day Care Unit.
Our Gastroenterology clinics are run in general outpatients and our Endoscopy procedures are carried out in the Endoscopy Suite.
Patients can contact the department via the Gastroenterology secretaries:
T: 020 8836 5580
T: 020 8836 5579
What conditions does the department treat?
We treat most upper and lower gastrointestinal diseases, including dyspepsia, reflux and acid related disorders, functional and inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and viral hepatitis. We also diagnose and manage common gastrointestinal cancers in partnership with our surgery and oncology. We manage complex patients with inflammatory bowel disease and have a consultant led inpatient nutrition team.
What services do we provide?
We provide all of the following:
- Gastroenterology and hepatology outpatient services, with nurse specialist clinics for hepatitis and dyspepsia
- Gastroscopy – a procedure using an endoscope to look inside the stomach
- Colonoscopy – an examination of the large bowel using a colonoscope
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy – an examination of the rectum and some of the large bowel using a sigmoidoscope
- ERCP – a type of X-ray and camera examination of the biliary system (liver, gall bladder, pancreas, pancreatic and bile ducts)
- Enteroscopy – an examination of the lining of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and small intestine using a flexible tube
- Oesophaeal, enteral and colonic stenting – this uses tiny tubes to hold arteries or blood vessels, or blockages open
- Capsule endoscopy – this takes images of the digestive tract by swallowing a pill-like capsule which contains a tiny camera
- Oesophageal physiology and manometry – to assess how well the oesophagus works
- Fibroscanning - to examine the liver
- ph and impedance testing and Bravo catheter-free pH testing for reflux disease
Who are the services for?
Our department treats all patients aged 16 and above.
Any new developments?
We have four consultants as well as three specialist nurses in total. We have consolidated the viral hepatitis service as a result which is flourishing, and have upgraded the oesophageal equipment to high resolution manometry and impedance testing. The endoscopy unit has been upgraded with brand new equipment, including new endoscopes and monitors, CO2 insufflation and a ‘Scope Guide’ system to assist colonoscopy.
How can I get a referral?
You can be referred by your GP or by another department at the Trust.
What else do I need to know?
Please remember to bring any relevant information with you to your appointment, including all your regular medications. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.