What happens at a gastroenterology appointment?
- The majority of people are referred by their GP for a clinic appointment to meet a consultant for a decision regarding investigation and treatment.
- In certain circumstances your GP is aware that certain test results will be needed before your outpatient appointment and will arrange these for you.
- Some people are referred directly for Endoscopy/Gastroscopy of the upper gut or an examination of the lower gut. This could be a test looking at the rectum and sigmoid called a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or an examination that looks at the large colon round to the caecum, referred to as a Colonoscopy.
- A gastroscopy usually takes less than 20 minutes, although it can take longer depending on personal factors and if it's being used as a diagnostic tool or to treat a condition.
- It will usually be carried out as an outpatient procedure, which means you won't have to spend the night in the hospital.
- The endoscope used has a light and a camera at one end. The camera sends images from inside of your stomach and duodenum to a screen that the consultant can monitor from. The Consultant will discuss this with you at your appointment.
Other types of examination use X-Ray to investigate the digestive tract, depending on the symptoms experienced.
During your consultation you may be asked to take your clothes off and lie on a comfortable trolley so that the consultant can feel your stomach or perform a rectal examination.
This consultation service is supported by a specialist endoscopy suite where the majority of investigations and treatments take place. Our specialist gastroenterology consultants work closely with associated specialists.