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Endoscopy

The term Endoscopy is used to describe the direct visual examination of any part of the interior of the body through an optical viewing instrument.

This can be through the mouth into the stomach (gastroscopy), through the anus into the large bowel (colonoscopy), through the nose into the lungs (bronchoscopy), or through the urethra to the bladder (cystoscopy).

Another examination that is performed by the endoscopy staff is ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). A dye is injected into the bile and pancreatic ducts using a flexible, video endoscope. Then x-rays are taken to outline the bile ducts and pancreas.

The Endoscopy Unit at UCLH is one of the largest units in the UK performing over 10,000 procedures per year. There are 5 rooms and a 16 bay recovery area. We perform complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic endoscopy as one of the leading units in the UK with a very large tertiary referral practice. We also have one of the largest upper gastrointestinal practices in Europe treating oesophago-gastric cancers and Barrett’s oesophagus. UCLH is also the main North London screening centre for colorectal cancer.

The UCH Endoscopy Unit is available from Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm. Arrangements outside of these hours should be directed via the main switchboard.

Conditions treated

  • Barretts Oesophagus
  • Stomach cancer – early and advanced
  • Oeosphageal cancer
  • Gastro-intestinal stroma tumours of the upper intestinal tract
  • Gasto-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Hiatus hernias
  • Achalasia
  • Gastroparesis
  • Bile duct stones
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Colon cancer and polyps
  • Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis