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Digestive health (gastroenterology)

Digestive Health

Don’t suffer in silence

Nearly everyone will suffer from some sort of digestive problem at some point in their lives, but few people actually speak to a doctor to help determine the cause and receive appropriate treatment. Our expert consultant gastroenterologists diagnose and treat men and women of all ages for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions such as heartburn, constipation, bloating, colitis, indigestion (dyspepsia and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

  • We can arrange for you to see a consultant within 72 hours or at a time to suit you.
  • Your consultant may recommend a gastroscopy (stomach examination) to aid diagnosis. This can be performed at Oaks usually within a week or two.
  • Your consultant has access to other specialists within the hospital including our General Surgeons and dieticians to work with and refer to as appropriate.  
  • Should further treatment be required, there is little or no waiting time for surgery, your treatment can start as soon as you are ready.  


Rapid access gastroscopy

A gastroscopy (sometimes referred to as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy) is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to examine the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum).  A gastroscopy can be used to:

  • investigate problems such as difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or persistent abdominal pain
  • diagnose conditions such as stomach ulcers or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • treat conditions such as bleeding ulcers, a blockage in the oesophagus, non-cancerous growths (polyps) or small cancerous tumours


We offer a competitive fixed cost price for gastroscopy making it easy to pay for your own treatment.  Please see our price page or contact us on 01206 753245.


Next steps

  1. A GP referral is always very helpful as it will provide your consultant with useful information, but you can usually self-refer without one.
  2. Phone us on 01206 753295 to book an appointment.
  3. Meet one of our specialists for an initial consultation and any diagnostic tests.
  4. Arrange a date for further diagnostics or treatment, if required.