Endoscopy Unit 

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


Service performance

In 2012/2013 we carried out over 11,000 procedures


Patient aftercare

Patient aftercare is dependent on nature of the condition. Some patients will be suitable to be managed in the community by their GP, some will require ongoing hospital visits, and some will be discharged after treatment.

Patient support services

All conditions are supported by a clinical nurse specialist, and patients and relatives are able to access complementary therapies during their outpatient appointment or inpatient stay with us. We have an on-call team 24/7 for any urgent cases.
There is also a Macmillan Advice Centre within the Outpatient Building providing support and advice on cancer-related conditions to patients and relatives.

 

Dr Matthew Banks Endoscopy Unit, Gastrointestinal services, Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Service
Dr Stuart Bloom Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, Gastrointestinal services
Mr Austin Obichere Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, General surgery, Gastrointestinal services
Mr James Crosbie Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, General surgery
Mr Mohamed Elkalaawy UCLH Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, Endoscopy Unit, General surgery, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Ed Seward Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Farooq Rahman Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, Intestinal Failure Service, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Gavin Johnson Endoscopy Unit, Pancreatobiliary service, Gastrointestinal services
Dr George Webster Endoscopy Unit, Pancreatobiliary service, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Michael Chapman Endoscopy Unit, Pancreatobiliary service, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Rami Sweis Endoscopy Unit, Gastrointestinal services, Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Service
Dr Rehan Haidry Endoscopy Unit, Gastrointestinal services, Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Service
Prof Steve Pereira Hepato Pancreato Bilary Cancers HPB, Endoscopy Unit, Pancreatobiliary service, Gastrointestinal services
Mr Manish Chand Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, General surgery, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Roser Vega Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, Gastrointestinal services
Dr Shameer J. Mehta Colorectal service, Endoscopy Unit, Intestinal Failure Service, Gastrointestinal services

Dr Matthew Banks

Dr Matthew Banks
Consultant

James Crosbie

Mr James Crosbie
Consultant

Dr Ed Seward
Consultant

Dr Manish Chand

Mr Manish Chand
Consultant

 Contact details

Endoscopy Unit
University College Hospital
Endoscopy Administrative Hub
c/o GI Services, Ground Floor West,
250 Euston Road,
London. NW1 2PG.

General enquiries
Telephone: 020 3456 7022
Fax: 020 3447 9239
Email: uclh.endoscopy@nhs.net

Service manager - Gabrielle Browne
Email: gabrielle.browne@nhs.net

 Patient feedback

"Thank you so much for all your support and understanding this year. You have made things a lot easier to deal with and I am very grateful to you".