Gastroenterology is the field of medicine primarily concerned with conditions affecting the stomach and intestine.
The skilled consultants working at HCA at The Shard provide diagnosis and can refer patients for further treatment at London Bridge Hospital for a range of diseases and conditions, including digestive disorders and nutrition issues, such as:
- Chronic digestive disorders
- Dyspepsia (heartburn)
- Diagnosing bowel cancer
- Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
- Irritable bowel syndrome - IBS
- Irritable bowel disease – IBD
- Crohns & Colitis
- Acid reflux disease
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Obesity issues
- Stomach ulcers and tumours
Gastroenterology with HCA Healthcare UK at The Shard
Our Gastroenterology Department provides access to cutting edge treatment and research, providing support to patients across diagnosis, treatment, recovery and dietary advice.
We are able to recommend a range of minimally invasive treatments and are leaders in neurogastroenterology research. This branch of research focuses on the relationship between the central nervous system and digestive system. This covers motility and functional bowel disorders, including IBS and functional dyspepsia.
At HCA at The Shard we pride ourselves in having a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive, tailored dietary advice to our patients. We can refer patients for a range of procedures that will take place at our sister facility London Bridge Hospital. These treatments include:
- Gastroscopy – this entails a small camera being passed through your mouth and into the stomach or intestine. This is performed to inspect the interior of the stomach, helping to identify problems within the gastrointestinal tract and remove abnormal growths.
- Capsule endoscopy – this diagnostic procedure involves taking pictures of the walls of the bowel to detect abnormal lesions, such as ulcers and tumours. This is done by having the patient swallow a small, pill-sized video capsule. This capsule has built in lights and a camera to capture the images and travels slowly through the bowels, before being naturally excreted.
- Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy – these exploratory procedures allow a consultant to examine a patient’s rectum and colon. A small camera attached to a flexible tube performs the examination and allows a consultant to take biopsies and to remove polyps from the colon.
- Oesophageal pH and manometry – this procedure evaluates dysphagia by positioning a thin tube with pressure sensors along its wall in the oesophagus. This sensor then measures pressure as the oesophagus contracts.
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram) – this combination of an endoscopy and X-ray is performed to assess obstructions in the main bile duct.
- Bowel cancer diagnosis– at HCA at The Shard we can diagnose bowel cancer using various techniques, including stool analysis and colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy procedure, our specialists can take biopsies and remove polyps before they become malignant.
Why choose gastroenterology facilities at HCA at The Shard?
Fast access to appointments and treatment – we aim to provide appointments within 24 hours of a patient getting in touch with us. Our team then strives to deliver results from diagnostic testing as soon as possible, in order to begin treatment quickly.
Exceptional gastroenterology consultants –highly skilled and leaders in their field, the consultants at HCA at The Shard diagnose and treat a variety of stomach and intestinal conditions.
Advanced gastroenterology technology – we pride ourselves in being at the cutting-edge of medical technology, enabling us to provide the best possible diagnostic and treatment procedures. Our Endoscopy Department at London Bridge Hospital is fitted with the latest technology and has been JAG accredited in 2015 (link here to page on main hospital website).
World-class quality of care – at HCA at The Shard, we work hard to ensure the quality of patient care is of the highest standard. When patients visit our gastroenterology facility, our aim is to provide the best possible outcome, from accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to leaving our care having made a full recovery.