Gastroenterology patient information
Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your appointment.
Before your appointment
Urgent cases for an endoscopy will normally occur within two weeks and routine endoscopies will occur within six weeks. If you are an urgent outpatient will be seen within two weeks and if you are a routine out-patient you will be seen within eight weeks.
You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your out-patient appointment. They can also attend the endoscopy unit, but they may not enter the procedure rooms.
You are welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you.
Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.
During the appointment
You may have a blood test during your appointment. If appropriate limited examinations of the bottom of the bowel may be carried out. All other investigations will be arranged for a different day.
The typical waiting time at your appointment will be around 30 minutes and your appointment will take between 10 and 20 minutes.
After the appointment
You will be sent a clinic outcome letter. Diagnostic tests and follow-up appointments will be arranged as required.
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