Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your endobronchial ultrasound appointment.

Before your appointment

We are usually able to schedule appointments within seven days of referral. You will receive a telephone call from one of our nurses who will explain the procedure and how you can prepare for it.

In brief, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). You may have small sips of water up to two hours before your appointment.

Information about your appointment, including what will happen during the EBUS and what to expect afterwards, can be found in our EBUS patient leaflet.

During your appointment

When you arrive you will make your way to the endoscopy unit on the second floor of the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM) building at St Mary's Hospital. Here you will check in with the reception staff.

Before the procedure, your doctor will explain what it involves and answer any questions you may have. You will then be asked for your consent. If you do not understand what you are being told, let the doctor know so they can clarify.

As we are an academic health science centre, you may be asked to give consent for your samples to be used for medical research into respiratory infections. This is a personal choice and you are under no obligation to do so.

Patient information leaflets

Endobronchial ultrasound EBUS