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Our services

There are two endoscopy rooms which undertake gastro-intestinal procedures. Examples of these procedures are gastroscopy, colonoscopy and flexible-sigmoidoscopy. The opening hours of the unit are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.

Lower gastrointestinal

We provide a complete diagnostic and interventional service for lower gastrointestinal disease. This comprises of investigation into the large bowel (Colon) via Colonoscopy or a shorter test called Flexi-sigmoidoscopy.

Our interventional service includes; polypectomy, banding of haemorrhoids and stricture dilatation.

Our National Joint Advisory Group (JAG) accreditation allows us to undertake the Bowel Cancer Screening (BCS) programme.

Upper gastrointestinal

We provide a diagnostic service in upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy which comprises of investigation into the disorders of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum (small bowel) this is done with a test called a Gastroscopy.

We are also able to undertake a selection of therapeutic procedures including polypectomy, dilatation and treatment of achalasia.

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

We are a team of 15 core staff members, with numerous supportive team members, who are responsible for the national Bowel Cancer Screening investigations, covering the Bristol and Weston areas. The aim of the programme is to identify and remove pre-cancerous polyps in the Large Bowel before, or detect cancer at an early, pre-symptomatic stage.

The programme is made up of x2 programmes.

  1. Bowel Scope-All patients within our demographic area, are offered a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy at the age of 55 at one of our available sites. These include South Bristol Community Hospital, Weston General Hospital, Southmead Hospital and Prime Endoscopy Central Bristol.
  2. Bowel Screening- All patients at the age of 60 are sent a stool test kit through the post. If this test is positive, they will be invited to an assessment of suitability for a colonoscopy or CT Colon scan. These investigations are available at the Bristol Royal Infirmary or Southmead Hospital. Test kits are subsequently sent every 2 years, until their 75th birthday, at which point they may opt back into the programme if they wish to continue.

If any diagnosis or treatment is identified we will continue to monitor and support these patients as required.