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Endoscopy Department

The Endoscopy Unit is a purpose built area on level 7 at Derriford Hospital offering a complete range of high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic services.

A multi-disciplinary team of Consultants in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Colorectal, Radiology, and Nurse Endoscopists perform approximately 12,000 procedures per year.

In addition to a wide range of advanced endoscopic therapies offered, the unit also provides a video capsule and oesophageal studies service.

Endoscopy is the term that is used to describe the direct visual examination of any part of the inside of the body that can be reached through a natural orifice. This can be through:

  • the mouth into the stomach (a gastroscopy),
  • through the anus into the large bowel (a colonoscopy) or
  • Another examination that is performed by the endoscopy staff is ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography), which is a test to examine the tubes that drain bile from your liver and digestive juices from your pancreas.

Finding the Department

We are clearly sign posted from all entrances of the hospital. Follow the signs to Zone D, Level 7.

When we are open

The unit is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am - 6.00pm.

How to contact us

If you have any queries at all please feel free to phone us on 01752 245155

Information for our patients

Having a Colonoscopy

Having a Gastroscopy

Having a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Having an ERCP

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Useful Websites

Cancer research UK Bowel Screening

The National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease



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