Endoscopy

What we do

We are a local and regional centre providing inpatients and outpatients with a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service. We offer a wide range of procedures and investigations, including:

  • gastroscopy (OGD)
  • oesophageal, biliary and colonic dilatation and stenting
  • colonoscopy
  • flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • endo-anal manometry
  • video-capsule endoscopy
  • endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR).

Preparing for your appointment

The preparation you need to make for your appointment will depend on the type of procedure you are having.

You may need to fast - not eat or drink anything - for a period of time beforehand, take a bowel cleansing medicine or arrange for an escort to take you home and stay with you overnight.

We will send you full information of any preparation you need to make with your appointment letter or explain it over the telephone if your appointment is made at late notice. It is very important that you follow these intructions so we do not need to cancel your appointment on the day.

Please contact us if you have diabetes or take blood-thinning medication such as warfarin or clopidegrel.

Location

Lower Ground Floor, Cheyne Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3075
  • Endoscopy Nurses Station: +44 (0)20 3299 4079

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

We cover all diseases of the digestive tract. In conjunction with the Liver Unit, we also provide endoscopic procedures for pancreatic and liver problems. Colorectal procedures and investigations of the small bowel are undertaken jointly between gastro and surgical specialities.

Services offered:

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy (OGD)
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Video capsule endoscopy
  • Fibre-optic endoscopy
  • EMP
  • EUS (Endoscopic ultrasound)
  • EMR (Endoscopic mucosal resection)
  • Endo anal manometry
  • Double balloon enteroscopy
  • PEG and gastro pexy
  • 3D endoscopy and ultrasound

The range of therapeutic endoscopy includes:

  • balloon dilatation
  • stent insertion
  • PEG insertion
  • and a wide modality of treatments for GI bleeding

Other investigations relating to liver and pancreatic problems can be treated with ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound (both diagnostic and interventional) and duodenal stenting.

What is required before referring a patient

Modern guidelines have substantially reduced the need for diagnostic endoscopy for conditions such as dyspepsia.
However, direct referrals from primary care will be evaluated and if endoscopy seem appropriate, we can offer the patient an appointment.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

All routine referrals should made to individual specialties, such as gastroenterology, liver or colorectal surgery. On receipt of the referral, the consultant will make an internal referral to endoscopy, if appropriate.

Emergency Referrals

Emergency referrals can be made by fax, by letter or by speaking directly with the SpRs or one of the consultants from the appropriate specialty.

Patients at risk of cancer can be directly referred via the two-week cancer pathway.

Referral Forms

There are no referral forms for this service.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Ian Forgacs Consultant lead for Endoscopy & Gastroenterology, Consultant Physician
Ms Kathrine Lynch matron
Mrs Lysetta Purser Matron
Miss Jo Trundell Endoscopy Matron PRUH