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Referral Process

Referrals can be made via ICE, Choose and Book or a written letter.

Patient Information Leaflets

The L&D's Endoscopy department is renowned for its efficiency and patient care. We carry out a number of procedures in our unit – Gastroscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy and ERCP. 

Patients are usually initially referred to one of the consultants for an outpatient appointment. However, we also operate an open access service for gastroscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy so GPs can refer purely for one of these tests. If it is obvious from a GP's letter that a patient needs an endoscopy test, we may arrange to do this first, before they are seen in the outpatient department.


Endoscopy lists run daily, including weekend backfill.  

Procedures Provided

  • Gastroscopy - for investigating the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - to look at the left side of the large bowel (colon).
  • Colonoscopy - for investing the entire large bowel (colon)
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography) - to view the bile ducts in the liver, the gallbladder and the pancreatic ducts
  • Oesophageal dilatation
  • Insertion of an oesophageal stent
  • Insertion of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastronomy (PEG)
  • Bronchoscopies (respiratory physicians)

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

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Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

Business Manager: 
Sue Etherington
01582 718397

Bleep numbers:
601 and 614

Bedfordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Nurse Specialist:
01582 497939

General Manager:
Jenny Cadman
01582 718227

Outpatients booking department: 
01582 561385

01582 491166

Clinical Director:
Dr Elliot Tash

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