Endoscopy (GP information)


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.

L&D Open/Direct Access Endoscopy Pathway

Referral Process

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

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).


Endoscopy lists run daily, including weekend backfill.

Patient Information Leaflets

Bedford Hospital
Having an ERCP (Outpatients)
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Having an ERCP (Outpatients)

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital


DrMatthewJohnson Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrKiranBundhoo Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrElliotTash Consultant Gastroenterologist
DrAnthonyGriffiths Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Pooja Khanna Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology and Hepatology / Hepatology Consultant
Dr SteveShieh Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Sambit Sen Cross-site Hepatology Lead / Hepatology Consultant
DrRuiGao Consultant Gastroenterologist

Useful Contacts

Bedford Hospital
General Manager David Cox
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
General Manager David Cox
Clinical Director: Dr Elliot Tash
Bleep Numbers 601 614
Bedfordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Nurse Specialist: 01582 497939
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
PALS (for patient specific enquiries) 01582 491 166
Switchboard 01582 491166
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