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.
Referrals can be made via ICE, Choose and Book or a written letter.
Endoscopy lists run daily, including weekend backfill.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.