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

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital


Dr Matthew Johnson Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Kiran Bundhoo Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Elliot Tash Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Anthony Griffiths Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Pooja Khanna Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Steve Shieh Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Sambit Sen Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Rui Gao Consultant Gastroenterologist

Useful Contacts

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Clinical Director: Dr Elliot Tash
Bleep Numbers 601 614
Bedfordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Nurse Specialist: 01582 497939
General Manager Jenny Cadman
01582 718227
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
Business Manager Sue Etherington
01582 718397
Switchboard 01582 491166
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