A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specialises in disorders of the digestive system, including the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
Most patients see a specialist after getting a referral from their GP or another doctor, but you can make an appointment directly. You should bring your referral letter and details of any tests and treatments you’ve already had.
Our second opinion service enables you to check your diagnosis and treatment with one of our consultants. You can also ask for a further opinion after seeing one of our doctors, although we hope you will discuss any concerns with us first.
You can make an appointment at one of our clinics in central London or the suburbs over the phone. Alternatively you can send us an email and we will get back to you to arrange the appointment.
Please try to let us know at least one day before your appointment otherwise we may have to charge you as we won‘t be able to offer the time to another patient. However, we know that emergencies do happen so we try to be as understanding as possible.
The doctor will talk to you about your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and recommend any tests or treatments that you need, including procedures like endoscopy or colonoscopy.
Endoscopy is one of the diagnostic tests that may be carried out by a gastroenterologist. A camera on a flexible tube is passed down your throat to check your digestive tract.
A colonoscopy is a common diagnostic procedure for gastroenterological problems. A flexible tube with a camera on it is passed into your rectum and colon to examine your intestine.
Procedures like endoscopy and colonoscopy can be a bit uncomfortable, but you can be sedated to help you relax. Your doctor will explain what the procedure involves, what it will feel like, and what the risks and benefits are in detail before the procedure.