Endoscopy

 

The endoscopy unit carries out a wide variety of procedures which can be both diagnostic and therapeutic. Within the department, we cover a wide range of specialities including gastroenterology, colorectal, urology, upper GI (gastrointestinal) and respiratory medicine.

The procedures carried out include gastroscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP), percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) insertion, capsule endoscopy, enteroscopy, HALO, bronchoscopy, endoscopic bronchial ultrasound (EBUS), medical thoracoscopy, pleurex catheter insertion and removal, cystoscopy, haematuria clinics, lithotripsy, Botox therapy and suprapubic catheter insertion.

More on what we do

We are a day-case unit, currently operating with a weekend service. In addition, we provide an out-of-hours on call service for acute emergency patients. We also pre-assess patients for lower GI  procedures and work closely with the bowel cancer screening team.

Treatments

We offer a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for a broad range of conditions that affect the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary system.

Biopsies can be taken during most of our procedures. These are small tissue samples that are looked at under a microscope for diagnosis. We can also take fine needle aspirations during certain procedures.

Some of the treatments we offer include those for ulcers, dysphagia (swallowing problems) and varices (raised blood vessels). Haemorrhoids can also be treated, as well as removal of polyps, gallstones and foreign bodies.

Our team

We have a large team within endoscopy that covers several medical and surgical specialties. The unit is led by Paula Anderson, the Clinical Nurse Manager.

Our team includes core decontamination staff, assistant technical officers, senior technical officers, assistant practitioners and registered nurses.

Everyone in our team is highly skilled, carrying out a range of roles, including cleaning and processing used scopes, admitting and preparing patients for procedures, assisting endoscopists with procedures, providing support to patients during procedures and recovering sedated patients in recovery.

We also work with cytology and fluoroscopy for some of our lists.

Our nursing staff are divided into specialist teams.

We work with various teams of specialist nurses including colorectal, hepatology, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), upper GI and nutrition.

We also have nurse endoscopists working within our department.

Gastroenterology:

  • Dr T Shirazi (Lead Clinician for Endoscopy)
  • Dr J Christie (Lead Clinician for Gastroenterology)
  • Dr R Ayres
  • Dr T Daneshmend
  • Dr T Ahmad
  • Dr S Prasad
  • Dr C Calvert
  • Dr J Goodhand
  • Dr N Kennedy
  • Dr B Hudson
  • Dr L Wong
  • Dr O Roy

Colorectal:

  • Mr S Mansfield (Lead Clinician for Colorectal Surgery)
  • Mr Andrew Gee
  • Mr I Daniels
  • Ms P Boorman
  • Mr W Chambers
  • Mr R Bethune
  • Mr N Smart
  • Mr K Keogh
  • Mr F McDermott

Respiratory:

  • Dr Lee Dobson (Lead Clinician for Respiratory Medicine)
  • Prof. D Halpin
  • Dr T Whitehead
  • Dr C Sheldon
  • Dr N Withers
  • Dr B Patel
  • Dr H Bakere
  • Dr M Gibbons
  • Dr T Burden

Urology

  • Mr M Stott (Lead Clinician for Urology)
  • Mr M Crundwell
  • Mr J McGrath
  • Mr M Goldstraw
  • Ms M Walton
  • Ms E Waine
  • Ms A Cottrell
  • Mr T Dutton
  • Mr B Parsons

Upper GI

  • Mr S Wajed (Lead Clinician for Upper GI)
  • Mr A Manzelli
  • Mr A Reece-Smith

Nurse endocsopists

  • Bridget Cann
  • Mary Rendell
  • June Hampton

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Level 2, Area N

Contact us

Level 2, Area N, RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Contact us on either 01392 402400 or 01392 402249.

Community services

Some endoscopy services are carried out at Tiverton Community Hospital.

Children and young people

We provide procedures for children and young people on a Tuesday. Children are usually given general anaesthetic.

Supporting you

We refer patients to specialist nurses when appropriate.

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