Service overview - Gastroenterology

This department is managed by consultants who specialise in bowel-related medicine. The department investigates and treats upper and lower gastrointestinal disease, as well as diseases of the pancreas and bile duct system.

The teams work closely with endoscopy and nutritional services. Sub-specialities within the department include colorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease and swallowing problems.

We have endoscopy nurse specialists linked to our gastroenterology units who are able to perform a wide range of bowel investigations. Endoscopy involves a small thin tube with a camera on the end.

This is guided down the throat or up the back passage to investigate problems in your oesophagus, digestive system and large bowels. Small surgical instruments can be guided up or down in the same way, meaning it can be used for diagnosis and treatment.

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Basildon Hospital - Gastroenterology services

Endoscopy Unit, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Telephone: 01268 524900 ext 3970 or 3987
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Who the service is for

Patients needing specialist treatment for problems with their digestive system.

About the service

The gastroenterology department offers diagnosis and treatment for people experiencing problems with their digestive system, including:

Upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) cancer
Barrett’s oesophagus
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
Chronic liver disease and liver cancer

Services offered include:

one stop clinic for upper GI cancer
dedicated clinics for patients with pancreatic disease
dedicated liver clinics for patients with acute and chronic liver disease
dedicated IBD (Crohns and colitis) clinics
endoscopic investigation and management of gastrointestinal disorders
non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic tests for IBD, such as capsule endoscopy and MR enterography (a special kind of MRI scan for the bowel)
bowel cancer screening programme

Our gastroenterology ward is Edith Cavell Ward.

Nutrition support

The nutrition support team provide artificial nutrition support including:

Enteral nutrition

Tube feeding (Naso-gastric and naso jejunal)
Gastrostomy (percutaneous endoscopic and radiological)
Surgical feeding jejunostomy

Parenteral nutrition

Inpatient and home parenteral nutrition (HPN)
Home intravenous electrolyte replacement

Patient support

We provide a helpline for patients with IBD run by a specialist nurse. There is also a monthly IBD patient support group. For more information contact the IBD clinical nurse specialist on 01268 524900 ext 1499.

Southend Hospital - Gastroenterology services

We provide a variety of endoscopic procedures (where the inside of your body is examined internally using an endoscope; a thin, long, flexible tube that contains a light source and a video camera).

These include:

Gastroscopy - examination of the oesophagus, stomach and small bowel
Colonoscopy - examination of the large colon
Flexible sigmoidoscopy - examination of the rectum and lower bowel
ERCP - a combination of endoscopy with x-rays to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the bile ducts and nearby structures
Capsule endoscopy - examination by tiny camera which travels through the system


Disorders affecting the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, including liver diseases. Diagnosis is usually via an endoscope,and our services include an infectious diseases clinic, general gastroenterology clinics, liver clinics, nurse-led clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, plus coeliac disease clinics. We also offer a 24-hour emergency endoscopy service.

Contact us

Endoscopy reception: 01702 385096