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Endoscopy services East

The Endoscopy Unit provides a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures to the local population, as well as specialist endoscopy to the wider Peninsula community.

Endoscopy is a term used to cover a number of diagnostic procedures. Procedures undertaken include: Gastroscopy (OGD), Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP), Spyglass Cholangioscopy, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) insertion, Capsule Endoscopy, Device-Assisted Enteroscopy, Barrett's Endotherapy, Bronchoscopy, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Medical Thoracoscopy, Pleurex Catheter insertion, Cystoscopy, Haematuria clinics, Lithotripsy, Botox Therapy, and Suprapubic Catheter Insertion.

The Unit has close links with other services in the Trust, including Bowel Cancer Screening, Nutrition, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists, as well as all wards for inpatient transfers.

Information and about us

We are a day-case unit, but we also operate a weekend service. In addition, we provide an out-of-hours on-call service for acute emergency patients. The unit has five endoscopy rooms, with an additional (outpatient only) facility at Tiverton Hospital. There is one large recovery space at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) and this is split by gender.

We have an admission room for each endoscopy room where patients change and wait for their procedure. Patients undergoing a Gastroscopy procedure do not need to change.

The unit houses its own decontamination suite, which allows a continuous flow of endoscopes to the variety of lists and procedures which are performed in the unit.

Patients due to undergo colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy are pre-assessed in order to identify any individual patient needs. Inpatients undergoing endoscopy are also pre-assessed. This pre-assessment is performed by a member of the Endoscopy Nursing Team.

Patients with additional needs can often be scheduled first on the list, and carers may be able to stay with them if the Endoscopist agrees.

The unit is fully accessible and can be reached by stairs or lift. We recommend that patients who find walking difficult bring a wheelchair or ask at the main hospital entrance for the use of a wheelchair. Relatives/carers will be unable to wait in the department unless prior arrangements have been made.

Where to find us

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)

Barrack Road

Exeter

EX2 5DW

Level 2, Area N

The Endoscopy Unit is located in Area N on the second floor of the Wonford Hospital site. Endoscopy procedures are also carried out in the Day-Case Unit at Tiverton Community Hospital.

The Endoscopy Unit provides services from 7.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 7.30am to 6.00pm on Saturdays.

We provide procedures for children and young people on Tuesdays.

Meet the team

We have a large team within the Endoscopy Unit. The Clinical Nurse Manager is Paula Anderson.

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.

We also work with Biomedical Scientists and Radiographers during some procedures.

Our nursing staff are divided into specialist teams. We also have nurse endoscopists working within our department.

Leadership team

  • Rebecca Ody, Cluster Manager
  • Ben Brierley, Lead Nurse
  • Dr Shyam Prasad, Lead Clinician
  • Dr Chris Calvert, Endoscopy Clinical Lead

Consultants

  • Dr Shyam Prasad
  • Dr Chris Calvert
  • Dr Tarek Shirazi
  • Dr John Christie
  • Prof Tariq Ahmad
  • Dr Nick Kennedy
  • Dr James Goodhand
  • Dr Lin Lee Wong
  • Dr Ben Hudson
  • Dr Christina Levick
  • Dr Jane Chalmers
  • Dr Jonathan Digby-Bell
  • Dr John Rogers

Colorectal surgeons

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

Respiratory Physicians

  • Dr L Dobson
  • Dr N Withers
  • Dr M Gibbons
  • Dr B Patel
  • Dr M Masoli
  • Dr C Sheldon

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 Gastrointestinal Surgeons

  • Mr S Wajed
  • Mr A Manzelli
  • Mr Davide Di Mauro
  • Mr A Reece-Smith
  • Miss Rebecca Jones

Nurse Endoscopists

  • June Hampton
  • Lisa Burrow
  • Lizzie Charlton-Anne
  • Isabella Amstici
  • Katie Watson

Services and treatments

Procedures undertaken include: Gastroscopy (OGD), Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP), Spyglass Cholangioscopy, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) insertion, Capsule Endoscopy, Device-Assisted Enteroscopy, Barrett's Endotherapy, Bronchoscopy, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Medical Thoracoscopy, Pleurex Catheter insertion, Cystoscopy, Haematuria clinics, Lithotripsy, Botox Therapy, and Suprapubic Catheter Insertion.

Patient information leaflets

We produce a wide range of leaflets which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital.

We also produce these in different formats including large print, please contact the department you are visiting for more information.

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Last updated: March 01, 2023

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