Endoscopy involves examining the inside of the body with a special camera. It is performed under sedation or local anaesthetic and allows diagnosis (and treatment) of conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, bowels.

The unit at Spire Shawfair Park Endoscopy offers gastroscopy and colonoscopy for diagnostic and therapeutic therapy. A team of experienced gastroenterologists work closely with gastro-intestinal surgeons and consultant radiologists to manage your care. The hospital has state of the art, fully equipped high definition endoscopy suites - to diagnose gastric conditions quickly.

A number of our consultants work within specialist teams which means further knowledge and expertise are available for diagnosis and treatment of our patients. These speeds up the carefully designed pathways of care to ensure you receive the best treatment possible, as quickly as possible.

Our superbly equipped department offers gastroscopy (for the gullet and stomach), colonoscopy (for the bowel) flexible cystoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and bronchoscopy.

The endoscopy unit comprises a day case reception, a ward area comprising 10 individual pre and post patient procedure POD’s, theatre, private consultation room and discharge lounge.

The unit provides a flexible service between Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9.00pm.

The Team

The clinical staff will make sure you feel as welcome as possible. You will be treated as an individual and we will do our utmost to ensure every visit is a unique and personal experience. You will find our endoscopy staff to be friendly and approachable whilst maintaining a high level of professionalism; they will listen to your needs and make provision for them with a compassionate manner. The units aim is to provide the highest standard of care for all our patients, regardless of age, ability, race, culture and sexual orientation.


What are they?


Colonoscopy relates to issues of the bowel and a GP may refer a patient if they have had blood in their stool. A colonoscope (a thin telescope) is inserted through the back passage and into the colon to check for cancers, infections and areas of inflammation. Before the colonoscopy, patients are offered sedation to reduce discomfort, they will also have gone through a bowel cleanse (two sachets to drink in advance). The whole procedure usually takes around twenty minutes and a nurse talks you through what is happening at every stage. If the patient has agreed in advance, where haemorrhoids are found they are banded and polyps are removed.

A biopsy (tissue sample) is taken and sent off for examination. The results are always back in time for the patient’s follow up appointment with the consultant which means they have a complete picture of what is going on. Sometimes there will be nothing at all and the patient will be given lifestyle advice. Where there is an issue, patients are on the road to getting the right treatment and the consultant provides advice on what should happen next.

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Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Your consultant will look at the lower bowel with a thin telescope. If merited, he/she may move into a colonoscopy if it looks like further investigation is needed.  It’s allows your Consultant to identify any causes of changes in bowel habit or rectal pain and people often leave with peace of mind knowing that whatever they have can be or has been dealt with.

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Gastroscopy relates to the gullet, stomach and first part of the intestine. Patients may have had difficulty swallowing or discomfort and may be losing weight. In a gastroscopy, either an ordinary gastroscope (thin, tube-like telescope) is used via the throat or a trans-nasal gastroscope (TNG) is used, this is inserted through a nostril. The whole procedure takes around 4 minutes.

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Bronchoscopy is a procedure which can help to diagnose and treat some conditions of the airways (bronchi) and lungs. A bronchoscope is a device used to see the inside of the airways and lungs. The scope can be flexible or rigid. A flexible scope is almost always used. It is a tube less than 1/2-inch wide and about 2 feet long. 

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Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology services

We have state-of-the-art ultrasound, CT and MRI scanners enabling us to see inside the body non-invasively to help our consultants make an accurate and rapid diagnosis.

Specialist services at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals include:

  • Dyspepsia
  • Iron deficiency
  • Jaundice
  • Abnormal LFTs (liver function test) Clinic
  • Change in bowel habit
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unintentional weight loss investigation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gallstone and laparoscopic surgery (in-patient and day-case)

As ever, if you would like treatment at Spire Shawfair Park Hospital, all you have to do is ask your GP for a referral. Our private healthcare services are available via fixed price options so you don’t even need a medical insurance policy in place.

Gastroenterologist Colorectal surgeons
Dr I D Penamn Mr M Potter
Dr K Palmer Mr B J Mander
Dr I Arnott Mr R G Wilson
Dr A Shand Miss M Collie
Dr C Lees Mr D Anderson
Dr A Williams Mr A J Clark
Dr A Macgilchrist  
Dr K Trimble Chest Physician
Dr C Fraser Dr A Hill
Dr N Church  
Dr C Noble  

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Spire Shawfair Park has become the first hospital in Scotland to be awarded the JAG (Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) accreditation - a prestigious quality mark for hospitals and clinics that perform endoscopy procedures. JAG’s mission as an organisation is to provide UK wide support for endoscopy services to ensure they have the skills, resources and motivation necessary to provide the highest quality, timely, patient centred care.

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