31 January 2020
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If you've been experiencing a 'funny tummy' - bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, bleeding or pain in your stomach - your consultant will order some diagnostic tests. This is to help them determine if you have a disorder of the bowel.
During an initial appointment with a consultant, you will discuss your medical history and any symptoms you've been experiencing - such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and pain in your stomach. Your consultant might recommend additional testing to help determine the condition you have.
Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care.
All of our nurses are of the highest standard and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.
You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
We offer a wide range of tests including blood samples and imaging such as CT, MRI scanning and endoscopy. This is a non-invasive procedure which examine the inside of your digestive tract using a flexible tube with a light and camera attached.
These all help to investigate and diagnose bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, coeliac/celiac disease, colitis and bowel cancer.
Laboratory analysis of blood, stool and tissue samples might also be used to diagnose and manage these disorders. Other common tests include those for anaemia, iron and vitamin deficiency, and the presence of blood in stools.
We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence, you'll be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.
We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
21 October 2019
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