Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Endoscopy

Last updated: 20 April 2021

D level

The Endoscopy Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital is a seven-day service which provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures supporting inpatients, outpatients, emergency and tertiary referrals. The unit has three spacious procedure suites on site and a further suite at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, where unsedated, diagnostic procedures are performed.

The unit uses state of the art equipment providing patients with a high-quality service, whether they are referred because they are unwell or because they are taking part in a surveillance programme.

After the procedure, patients will recover in one of two recovery areas which are separated into single sex areas.

Procedures are carried out by medical or surgical consultants or nurse endoscopists. The team also includes specialist nurses, research nurses, registered nurses and technicians who will help to assist the patients and the endoscopist with the procedure. The unit is also supported by an administration and decontamination team.

The Endoscopy Unit is renowned for its excellence in performing cutting edge procedures and research. While delivering the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme to the local population, they receive regional and national referrals for complex polypectomy, double-balloon enteroscopy and video capsule endoscopy.

As a training centre, patients coming in for a procedure may be seen by a trainee endoscopist who will be under the close supervision of an experienced endoscopist.

The unit cares for around 15,000 patients a year, a number which is sure to increase over the coming years.

If a patient has an upcoming appointment in the Endoscopy Unit this page has a range of information and resources on the services available.

 

How the Endoscopy Department has adapted to keep patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Opening hours

Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.30pm

Saturday & Sunday - hours may differ, please contact the department if you have any queries

Referral information

Patients are referred by their GP or consultant.

If you have any concerns, please contact your GP.

Where to find us

Queen Alexandra Hospital

Main unit:

Use lift area 2, which is located at the main entrance of the hospital and head to D Level.

Exit the lift and turn left, follow the corridor around the corner.

The Endoscopy Unit is the first department on the left.

Ward G5:

Use lift area 4, which is located at the east entrance of QA Hospital and head to G Level.

Exit the lift area and turn left.

Follow the corridor down and turn right.

Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Enter entrance 3 and proceed forwards, you will find the reception on the left hand side.

Contact information

QA Hospital

Reception  -  02392286000 ext 3281

Nurses station  -  02392 286000 ext 5798

Research Nurses  -  02392 286000 ext 5852

Capsule Endoscopy  -  02392 286000 ext 3488

Bowel Screening Nurses  -  02392286000 ext 6775/5141

Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Reception  -  02392794769

Staff

Dr Andrew Fowell, Clinical Director, via Wendy Harris, Medical Secretary - 02392 286000 ext 6255

Natalie Raven, Matron  -  02392 286000 ext 5129

Natalie Tolfree, Unit Manager  02392 286000 ext 3629

Adam Haycox, Business Manager - 02392 286000 ext 3401

Service information

Procedures conducted in the Endoscopy Unit

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy (OGD) – an examination of the oesophagus, stomach and first section of duodenum
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy – examination of the large bowel
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - examination of the lower part of the large bowel
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) – a procedure that can be used to remove gall stones from the bile duct
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – it is an endoscopy with an ultrasound probe on the tip of the scope, used to make pictures of organs in the body
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) / Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) / Full thickness Resection (FTRD) – removal of pre-cancerous lesions using a range of specialist techniques
  • Balloon Enteroscopy – an advanced type of endoscopy where the small bowel can be reached
  • Video capsule endoscopy – a capsule which can be swallowed and transmits pictures of the digestive system
  • Bowel Cancer Screening Programme – aim is to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, in those aged between 60 to 74, who do not have any bowel symptoms
  • HALO or Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) – a technique developed specifically to destroy abnormal Barrett’s Oesophagus cell
  • Transnasal Endoscopy – an ultra slim endoscope that is passed via the nose, not the mouth
  • Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) – a procedure used to treat achalasia
  • pH and Manometry – two tests that measure the function of the oesophagus
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