Aim of the leaflet
This information aims to provide you with information about the Endoscopy unit.
Please read the leaflet about your procedure/s as soon as possible before your appointment. If you do not follow the advice given it may not be possible to do your procedure and you may have to return on another day.
We will make every effort to make your stay as comfortable, relaxed and as pleasant as possible. With this and the other enclosed information leaflet/s about your procedure/s, we aim to answer your questions and hopefully put you at ease.
After reading the information and guidance below, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns on the telephone numbers given.
Please let us know as early as possible if, for any reason, you are unable to attend your appointment.
If your preferred language is not English please ring the appointments team and they will arrange an interpreter.
Our Hospitals and contact details
For appointments/ general enquiries
8.30am to 6.00pm
Monday to Friday
Boston 01205 445072
Grantham 01476 464366
Lincoln 01522 573849
For procedure related enquiries
8.30am to 6.00pm
Monday to Friday
Boston 01205 446559
Grantham 01476 464085
Lincoln 01522 573016
Louth 01507 631236
Bowel Cancer Screening Programme patients
All enquiries: 01522 597548
Lincoln County Hospital,
Pilgrim Hospital Boston,
Grantham and District Hospital,
101 Manthorpe Road,
Louth County Hospital,
High Holme Road,
Car parking charges (correct at time of printing and are subject to change)
Grantham, Boston & Lincoln:
Up to 30 minutes Free
Up to 1 hour £1.00
1 to 4 hours £2.00
4 to 24 hours £5.00
Blue badge holders (see note below) Free
You will need to enter your car registration at the pay kiosk before leaving the car park. Payment may be made using coins/notes/credit/debit card/contactless. No change can be given.
Or you may use the good2go app. to pay for your parking online after your visit
Blue Badge Holders: Grantham, Boston and Lincoln If you have not already registered please take the photo part of your Blue Badge to the Main Hospital Reception or Endoscopy Reception to register. Leave the clock section in your car on clear display.
Once registered you can freely use the hospital’s blue badge and patient and visitor parking while attending appointments or visiting patients without visiting the payment machines. You must display your entire Blue Badge until you leave. If your Blue Badge expires, or you visit in a different vehicle, you will need to visit reception to update your details.
Louth car parking charges:
Up to 1 hour £1.00; All day £2.00. Coins only: 5p, 10p, 50p, £1, £2 (card payments not accepted). Louth parking charges are not set by ULHT.
Blue badge holders: Louth
Blue badge holders are exempt from parking charges.
Patients who receive certain benefit payments and who are eligible to claim travelling expenses may claim for car parking charges.
Dropping off and picking up
Patients being dropped off or picked up from designated pick up points will be able to do so free of charge (maximum 20 minutes). On the Lincoln site there are drop off points located just outside the endoscopy unit.
If you require a wheelchair there is a supply just inside the main entrance. At Louth hospital these are in the outpatient department. A £1 coin is required. Please ask for assistance if needed. Please return all wheelchairs to the collection point. You may of course bring your own wheelchair or any other equipment.
What if I need transport?
Contact East Midlands Ambulance Service non-emergency transports service (NEPTS) booking line on 0333 3003434 to book transport. . If you are eligible they will arrange transport for you. Do not forget if you are having sedation, you will also need to book a seat for a friend or relative to travel with you.
The Transport Helpline (0345 456 4474) provides advice on transport options such as community car schemes and CallConnect. They offer an advisory service only and are not able to book transport for you.
Alternatively, you may choose to reach out to Royal Voluntary Service where their patient transport service may help you to get to and from essential medical appointments. Please call 03305 550310 or 01522 305313 for further details.
On the day
On arrival at the hospital please report to the endoscopy unit.
A member of the endoscopy staff will help you prepare for your procedure and answer any questions you may have.
What to bring with you
- Your consent form
- Details of all your medications including inhalers (a printed copy of a repeat prescription sheet is ideal, otherwise bring your drugs in their original packaging)
- If you take warfarin, please bring your yellow book
- Contact details of the relative or friend who will be collecting you
Important information regarding your procedure
Eating and drinking
You should follow the instructions in the procedure leaflet about when to stop eating and drinking.
Patients with diabetes
If you have diabetes please read the specific instructions for this group of patients in the enclosed procedure leaflet. If you need to contact the Diabetes Nursing Team please telephone: 01522 573074
Waiting times in the endoscopy unit
Overall you may expect to be in the department for 1 to 4 hours.
It may appear that some patients are being called for their appointment before you, this is because several treatment rooms are in use.
We aim to keep waiting times as short as possible, however, some patients have complex conditions which require more time. We also treat emergency patients who will take priority where needed. We will aim to keep you informed of any delays.
There is limited seating available within the endoscopy units, therefore, relatives and friends are encouraged to use the various refreshment areas throughout the hospital while they are waiting. Reception staff will happily provide directions if needed.
Students on clinical placements
Students and/or trainee endoscopists may be present when you see the doctor or nurse, as this forms a valuable part of their training. Trainee endoscopists are supervised by an experienced and suitably qualified endoscopist at all times. If you do not wish students or trainees to be present please tell a member of staff. Your treatment will not be affected in any way.27