Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a diagnostic test performed using a camera within a thin scope. The procedure aids the clinical management of patients under the care of consultants and GP’s.

The endoscopy units carried out over 18,000 inpatient and outpatient procedures in 2021. The procedures carried out within the Trust are:

  • Oesophago-gastric duodenoscopy (OGD)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (FOS)
  • Cystoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Thoroscopy
  • TOE (TransOesophageal Echocardiogram)
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography)
  • Bowel Cancer Screening

Referrals can be made via GPs for straight to test (STT) OGD and FOS.

The bowel cancer screening programme was introduced into the Trust in 2011. Nurse assessment clinics are performed on the four hospital sites with the colonoscopy lists being carried out at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and Lincoln County Hospital.

Our endoscopy services are open. We have made changes to our endoscopy units to make them as safe as possible for our patients and our staff to minimise the risk of COVID-19. This video explains the steps we have taken and what you can expect at your endoscopy appointment.

For disabled access information about the endoscopy department at Lincoln County Hospital, please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.

For disabled access information about the endoscopy department at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.

For disabled access information about the endoscopy department at Grantham and District Hospital, please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.