Summary of team:

Endoscopy has a wide range of specialities working within our units, we have surgeons, physicians, gastroenterologist, clinical endoscopists, clinical nurse specialist and nurse to help support and care for people undergoing diagnostic, therapeutic and surveillance endoscopic procedures.


Further Information:

People are generally referred in to our service, either by their GP or through specialist consultant referral from the out-patient department.


 

We have an endoscopy at:

  • Wansbeck
  • North Tyneside
  • Hexham
  • Alnwick
  • With a further department at the new build at Berwick

In our department care for patients undergoing various types of endoscopic procedures. These procedures are:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Trans-nasal endoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatogram)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound scanning

These can be to investigate stomach and bowel symptoms, but also some respiratory conditions also.

We have Patients who need regular endoscopy to help manage their condition but we can also use specialist endoscopic techniques to perform therapeutic procedures for example, treating large polyps or removing gallstones that are stuck in the bile ducts.

This is a very busy nationally accredited department with several endoscopy procedure rooms running at the same time, below is what you can expect to happen when you come for your procedure. Different procedures might need different preparation and this will be explained to you.

When you attend for your appointment you will be greeted by the reception staff who will check your details are correct.

You will be asked to wait in the waiting room until the nurses are ready for you.

A nurse with introduce themselves and invite you to go through the admission documentation in a private room

You will be prepared for you procedure you may need to get changed, but this depends on what procedure you need. You will have your blood pressure and pulse recorded and a consent form signed you will then be shown to a bed area until it is time for your procedure.

You will be taken to a procedure room by the nurse who will be taking care of you, there you will meet the endoscopist and further safety checks will be made before the procedure is carried out.

Once your procedure is completed you will be taken to a recovery area, once you are recovered, you will be given your discharge information in a private room and allowed to go home with a responsible adult if required.

  • Dr Tom Lee Endoscopy Clinical Lead/Consultant Gastroenterologist
  • Sandra Marshall – Endoscopy Matron
  • Leigh Donnelly – Education and service development lead
  • Sr Michelle Davison Unit Manager North Tyneside
  • Sr Kirsty Harrison Unit Manager Wansbeck
  • Sr Paula Clarke Unit Manager Hexham
  • Sr Tracey McCann/Sr Shani Smith Unit Manager Alnwick
  • Sr Claire Boon Endoscopy Nurse Practitioner