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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Gastroenterology services

"Providing the excellent care we would expect for our own families"


Our Gastroenterology Department is based in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and is dedicated to the care of patients with gastrointestinal disorders both on an outpatient basis (e.g. in clinic and the Endoscopy Unit) and inpatients. We work in partnership with our surgery and radiology departments providing specialist services for patients in and around the Dorset region. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is the upper gastrointestinal cancer centre for the east Dorset area serving Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Salisbury as well as offering a joint colorectal cancer centre with Poole Hospital, and a bowel cancer screening centre.

A multi-disciplinary team approach underpins the philosophy of the department and we hold regular meetings with gastrointestinal surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists and our palliative care team. Our department also enjoys excellent support from interventional radiology. The unit is the hub for the Dorset Viral Hepatitis Network and our liver nurses work with colleagues at Poole Hospital, Dorset County Hospital and the Prison Service to deliver viral hepatitis treatment across a catchment area of over 750,000 people.

Outpatient services

The department runs daily outpatient clinics at both the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch Hospital, seeing more than 6,500 patients every year. Our specialist clinics include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hepatology (including hepatitis B and C)
  • Hepato-biliary medicine
  • Oesophageal medicine (including Barrett's oesophagus)
  • Nutrition

Endoscopy services

Our Endoscopy Department is based at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and our dedicated staff perform more than 15,000 procedures per year. The unit has five endoscopy rooms and an x-ray suite, and sees patients routinely six days a week. The unit provides the following services:

  • Gastroscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Enteroscopy
  • Video Capsule Endoscopy
  • Hydrogen and H Pylori breath tests
  • HALO radiofrequency ablation (for Barrett's oesophagus)

Inpatient services

Our gastroenterology consultants provide a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year service, including:

  • daily consultant ward rounds of inpatients
  • daily endoscopy list for inpatients
  • daily review of referrals from other inpatient teams
  • consultants available by phone for GP referrals/advice
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