The Manor HospitalChurch End, Biddenham, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 4AW Directions
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Extensive range of gastroenterology treatments for your digestive health
The digestive system of the human body is incredibly complex. Made up of many different organs, it is responsible for breaking food down so that it can be absorbed into the body and then used by it. It is also responsible for removing the waste products of food by expelling them as faeces.
If damage, disease or dysfunction occurs in any part of the digestive system, it has the potential to cause significant health problems. It may also give you some unsettling symptoms like abdominal pain, heartburn or rectal bleeding.
The Consultant Gastroenterologists at The Manor Hospital treat a wide range of digestive system problems, providing expert assessment, diagnosis and treatment for people in and around Bedford. They would be absolutely delighted to help you too.
Upper GI – the mouth, oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine called the duodenum
Lower GI (Colorectal) - the small intestine, large intestine, anus and rectum
HBP (Hepato Pancreato Biliary) – liver, pancreas and gallbladder
Gastrointestinal system diseases will often cause certain symptoms. Commonly seen symptoms are:
If you have any of these symptoms, it is advisable to consult a doctor for advice, particularly if they are severe, giving you pain or causing you concern. The Gastroenterology team at The Manor Hospital are experts in investigating and treating these symptoms and their causes. Some of the common causes of these symptoms are:
Due to the complexity of the digestive system, there is quite a bit of overlap of symptoms for different conditions. This makes it vitally important to get an accurate diagnosis, to make certain you receive the most appropriate treatment. At The Manor Hospital, our specialists can provide you with comprehensive investigation without delay.
A physical examination may also be carried out.
At this stage, it may be found that your symptoms are not a cause for concern and that no further investigation or treatment will be needed.
In other cases, additional investigation will be needed, and this is often by endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube, about the diameter of a pencil, with a camera and light at one end. The camera provides a real time image to a screen.
Depending on your specific symptoms, you may need a Gastroscopy, a Colonoscopy, a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). If required, these can easily be arranged for you by your Consultant Gastroenterologist.
With any of these endoscopic investigations, if anything unusual of concerning is seen, a biopsy may be taken for further analysis. This involves carefully removing a tiny sample of tissue from the area in question and sending it for examination under a microscope.
Additional tests, including blood tests, Stool test, MRI scan, CT scan and ultrasound, can all be arranged by your Consultant if required. (Please note that some investigations may need to be arranged off-site.)
Once any results are back, your Consultant will discuss suitable treatment options with you in order to create a suitable treatment plan. If the results have found something that needs referral to another specialist (for example, a diagnosis of cancer would necessitate referral to the Multidisciplinary team including Oncology), this is easily arranged.
Many people are referred to us from their GP, another healthcare professional or their private medical insurance provider. Others self-refer to avoid delay.
We treat patients with private medical insurance and those using one of our fixed-price self-pay options.
While many of our patients live in Bedford or the surrounding areas, others visit from further afield to see an experienced Consultant Gastroenterologist.
When you choose to visit The Manor Hospital, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and known expert care, book your Gastroenterology appointment now.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Manor Hospital soon.