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Endoscopy in Swindon

The Endoscopy Suite at The Ridgeway Hospital offers dedicated endoscopy facilities. The suite offers a calm and welcoming atmosphere, with patient privacy and dignity at the forefront of its design.

Having under gone a full refurbishment in 2021, the Endoscopy Suite at The Ridgeway Hospital offers dedicated endoscopy facilities, creating a calm and welcoming atmosphere, with patient privacy and dignity at the forefront of its design.

An endoscopy is a procedure that allows a Consultant to see inside the body using a thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light source on the end.  This may be attached to a surgical instrument if you’re having an operation. 

Endoscopy's are used to investigate unusual symptoms or treat a range of conditions. It can also be performed to carry out a biopsy, where a small tissue sample is taken for further analysis.  

During your procedure you will be treated by a network of specially-trained practitioners including consultants, surgeons and our experienced nursing team; working together to provide diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures. They take pride in offering exceptional levels of care, ensuring they keep every patient they treat fully informed of the process, with the aim of making it as stress-free as possible.

Depending on which part of your body is being investigated, an endoscope may be inserted through your mouth, back passage, or through a small incision in your skin. You may have a local anaesthetic tor you might be offered a mild sedative to help you relax. To make all of this more comfortable you will be given your own patient room which will include an en-suite bathroom with walk in shower, affording you full privacy during your time in the hospital.

The endoscopy service at The Ridgeway Hospital has received accreditation from the Joint Advisory Group (JAG), an independent regulator that assesses all endoscopy suites to make sure they are trusted, focused and sustainable
The JAG accreditation programme works with endoscopy services across the UK to improve the quality of patient care.  Accreditation is awarded to services which have demonstrated they meet best practice quality standards covering all aspects of an endoscopy service including quality & safety, patient experience and the workforce.

Feedback from the JAG assessment team for The Ridgeway Hospital said they were impressed by the engagement of the management team in supporting the Endoscopy service and congratulated the Endoscopy Team on delivering high quality, safe patient care.  The JAG assessor said “All pre and post endoscopy care is delivered in individual en-suite rooms which ensures that privacy, dignity, and confidentiality are maintained throughout the patient stay. The service is congratulated on providing a modern, well equipped endoscopy department."

A copy of our accreditation certificate is available upon request.


  • There are several different types of endoscopies. The type of endoscopy you have will depend on the symptoms you’re experiencing.

    Here are some of the different types:

  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Polypectomy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Haemorrhoid banding/injecting
  • Flexible cystoscopy
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • The Ridgeway Hospital’s Endoscopy Suite is available for self-pay and privately insured patients, as well as NHS patients through the e-Referral system.

    If you are paying for yourself, we usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our flexible payment options.

    If you are insured, we can arrange direct settlement with your provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical insurance page.

    And if you’re an NHS patient who would like to be treated at The Ridgeway Hospital, speak to your GP about your referral or visit NHS Patient Choice for more information.

    The Ridgeway Hospital's specialist endoscopy suite

    Consultant colorectal and laparoscopic surgeon Mr Rod Alexander describes our recently refurbished endoscopy suite at The Ridgeway Hospital. He shares more about the the equipment, the procedures, and the treatments available.

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