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A Step Ahead: Internal Medicine

We take you on a tour around the new Endoscopy Centre based in the Central Building at The Wellington Hospital

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Since its opening nearly 15 years ago, the Endoscopy Centre at The Wellington Hospital has led the way in providing outstanding diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy care in London’s independent sector. Now, after six months of redevelopment and expansion, we unveil the new unit, which reopened this June.

Equipped with Technology

This space now occupies two dedicated floors with three spacious state-of-the-art procedure rooms, 12 recovery bays, room for the latest endoscopic equipment and dedicated X-ray screening. This allows for intricate and highly specialised procedures, such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic stenting, to be performed with intense imaging and precision.

In recent years, new equipment such as Scope Guide, Narrow Band Imaging, and high-definition scopes have meant consultants can perform procedures faster and more accurately than ever before. At The Wellington, the latest in advanced video endoscopes and ancillary equipment are used to provide accurate viewing of many internal organs in the following procedures:


• Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (Gastroscopy)

• Enteroscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

• Bronchoscopy

Endoscopic Ultrasound

Capsule Endoscopy

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

First Class Facilities

The Wellington Hospital prides itself on providing first class patient care and comfort, in keeping with this, 12 specifically designed recovery cubicles have been built in place of a traditional open-style recovery ward. Individual cubicles provide increased privacy, cleanliness and comfort for each patient. They also allow for a patient's relatives to be with them leading up to their procedure and post procedure. The majority of cubicles are fitted with a private ensuite, making The Wellington Endoscopy Centre the only such private unit with this service. To maintain high levels of cleanliness, the new automatic endoscopic washer disinfectors have to pass through the decontamination facility - keeping the clean and used scopes in separate rooms. The department also has new drying and storage cabinets for the clean processed scopes.

Dedicated Team

Supported by a dedicated team of highly trained endoscopy nurses and technicians, with over 20 leading consultants including: gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, upper GI surgeons and respiratory physicians, The Wellington Endoscopy Centre provides exceptional care, alongside exceptional facilities.

Click Here to visit The GI Unit website


Endoscopy Centre, Joint Association of Gastroenterologists, JAG, Gastroenterology, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Gastroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, ERCP, EBUS

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