Our team of highly experience endoscopy specialists, nurses and admin support treat patients who have been referred to the service because of a medical condition that requires having your intestinal tract examined.
You may be referred to our service for a number of conditions such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, liver disease, oesophagitis, ulcers, rectal bleeding cancer of the digestive tract or gallstones.
At the trust we have state of the art endoscopy units at the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool. Our team’s priority is to ensure that your experience while at one of our units is as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Our services have consistently been accredited by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG), who inspect our units and assess the standard of services we provide for our patients.
There are several types of endoscopy procedures. Many general endoscopy procedures involve using an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube that has a light and video chip camera on one end). The camera sends images from inside of your intestine to a screen so the doctor can get a closer look at the inside of your body.
Biopsy’s (samples) may be taken to be looked at in our pathology lab, or we may perform a procedure to treat cancer or relieve painful symptoms.
The team perform a number of different procedures, including:
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Colonic Stenting
- Oesophageal Dilatation
- Colonic Dilatation
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) Polypectomy
- Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) Polypectomy
- Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleed
- Oesophageal Stenting
- Duodenal Stenting
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
- Nasojejunal (NJ) Tube
Further information on these procedures can be found on our information videos page.
You will be referred to our endoscopy service through your local GP or a health professional.
Our clinics are held from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, with some evening and weekends.
University Hospital of North Tees
South Wing, lower ground floor
University Hospital of Hartlepool
Rutherford Morrison Unit
North Tees Endoscopy Unit 01642 624693
Patient information leaflets
We have a full range of procedure and information leaflets available on endoscopy that can be found in the patient leaflet section of the website.