An endoscopy is a procedure used to look inside your body using an instrument called an endoscope. This is a narrow (approximately half an inch thick), flexible tube with a camera and light affixed at one end. The camera then relays images back to a screen so that your consultant can examine inside your body. Endoscopy can be used to find out what is causing you pain and/or the symptoms of a wide range of conditions including anaemia, gallstones and ulcers.

Kingston Private Health offers the following types of endoscopy:

• Bronchoscopy – to see a patient’s airways and into their lungs
• Capsule Endoscopy – to look at the digestive tract by swallowing a capsule that contains a camera
• Colonoscopy – for examining the colon and upper colon
• Cystoscopy – to investigate urinary tract infections, incontinence or blood in the urine
• Gastroscopy – to examine the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine
• Sigmoidoscopy – for looking into the rectum and lower bowels.

The standards of endoscopy at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been assessed and accredited by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (www.thejag.co.uk).