Who Might Need a Gastroscopy?
Gastroscopies or upper GI endoscopies can help with the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions including:
- Polyps and cysts
- Stomach ulcers
- Stomach and throat cancers
Private Gastroscopy Fees
A gastroscopy at The New Foscote Hospital can cost as little as £1,300. You will also need to have a consultation with one of our expert doctors in order to be referred for a gastroscopy.
You can self-refer for a consultation with any of our expert consultants. Consultations typically cost between £150-£250, and are available to both self-pay and insured patients.
If you are interested in booking a consultation for your gastroscopy, fill out the form or get in touch on 01295 252281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to pay
There are two ways you can pay for your treatment at The New Foscote Hospital, through your insurance, or self-payment.
Combined Colonoscopy & Gastroscopy
If you are having problems all through your digestive system, then you may be advised to have a combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy. This means that both procedures will be undertaken at the same time so that doctors can get a full understanding of your entire system.
Private Gastroscopy Without Referral
At The New Foscote Hospital, patients can self-refer to any of our consultants, who can then refer you for a gastroscopy or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
That means that you don’t need a referral from your normal doctor or GP for your gastroscopy.
What to Expect From The Procedure
A gastroscopy is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can simply come to the hospital for the procedure, and leave again once it’s done.
Preparing For Your Gastroscopy
You will need to make sure that you do not eat or drink for a minimum of 6 hours before your appointment. This ensures that there’s nothing in your system when you have the procedure.
During Your Gastroscopy
To ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible, you may be offered painkillers or a sedative for your gastroscopy.
Once you’re comfortable, a small tube will go into your mouth, down your throat and into your stomach. This won’t hurt, but you may feel uncomfortable and like you need to be sick, sedation usually helps with this sensation.
Air will be pumped into your stomach so that the camera can get a good view of everything, this may make you feel bloated and it’s very normal for patients to burp during the procedure.
Doctors will view the images of your insides in real time, and if there are any polyps found, they will either remove them, or take a sample for biopsy.
Typically appointments last between 30-60 minutes.
After Your Gastroscopy
As soon as you feel well enough, you will be able to go home. If you’ve had sedation, then it’s important that you do not drive yourself home, and someone should remain with you for the next 24 hours.
You may have a little soreness or pain in your throat and stomach just after your procedure, but this should only last a few hours.
Then our expert team will examine your results, discuss them with your consultant, and be in touch quickly with your diagnosis and next steps.