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Belfast Hospital

UK 028 90 667 878  ROI 048 90 667 878 

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UK 028 7776 3090  ROI 048 7776 3090 

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    • Rapid access to scope procedures with no lengthy waiting time
    • Only 7 days from referral to procedure for red flag cases
    • Helps identify inflammation, ulcers, and tumours

Kingsbridge Private Hospital Endoscopy clinic has a team of locally based Consultant Gastroenterologists and Hepatobiliary Surgeons who can deliver an examination, diagnosis and ultimately treatment of conditions in the oesophagus, stomach, large and small intestines (bowel) and biliary system.

OGD Investigative Procedure

Understanding and treating various gastrointestinal disorders has been greatly aided by advanced technologies and procedures in the field of medical diagnostics. Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy, commonly known as OGD, is one of these remarkable advancements that allow physicians to delve deep into the digestive system, helping diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.

What is an Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy?

OGD is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure used to visualise the upper part of the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the initial portion of the small intestine). This diagnostic tool has revolutionised the field of gastroenterology, enabling healthcare professionals to detect, diagnose, and treat various gastrointestinal disorders with precision.

The OGD Procedure

Before undergoing an OGD, patients will receive a detailed explanation about the procedure. To ensure patient comfort, a mild sedative and local anesthetic are usually administered. This helps relax the patient and reduce discomfort during the procedure.

Step-by-step guide of the OGD procedure:

  1. Preparation: Patients are advised to fast for at least 6-8 hours before the procedure. This ensures that the stomach is empty, providing the endoscopist with a clear view of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
  2. Instrumentation: A flexible endoscope, a slender tube equipped with a light and a small camera at the end, is gently inserted through the mouth and guided through the esophagus, stomach, and into the duodenum. The camera sends real-time images to a monitor, allowing the healthcare provider to examine the tissues and structures in the upper digestive system.
  3. Examination: During the procedure, the endoscopist carefully inspects the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. They can identify and document any abnormalities, such as inflammation, ulcers, tumors, or bleeding.
  4. Biopsy: If necessary, the endoscopist may take small tissue samples (biopsies) for further analysis. Biopsies are particularly useful in diagnosing conditions like Barrett's esophagus, Helicobacter pylori infection, and certain cancers.
  5. Therapeutic Intervention: In addition to its diagnostic capabilities, OGD can be used for therapeutic purposes. If polyps or small tumors are discovered, they can be removed during the procedure. OGD can also be used to treat conditions like bleeding ulcers through techniques such as cauterization.
  6. Post-Procedure: After the procedure, patients are monitored as they recover from the sedative effects. They may experience mild throat discomfort, bloating, or gas, which typically subside within a few hours.

Conditions Diagnosed and Treated with OGD

OGD is an invaluable tool for diagnosing and managing various gastrointestinal conditions, including:

  1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): OGD can identify complications of GERD, such as Barrett's esophagus, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
  2. Peptic Ulcers: OGD is instrumental in detecting ulcers in the stomach or duodenum and assessing their severity.
  3. Celiac Disease: OGD can help confirm the diagnosis of celiac disease by visualizing damage to the small intestine's lining.
  4. Gastrointestinal Bleeding: The source of gastrointestinal bleeding, whether from ulcers, varices, or other causes, can often be identified and treated using OGD.
  5. Cancer Screening: Early-stage esophageal, stomach, and duodenal cancers can be detected and biopsied through OGD, enabling timely treatment.

Safety and Risks

OGD is generally considered safe, with minimal risks. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential complications, including bleeding, infection, and perforation. These are rare but can be serious.

Rapid Access to Scope Procedures

There is no need to spend weeks on a waiting list for a scope procedure.

All patients, whether insured or self-funded, can gain rapid and convenient access to some of the latest generation endoscopy diagnostic imaging and treatments.

Referrals to our Endoscopy Clinic can be arranged through your own GP or, alternatively, same-day referrals are available at our Belfast Hospital through the Kingsbridge Private GP Service.

7-Day Scope Pathway

At Kingsbridge Diagnostic & Treatment Centre we aim to see your patient as quickly as possible. We have introduced a 7 day referral pathway for red flag cases which will in time will be the standard process for all patients who require scope diagnostics and treatment.

Referring your patient to our 7 day pathway is easy.  Simply complete & submit our 7 Day Scope Referrral Form
Alternatively, you can direct your patient to contact us with their referral via the following methods:

Text BOOKNOW to 66777
Email appointments@kingsbridgehealthcaregroup.com


Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy has become an indispensable tool in the field of gastroenterology, allowing healthcare providers to explore the upper digestive tract with precision and accuracy. From diagnosis to treatment, this minimally invasive procedure has transformed the way gastrointestinal conditions are managed, ensuring timely intervention and improved patient outcomes. As technology continues to advance, OGD will likely evolve further, enhancing its diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, and contributing to better digestive health for patients around the world.

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GX

Kingsbridge Diagnostic & Treatment Centre

Building One, Dataworks, King's Hall Life Sciences Park Belfast BT9 6GW

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr Grant Caddy

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Mr Garth Beattie

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Ian McAllister

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Damian McKay

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr. David Neely

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

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Patient Testimonials

"I am extremely happy with the treatment, and with the standard of care I have received. There is no doubt as to whether this treatment is highly effective. I have had several cosmetic surgeries (although not on my face) but can say in comparing the results of the Spring Thread procedure with other less invasive treatments, the results are more in keeping with the surgical procedures I have had." Spring Thread Patient Review, Cosmetech at Kingsbridge Patient
"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
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