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    • Examination, investigation & assessment of the lower colon
    • Only 7 days from referral to procedure for red flag cases
    • Team of leading specialist Colorectal Consultants
    • Outstanding patient care before, during and after your procedure

Sigmoidoscopy is a medical procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine the lower part of the colon and rectum.

Colorectal health is a matter of paramount importance, and regular screenings play a pivotal role in early detection and prevention of colorectal diseases, including colorectal cancer. Among the various screening methods available, sigmoidoscopy stands out as a valuable tool. A sigmoidoscopy, can be crucial for maintaining your colorectal health.

What is Sigmoidoscopy?

Sigmoidoscopy is a medical procedure that allows healthcare professionals to examine the lower part of the colon and rectum, collectively known as the sigmoid colon and rectum. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can help detect and diagnose various colorectal conditions, including colorectal cancer, polyps, and inflammatory bowel disease.

How Does Sigmoidoscopy Work?

  1. Preparation: Before the procedure, patients are typically required to empty their bowels completely. This often involves dietary restrictions and the use of laxatives or enemas to ensure a clear view of the colon and rectum during the examination.
  2. The Procedure: During sigmoidoscopy, a thin, flexible tube called a sigmoidoscope is inserted into the rectum and advanced through the sigmoid colon. The sigmoidoscope contains a light source and a small camera, allowing the healthcare provider to visualize the inside of the colon and rectum in real-time.
  3. Visual Examination: As the sigmoidoscope is carefully advanced, the healthcare provider examines the lining of the sigmoid colon and rectum for abnormalities. This may include looking for polyps, inflammation, or signs of cancer.
  4. Biopsy and Polyp Removal: If any suspicious areas are found, the healthcare provider can take tissue samples (biopsies) or remove polyps during the procedure. These samples are sent to a laboratory for further analysis.
  5. Completion: Once the examination is complete, the sigmoidoscope is slowly withdrawn, and the procedure is finished.

Why Is Sigmoidoscopy Important?

  1. Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer: Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide. Sigmoidoscopy can detect precancerous growths (polyps) and early-stage colorectal cancer when it's most treatable.
  2. Polyp Removal: Not only does sigmoidoscopy detect polyps, but it also allows for their removal during the procedure. Removing precancerous polyps can prevent the development of colorectal cancer.
  3. Diagnostic Tool: Sigmoidoscopy can aid in the diagnosis of various colorectal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulosis.
  4. Screening Frequency: Sigmoidoscopy is typically recommended every 5 years for individuals at average risk of colorectal cancer, making it a cost-effective and accessible screening option.

Sigmoidoscopy vs. Colonoscopy

It's essential to differentiate sigmoidoscopy from colonoscopy, another common colorectal screening procedure. While both methods examine the colon, they have distinct differences:

  • Sigmoidoscopy examines only the lower part of the colon (sigmoid colon and rectum).
  • Colonoscopy examines the entire colon and is more comprehensive.
  • Colonoscopy requires sedation, while sigmoidoscopy often does not.
  • Colonoscopy may require a longer recovery time, whereas sigmoidoscopy typically allows for a quicker return to normal activities.

The choice between sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy depends on individual risk factors and healthcare provider recommendations.

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


Sigmoidoscopy is a vital tool for maintaining colorectal health. Its ability to detect early signs of colorectal cancer and other conditions makes it an essential screening method for individuals at average risk. By undergoing regular sigmoidoscopy screenings and following your healthcare provider's recommendations, you can take proactive steps towards preventing colorectal diseases and ensuring a healthier future. Remember, early detection can save lives, so don't hesitate to discuss colorectal screening options with your healthcare professional.

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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