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Endoscopy procedures are carried out at Evesham, Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester hospitals.

Our aim is to run the endoscopy lists as close as we can to time, however the time taken to complete procedure can vary; delays are possible with some procedures; acutely unwell patients may need to have their test performed in advance of planned patients. All of these issues can cause some delays.

Before your procedure

Eating and drinking

For a successful examination it is important that you follow the advice given to you about eating and drinking. The rules are different for each procedure, if you are unsure just ask a member of the clinical team or read through the information leaflets.

Your normal medicines

Continue to take your normal medicines up to and including the day of your surgery. If we want you to stop any of your normal medication a member of our team will explain what you should do. It is important to let us know, before you are admitted, if you are taking anticoagulant drugs (for example, warfarin, aspirin or clopidogrel) or for some procedures any antacid tablets (for example, ranitidine, cimetidine, omeprazole).

On the day of your procedure

Feeling unwell?

We will need to know if you feel unwell when you are due to come into hospital for your procedure. Depending on your illness and how urgent your investigation is, your procedure may need to be delayed.

What to bring

Please bring a list of any medications you are taking and any medication you may need to take after your test.

You may want to wear loose-fitting clothes to your appointment, and you should avoid wearing fake tan or body lotion. Please remove any body piercings and jewellery before you leave home.

On the unit

Before the examination you will be welcomed and assessed by an endoscopy unit nurse. 

You may have been given a patient questionnaire to fill in at home. 

Alternatively, you will be asked to complete this with a nurse on arrival. We will need to know if you: 

  • Have experienced any allergies or bad reactions to drugs or tests in the past? 
  • Suffer from any other medical conditions, for example, diabetes or asthma? 
  • Are taking any medications? 
  • Have had any previous endoscopies? 
The nurse will discuss the test with you, take your pulse, blood pressure and confirm that you wish to go ahead with the procedure. 

Helping new staff to learn

Your procedure may be performed by trainee doctors or other health professionals under the careful supervision of a senior doctor. You can decline to be involved in the training of trainee doctors and other health professionals – this will not affect your care or treatment.

After your procedure

After the procedure, you may feel a little bloated with wind pains but these usually settle quite quickly and you may find that you have a sore throat for a little while.

We will discuss the findings of the procedure with you before you go home.

If you have had sedation, the results of your procedure will be discussed with you and the person taking you home with your consent.

Leaving the hospital

Once you get home, it is important to rest quietly for the rest of the day. This is very important if you have been sedated, sedation lasts longer than you think.

After some procedures you should not be left alone for the following 12 hours, and you must be accompanied home from the hospital by a responsible adult. If this is the case, the clinical team will discuss this with you before your procedure to allow you time to make appropriate arrangements.