Endoscopy Unit

The Endoscopy Department carries out procedures at both Hillingdon Hospital and Mount Vernon Hospital. Patients are referred by their GP or consultants from other parts of the hospital. Procedures are carried out throughout the hospital for inpatients, and outpatients are booked in to the main Outpatients Department.

The new Endoscopy Unit

Our £800,000 Endoscopy Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital (above) was officially opened in 2014. The unit offers the very latest technology housed in an attractive environment. Importantly, the facility has been designed to ensure a streamlined journey for patients from admission on to the unit, through to the procedure itself and discharge home. The benefits for staff come from working in a modern unit, equipped with the very latest technology, allowing them to provide the best possible care to patients.

There is a four-bedded ward where patients requiring a gastroscopy or colonoscopy investigation can be accommodated for treatment throughout their visit. In the past, patients had to retire to a separate sitting room before being discharged.

Then in February, 2015, we also opened a new Endoscopy Unit at Hillingdon Hospital in the recently built Nightingale Centre.

The new unit - part of a £12.3m redevelopment project - offers the very latest technology and has also been designed to ensure a streamlined journey for patients from admissions, through to the procedure and discharge, a process that can be completed within two hours.

There is room for seven patients at a time in the new unit and each patient room has an en-suite bathroom for privacy and comfort.

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is the visual examination of the inside of the body, using an endoscope (a long, tube-like optical viewing instrument). This is a reliable method of investigating problems with the internal organs of the body, and can be used to extract tissue samples for further testing (biopsy), and remove foreign bodies. It can also be used to insert a contrast medium (dye) into a particular organ or tissue. This will then show up clearly under X-ray.

Endoscopy also allows doctors to check for irritation, ulcers, inflammation and abnormal tissue growth in the internal organs. It can be used to close off a blood vessel or remove small growths. When you undergo an endoscopic examination, you may be given a local anaesthetic or sedative.

It is used to examine a number of different organs, including:

  • the lungs (bronchoscopy) and the central partition of the chest (mediastinoscopy),
  • the stomach (gastroscopy), upper intestine and colon (colonoscopy),
  • the inside of the bladder (cystoscopy), and
  • the lining of the rectum (flexible sigmoidoscopy)

Patient Leaflets


Endoscopy Unit

Hillingdon Hospital
Telephone: 01895 279214

Mount Vernon Hospital
Telephone: 01923 844363