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Endoscopy

What the service does
How to access the service
Location of service
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What the service does

We provide a large range of endoscopy procedures to the general public in Northern Ireland as an outpatient and inpatient service.

An endoscopy procedure is where an endoscopist examines the inside your body using an endoscope.

An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light and camera at the end. Images from the endoscope are displayed on a television screen, which the endoscopist watches during your procedure.

An endoscopy can investigate your respiratory, urinary and digestive systems, for example:

  • lungs
  • gullet
  • stomach
  • bowel
  • bladder

These procedures enable the endoscopist to diagnose and treat many conditions.

Further information on endoscopy is available here.

How to access the service

Outpatients are referred by their GP or hospital outpatient services.  Inpatients being treated in hospital are referred by their consultants or other hospitals.

Location of service

Endoscopy services are provided in three different locations:

  • Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Belfast City Hospital
  • Mater Hospital

Your endoscopy may take place in any of these locations.

The Belfast area Bowel Cancer Screening Programme colonoscopies are performed at the Belfast City Hospital Endoscopy Unit.

Useful links

NHS information on endoscopy.


Locations where this service is delivered