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The Gastroenterology service provides for diagnosis and management of all gastroenterological conditions including; Hepatology and functional GI (gastrointestinal) disorders.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other Functional Gut Disorders

Patients with a functional gut disorder are managed by the Consultant Gastroenterologist, who may refer the patient on for further support and treatment if required.  The supporting team consists of a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Specialist Dieticians, Clinical Health Psychologists and a Clinical Hypnotherapist.

We provide an individual and holistic service depending on the needs of the patient including:-

  • Full assessment and investigations as required
  • Medication advice
  • Self help and lifestyle advice
  • Nutrition and dietary assessment and treatment
  • Gut Directed Hypnotherapy
  • Psychological Assessment and treatment including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This service is available at York Hospital and patients can be referred by their GP.

Please click here to access our hypnotherapy recordings.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team at York Hospital provide a comprehensive range of general and specialist IBD clinical services to the population of York and surrounding area for patients with a diagnosis of IBD.  This involves in-patient hospital care and out-patient clinics at York Hospital delivered by Consultants and Specialist Nurses.


Endoscopy - a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy service is available, including ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography) and is accessed either by direct referral to Consultant Physicians, Consultant Surgeons or via the open access endoscopy scheme.

Endoscopy is undertaken in a dedicated three room endoscopy suite at York Hospital and ERCP in the vascular imaging unit. The Endoscopy Unit is recognised by JAG (Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) for training purposes and participates in the global rating score (GRS).


Imaging facilities include, access to MRI and MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangio- pancreatography­), ERCP, ultrasound guided biopsy, CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy), small bowel imaging, radiologically guided biopsy and stent placement. Weekly meetings are held between Surgeons, Radiologists and Physicians.

Palliative stenting

Palliative stenting for both oesophageal and rectal carcinomas is available in York and currently separate MDTs exist for upper GI cancer patients, pancreatico biliary cancer and colorectal cancer. These are supported by Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Coeliac Disease

Patients with Coeliac Disease are jointly managed by Consultant Gastroenterologists and Dietitians, with a scheduled programme of annual review.

Liver services

Liver services are provided by Consultant Physicians and supported by an inpatient Substance Abuse Clinical Nurse Specialist for patients with alcoholic liver disease. The Gastroenterologists work closely with their colleagues on the Liver Unit in Leeds for patients requiring transplantation. 

A full range of diagnostic services for patients with Liver disease including biopsy (inpatient and outpatient) and imaging, including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), is available at York. Patients requiring antiviral treatment for Hepatitis B and C are referred to the Regional Unit in Leeds at present, when treatment is initiated.

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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.