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An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined internally using an endoscope.

Endoscopies are performed at:

  • York Hospital
  • Scarborough Hospital
  • Bridlington Hospital  


An endoscope is a thin, long, flexible tube that has a light source and a video camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are relayed to a television screen.

Endoscopes can be inserted into the body through a natural opening, such as through your throat or anus (the opening through which stools are passed out of the body).

Alternatively, it can be inserted through a small surgical cut made in the skin.

What happens during an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is usually carried out while a person is awake. It is not painful, but can be uncomfortable so a local anaesthetic or sedative (medication that has a calming effect) may be given to help you relax.

The endoscope is carefully inserted into your body. Exactly where it enters your body will depend on the part of the body being examined.

An endoscopy can take 15-60 minutes to carry out, depending on what it's being used for. It will usually be performed on an outpatient basis, which means you will not have to stay in hospital overnight.

For more information and to view a video visit NHS Choices.

About the Department

The Trust's Endoscopy Department is managed by the Directorate of Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care. The Directorate Manager is Richard Morris.

We are a department aspiring to meet and exceed the standards set out by the Joint Advisory Group for endoscopy (JAG).


  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Anorectal Physiology and Endoanal Ultrasound
  • Upper GI Physiology
  • PEG
  • Enteroscopy
  • ERCP
  • Bronchoscopy

Meet the team (York)

The Endoscopy Unit at York Hospital is situated on the first floor above the main entrance and adjacent to the day unit.

Name  Title  Contact 
Liz HillDirectorate Manager 5153 
Julie JacksonSister and Endoscopy Unit Manager 6690
Ashley CowtonEndoscopy Manager 1544
Sue Thomson,
Val Dixon & Kelly Stone
Deputy Sister  6690 / 6694

Mr Srinivas Chintapatla

Endoscopy Lead - Surgery  

Prashant Kant

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Endoscopy Lead (Medicine)  

Glenn Miller Consultant Surgeon (UGI) 5968 
Wingzou Wong  Consultant Surgeon (UGI) 5523 
Mat Giles   Consultant Surgeon (UGI)1627
David Alexander  Consultant Surgeon (Colorectal)5509
Stevan Stojkovic Consultant Surgeon (Colorectal)5961
Ian Bradford      Consultant Surgeon (Colorectal)5761
Nick Woodcock  Consultant Surgeon (Colorectal)1154
Dib Bandy   Consultant Surgeon (Colorectal) 
Pramnthra ChitsabesanConsultant Surgeon 
James Turvill   Consultant Gastroenterologist5816
Gerry Robins    Consultant Gastroenterologist1357
Prash KantConsultant Gastroenterologist 
Anne PhillipsConsultant Gastroenterologist 
Charlie Millson  Consultant Gastroenterologist 
John HutchinsonConsultant Gastroenterologist 
Jacki Hitchin     Endoscopy Administrative Officer 5107
Lesley Willoughby  Senior Rota Coordinator - Surgery1178

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined internally using an endoscope.


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