An endoscopy is a procedure which can be used to investigate symptoms and provide certain types of surgery, by examining the inside of your body using an instrument called an endoscope.

The endoscopy units at both South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital provides in-patient, out-patient and out of hours endoscopy service for patients requiring the following endoscopic procedures:

  • Gastroscopy (Camera test of the gullet and stomach)
  • Colonoscopy (Camera test of the large bowel or colon)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (Limited camera test of the lower large bowel or colon)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (E.R.C.P.)
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Bronchoscopy (Camera test into the lungs)
  • Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (E.B.U.S.)
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy

We also offer the following access to services:

  • Direct to Test Gastroscopy / Flexible Sigmoidoscopy and Colonoscopy
  • Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) Colonoscopy via Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Screening Hub.
  • Inpatient and outpatient endoscopy procedures following consultant review
  • General Anaesthesia (GA) lists where deemed clinically appropriate
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Physiology Studies (both upper and lower)
  • Capsule Endoscopy at South Tyneside (wireless disposable camera test of the small bowel)

Contact us

South Tyneside District Hospital

Jemma Archbold, Unit Manager: 0191 4041000 ext 2273
Endoscopy Bookings Office: 0191 5699626

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Nicola Cahill, Unit Manager: 0191 5699626

Endoscopy Bookings Office: 0191 5699626

Finding us

South Tyneside District Hospital

South Tyneside District Hospital, Harton Ln, South Shields, NE34 0PL

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Sunderland Royal Hospital

The endoscopy unit is based on the main hospital site at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The unit is accessible externally via entrance 11 around the back of the hospital. There is no access internally from the hospital corridors, except for in patients/emergencies.

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Our team

Divisional Director - Helen Turnbull

Associate Divisional Director - Caroline Bell

Directorate Manager - Susan Askew

Clinical and Operational Lead - Zoe Clapham

Matron - Jayne Billings & Dawn Jones

SRH Endoscopy Unit Manager - Nicola Cahill

STDH Endoscopy Unit Manager - Jemma Archbold