About

The GI Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is a multidisciplinary group comprised of Gastroenterologists, Upper and Lower GI Surgeons, Radiologists and Oncologists.

The GI Unit’s Consultants hold senior positions in London’s top teaching hospitals, bringing vast expertise and experience to the unit. Our leading Consultants and specialist physicians put patients’ needs first, performing to the quickest time frames possible.

Meeting to discuss every individual patient’s condition is key to devising the best possible care programme to suit each patient.


About the GI Unit

Our team is supported by the latest endoscopic and diagnostic technology.

Many of our doctors in the GI Unit are involved in ground-breaking research, making them the most sought after specialists in their field. Dieticians, psychologists and nutritionists are all available to provide patient-centred care.

Common abdominal symptoms such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel habit and abdominal pain can be distressing for patients. In most cases, the symptoms are not due to underlying health problems (common cases include haemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux). However, for more serious cases, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment is key to recovery.

In our state-of-the-art facilities we treat a range of gastrointestinal conditions, including both common and uncommon disorders of the digestive tract including:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Dyspepsia
  • Reflux
  • Change in Bowel Habit
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Liver Disease
Endoscopy Treatment

Imaging

The Diagnostic and Imaging Department is a state-of-the-art facility, offering a comprehensive Gastrointestinal Radiology service, including CT 3D Virtual Colonoscopy, CT & MRI enterography.

A dedicated bariatric (obesity) imaging service has been launched & the Radiography faculty includes eight Consultant Radiologists with a dedicated interest in Body Imaging, working alongside a passionate team of Radiographers and Assistants.

The Department has a latest generation 64-slice Siemens Sensation CT scanner, 3T and 1.5T MRI scanners and several X-Ray units. Our ethos is that the quicker our patients can be diagnosed, the quicker they can commence treatment.

Please contact the GI Unit Coordinator on 0207 078 3802 or gi.unit@hje.org.uk if you would like further information on the Unit or you are interested in booking an appointment. We can often offer same day consultations.

Walk-in Appointments

If you have any problems or symptoms that you are worried about, you are able to attend our private, self pay urgent care centre Casualty First.

Open 7 days a week, Casualty First’s highly experienced doctors can arrange onward referrals to the GI Unit. Referrals are routinely covered by medical insurance companies.

The team at the GI Unit is supported by the latest endoscopic and diagnostic technology.

Caroline Fox - CEO

Team Profiles

Being based at the Hospital means that the GI Unit has access to state of the art facilities, as well as a vast network of Consultants covering all specialties.

Contact Information

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist, our team are available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 3pm.

Most patients are referred to us by their GP or another medical specialist as a referral letter is often needed before an appointment can be confirmed.

If you do not have a GP, then we may be able to assist you by suggesting the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Norwich Union), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

Our Charity

The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is a charity, meaning every time you visit here for treatment you are helping someone less fortunate than yourself.

Our aim is to help care for the sick, whilst putting back profits from our world-renowned organisation to fund our on-site hospice and clinics. Our key objectives are to make sure that patients receive the support and treatment they need in an environment that is safe and secure, offering the very highest standards of care to whoever seeks it.

As a charity, we must operate on a not-for-profit basis and our assets are used for charitable purposes.