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Endoscopy Unit at the Royal Liverpool

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Endoscopy is where we look inside your gullet and stomach using a small camera.

We do this to understand problems and look for diseases including cancer.

This page gives you information about the unit and the staff you will meet.

The Endoscopy Unit at the Royal Liverpool is one of the most prestigious and productive units in the UK for both training and the services it offers. It performs over 12,000 Gastro-intestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures per annum and houses one of the 3 national training centres for endoscopy in the UK, (the only one based north of London). It is regarded as a Centre of Excellence.

What we do

Endoscopy is a procedure that uses a long, thin, flexible, lighted tube, called an endoscope, to diagnose or treat a condition within the gastrointestinal tract. It was developed as a diagnostic tool but has rapidly become a means of performing therapeutic procedures which once would have required surgical intervention. The range of therapeutic endoscopy includes, control of gastrointestinal bleeding; polypectomy; palliation and treatment of GI malignancy; dilatation of strictures; removal of common bile duct (gall stones) stones, to name but a few.

As the vast majority of endoscopic procedures are performed as day cases with local anaesthesia or conscious sedation. The advantages of this over surgical intervention include negating the risks and complications of general anaesthesia and surgical procedure with much reduced morbidity and almost negligible mortality; prevention of significant hospital stay and therefore the reduction risk of hospital acquired infections.

Contact us

The Endoscopy Unit is situated on the ground floor of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital opposite L, M and N Clinics.

For general enquires please ring 0151 706 2720

The team

Prof Martin Lombard
Consultant Hepatologist
Faculty of the Mersey School of Endoscopy (MSE), Endoscopy Trainer
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), EUS-FNA, ERCP

Dr Sanchoy Sarkar
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Endoscopist
Service Lead (GRS). Audit and Research Lead, Endoscopy Trainer, Faculty of MSE
Bowel cancer screening, Colonoscopy, EMR, EUS, ERCP, Therapeutic upper GI, Enteroscopy

Dr Paul O’Toole
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Endoscopist
Director of MSE, Endoscopy Training Lead, Nutrition Lead
Colonoscopy, EMR, Bowel Cancer Screening, Therapeutic upper GI endoscopy. PEJ, PEXACT, Enteroscopy.

Dr Howard Smart
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Upper GI Cancer Lead, Faculty of MSE, Endoscopy Trainer
Therapeutic Upper GI endoscopy including trimodal imaging, HALO, EMR. EUS and ERCP, Enteroscopy

Professor Chris Probert
Consultant Gastroenterologist
IBD Surveillance
Colonoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy

Professor Tony Morris
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Endoscopist
Former President of the BSG & JAG, former director of MSE, Faculty of MSE and Endoscopy Trainer
Capsule Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, EMR, Bowel cancer screening, EUS, ERCP, Therapeutic upper GI, Enteroscopy

Dr Tony Ellis
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Colorectal Cancer Genetics, Endoscopy Trainer
Colonoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy

Professor Mark Pritchard
Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist
Endoscopy Trainer
Colonoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy

Dr Melita Gordon
Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist
Endoscopy Trainer
Colonoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy

Mr Paul Rooney
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Endoscopy Trainer
Colonoscopy & EMR

Mr Paul Carter
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Endoscopy Trainer
Colonoscopy & EMR

Dr Paul Richardson
Consultant Hepatologist
Therapeutic Upper GI Endoscopy & Colonoscopy

Dr Jonathan Evans
Consultant Radiologist
Endoscopy Trainer, Faculty of MSE
EUS, EUS-FNA, ERCP

Mr Richard Heath
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Endoscopy Trainer
Colonoscopy

Dr Paul Collins
Locum Consultant Gastroenterologist
Endoscopy Trainer, Faculty of MSE

Colonoscopy, Therapeutic Upper GI Endoscopy

Pauline Reid
Nurse Consultant in Gastroenterology
Faculty of MSE, Endoscopy Trainer

Therapeutic Upper GI Endoscopy & Sigmoidoscopy

Alison Young
Nurse Consultant in Nutrition
Nutrition
PEG

Karen Gowland
Specialist Nurse
Upper GI Cancer
Upper GI Endoscopy

Una Duffy
Specialist Nurse
Upper GI Cancer
Endoscopy & Colonoscopy

Belle Gregg
Specialist Nurse
IBD
Sigmoidoscopy

Heather Swannack
IBD

Dr Kuruvilla
GP
Sigmoidoscopy

Dr ThorntonChan
GP
Endoscopy

Geoff Fitzgerald
Radiographer
Sigmoidoscopy

Lisa Leedham
Specialist Nurse
Nutrition
Endoscopy

Sue Kennedy
Specialist Nurse
Colorectal Cancer
Sigmoidoscopy

Jane Randles
Specialist Nurse
Colorectal Cancer
Sigmoidoscopy