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What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of the bowels. A tiny colonoscopy camera attached to a long, thin, flexible tube is inserted into the large intestine via the anus. Reasons for colonoscopy include screening for bowel cancers, diverticulitis or other irritated tissue. A colonoscopy is performed by a doctor or a nurse practitioner called an endoscopist. Colonoscopy is a low-risk procedure with few side effects. 
The colonoscopy procedure will take place in a hospital as a day case under sedation and takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Having a colonoscopy means preparing the bowel with a low-fibre, high-fluids diet plus a strong laxative in the days before the procedure. A colonoscopy is not painful but can be uncomfortable. After the procedure, the colonoscopy sedation will wear off within 24 hours and any continued discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief medication.
A virtual colonoscopy, or colonography, is a non-invasive procedure where a radiologist uses x-rays and a computer to form images of inside the bowel. Unlike a colonoscopy, sedation is not required for a colonography. A virtual colonoscopy can detect colon cancer or polyps. However, a virtual colonoscopy may not be as effective as a colonoscopy at finding certain polyps. Also, doctors will be unable to remove polyps or perform a biopsy during a virtual colonoscopy.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for cataract surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the colonoscopy NHS waiting times
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private endoscopist
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS

Private Endoscopist Specialists in the UK

The following endoscopists perform private colonoscopy procedures in the UK.

Laurence Lovat

Consultant Professor of Gastroenterology and Biophotonics


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Alistair Makin

Consultant Gastroenterologist


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Aamir Sajjad

Consultant Gastroenterologist


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Jonathan Wilson

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon


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Venkat Mahesh

Consultant Gatroenterologist

Preston and Blackpool

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Simon Radley

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon


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How do I choose a private colonoscopy specialist?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in endoscopy?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many colonoscopy procedures do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • What are my sedation or pain relief options during the procedure?
  • When will I recieve my colonoscopy results?

Which hospitals and clinics provide colonoscopy procedures?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private colonoscopy procedures in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does a colonoscopy cost?

If you're paying for yourself, the colonoscopy procedure typically costs. £2,105. (between £1,270 and £2,900) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private colonoscopy covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for this procedure. However, you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private endoscopists are reluctant to see a patient unless there is a referral letter from your GP or optician and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.