Need private gastroscopy procedure?
On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 688 private endoscopists and 201 private hospitals offering gastroscopy procedure and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £1,140 and £2,776. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.
- Should I go private?
- Find a doctor
- Find a hospital/clinic
- What does it cost?
- Am I covered by insurance?
- Do I need a GP referral?
What is gastroscopy?
A gastroscopy procedure is where an instrument called an endoscope is used to look inside the throat, stomach and part of the small intestine. The endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a gastroscopy camera and light at one end. A gastroscopy is used to investigate problems such as difficulty swallowing and diagnose problems such as stomach ulcers. Gastroscopy procedures also treat conditions such as polyps or cancerous tumours. Gastroscopy is sometimes called an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy or upper endoscopy. The upper endoscopy will be performed in a hospital as a day-case gastroscopy, meaning the patient is discharged on the same day as the procedure. A local anaesthetic spray is used to numb the back of the throat before the endoscope is inserted. A gastroscopy can take as little 15 minutes but will take longer if treatment is required. Gastroscopy sedation is optional and may depend on the length of the procedure, the reason for having a gastroscopy and prefered recovery time after gastroscopy.
Should I go private?
Choosing to go private for a gastroscopy procedure offers the following benefits:
- Gain access to fast treatment
- Beat the NHS endoscopy 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 edoscopists perform private gastroscopy procedures in the UK.
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How do I choose a private Gastroscopy 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 surgery?
- What is your position and role within the NHS?
- How many gastroscopy diagnostics 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?
- How long will my gastroscopy take?
- Should I have sedation for a gastroscopy?
- When will I recieve my gastroscopy results?
How much does a gastroscopy cost?
If you're paying for yourself, the gastroscopy procedure typically costs. £1,709. (between £1,140 and £2,776) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.
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 gastroscopy procedure covered by insurance?
If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for this procedure – 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 requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP 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.
Didn't find what you're looking for?
If you haven't found an endoscopy specialist or hospital near you, you might consider widening your search to further afield. Alternatively, you can take the hassle out of searching by using our fast track enquiry service - get personalised advice from three of the leading private hospitals/clinics near you for free and get on the fast track to treatment.
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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
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