Gastroenterology

Overview

Gastroenterology is the study and treatment of the digestive system and digestive problems, including diseases of the intestines, liver and biliary tree, and pancreas. The centre for gastroenterology at the Royal Free London is a multidisciplinary department, offering a range of specialist out-patient and in-patient gastroenterology services as well as state of the art gastrointestinal imaging services. The gastroenterology department also includes gastrointestinal surgery, paediatric gastroenterology, endoscopy services and the Louise Ryan GI physiology unit.

Patient services

Additional information

Contact

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  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane 
    Barnet 
    EN5 3DJ

    Patient enquiries: 020 8370 2588 (outpatients)
    020 8375 4000 Ext 2331/1918/2249/2283 (admissions)
    020 8216 4924 (patient advice and liaison service)

    GP enquiries: 020 8216 5446/020 8216 5453

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway 
    Enfield 
    EN2 8JL

    Patient enquiries:020 8370 2588 (outpatients)
    020 8375 4000 Ext. 2331/1918/2249/2283 (admissions)
    020 8216 4924 (patient advice and liaison service)

    GP enquiries: 020 8375 1981/020 8375 1912/020 8375 1910

  • Edgware Community Hospital

    Burnt Oak Broadway 
    Edgware
    Middlesex 
    HA8 0AD

    Patient enquiries: 020 8732 6722

    GP enquiries: 020 8732 6722

  • Louise Ryan Unit

    The Louise Ryan Unit is situated on the lower ground floor at the Royal Free Hospital.

    Tel/fax: 020 7830 2923
    rf-tr.RFH-LouiseRyanUnit@nhs.net
    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    London
    NW3 2QG

    Patient enquiries: 020 7443 9757 (outpatients)
    020 7830 2849/020 7794 0500 Ext: 35768 (admissions)
    020 7472 6446/6447 or 020 7472 6445 (patient advice and liaison service)

    GP enquiries: 020 7794 0500 x 34832

Referrals

Referral details

Gastroenterolgy referrals

Referrals are welcomed from local GPs and tertiary referrals from any other hospital. All patients are referred by letter from their GP or from other specialists seeking a further opinion. Referrals can also be made via choose and book (CAB).

The centralisation of colorectal services has not changed the referral patterns for GPs or other referrers to the service. Patients can continue to be referred to a particular consultant at a particular hospital. To avoid delay GP referrals should be addressed to a colorectal consultant surgeon or a named consultant surgeon.

Please note, the endoscopy dept at the Royal Free Hospital does not accept direct access referrals to the endoscopy department. However, GPs can refer to the one-stop dyspepsia clinic for direct access upper gastroscopy procedure via paper or CAB referrals.

Louise Ryan referrals

The majority of gastrointestinal physiology tests are not first line tests and patients will usually already be under the care of consultant within one of our hospitals.

We accept referrals from other hospitals using our referral form (link coming soon) or a referral letter which provides the essential information. Our preferred method of receipt is by secure email (NHSmail) as this is the quickest route. Referrals can also be faxed to 020 7830 2923 or sent by post.

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