Bronchoscopy is telescopic examination of the lungs. We use state-of-the-art equipment to perform diagnostic bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for the investigation of suspected lung cancers, haemoptysis (coughing blood), pulmonary infections (including TB), sarcoid and interstitial lung diseases (ILD).
Our team is made up of specialist bronchoscopy nurses, consultant bronchoscopists, specialty registrars and cytopathologists. Bronchoscopy takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Chase Farm Hospital and on Tuesday and Friday mornings at the Royal Free Hospital. EBUS also takes place at the Royal Free Hospital at these times. In addition, there is an in-patient bronchoscopy service at Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital which enables emergency bronchoscopies throughout the week.
Bronchoscopy is performed as a day-case procedure for out-patients – meaning that you go home from hospital the same day as the examination. Bronchoscopy is performed with local anaesthetic to the airways and often an intravenous sedative.