What we do

We offer endoscopy services at the Royal Blackburn Teaching HospitalBurnley General Teaching Hospital and Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre, collectively known as East Lancashire  Hospitals NHS Trust.

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.

Here at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust we offer a range of endoscopic procedures of the gastrointestinal tract.  This includes diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the upper GI tract (gastroscopy), colon (colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy).

Endoscopy is performed by doctors and specially trained nurses (Nurse Endoscopists).  All  endoscopists have met the criteria set by the UK national endoscopy body JAG (Joint Advisory Group  on GI Endoscopy) and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Endoscopy Service has been fully accredited by JAG.  All  endoscopists are supported by specialist endoscopy nurses and health care assistants.

As an endoscopy team we aim to:

  • Make your visit to the unit as relaxed and as dignified as possible

  • Keep you fully informed of what is happening at all times to enable you to make informed choices

  • Provide an accessible, timely and high-quality patient-centred service

  • Provide you with a high standard of care based on current recommendations and protocols

We provide you with a full report of your procedure before you leave our unit. This means that you will be fully informed of the outcome of your procedure. We will also let you know if you need to have any further investigations.

On this web page you will find information about all the procedures and treatments we offer, including helpful links to external websites. You will be able to access information about the endoscopy units and the members of staff that will be looking after you on your visit.

This web page also offers information regarding any disease or disorder that you may be diagnosed with on your visit as well as providing information regarding improving your health and lifestyle.

We welcome patient feedback and undertake a regular patient satisfaction survey. 

For any enquiries about this webpage please contact Stacey.Littler-Roberts@elht.nhs.uk

How to get access the service

E-Referrals

E referrals (formerly know as Choose and book) is the service that lets you book, change or cancel a routine hospital appointment either online or by phone.

When you and your GP agree you need a referral to a specialist, E-referrals shows your GP which locations provide appropriate treatment, and you can choose a date and time to suit you.

Most services at the East Lancashire NHS Hospital Trust are already directly bookable through E-referrals as part of our commitment to offer patients fast, efficient and reliable access to healthcare. We provide services at a number of locations so that patients can choose to be treated closer to home.

You will be given an Appointment Request Letter containing your Reference Number and Password. Make sure you have these in front of you when booking an appointment.

Where to find us

Our services can be accessed at the following locations: 

Service Lead

Dr Joseph K Collum - Clinical Director and Consultant Gastroenterologist

Key staff

We have a highly skilled and dedicated team at ELHT. You can find out who they are below:

Gastroenterologists

Dr Joseph K Collum - Clinical Director and Consultant Gastroenterologist

Specialises in diagnostic/therapeutic endoscopy and Bowel Cancer Screening

Dr Fouad Alani  - Consultant Gastroenterologist

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy and specialist therapeutic endoscopy

Dr Ashwini Banerjee - Locum Consultant Gastroenterologist

 All diagnostic endoscopy and level 2 polypectomy, enteral stents, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) and Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan (EUS).

Dr Ioannis Gkikas – Consultant Gastroenterologist

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy and performs Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) , Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan (EUS) and Endoscopic Mucosal Resection of the Oesophagus and Stomach (EMRs)

Dr Charles Grimley - Consultant Gastroenterologist

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy and is a Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist 

Dr Hassan Hatab - Consultant Gastroenterologist

Special interest in liver disease  and therapeutic endoscopy.

Professor Damien Lynch - Consultant Gastroenterologist 

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) 

Dr Chris Meaden - Consultant Gastroenterologist

Specialist in diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower GI endoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) and Bowel Cancer Screening

Dr Yogi Reddy - Consultant Gastroenterologist

Specialises in Advanced Endoscopy - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopic Ultrasound and all Diagnostic Endoscopy

Surgical team

Mr Haytham Abudeeb - Locum General and Colorectal consultant

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy 

Mrs Jennifer Binnington - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in colorectal and paediatrics.

Mr David Chang - Consultant Surgeon

Specialises in upper diagnostic endoscopy  

Mr Andrew Evans - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in diagnostic flexible sigmoidoscopies

Mr Colin Harris - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy

Mr Lyndon Jones - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy

Mr Valampalayam Natarajan – Staff Grade Surgeon

Specialises in all  diagnostic endoscopy procedures and selective EMRs.

Mrs Judith Salaman - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy procedures and is a Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist

Mr Patrick Scott - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy 

Mr Adnan Sheik - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopy procedures

Mr Louis Vitone

Specialises in all diagnostic endoscopic procedures and transanal endoscopic microsurgery

Mr Michael Gill 

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon to the Surgical Team - specialises in colorectal and TAMIS (trans-anal minimally invasive surgery).

Nurse endoscopists

Sister Caroline Bartle - Nurse Endoscopist Practitioner

Specialises in all diagnostic lower GI endoscopy and bowel scope screening (BoSS)

Mr Myles Daley – Nurse Endoscopist Practitioner

Specialises in all diagnostic and therapeutic lower + upper GI endoscopy, and Bowel Cancer Screening (BCSP)

Sister Andrea Dowie-Wood – Nurse Endoscopist Practitioner

Specialises in all diagnostic lower GI endoscopy, diagnostic upper GI endoscopy and bowel scope screening (BoSS)

Sister Lucy Kelly - Nurse Endoscopist Practitioner

Specialises in all diagnostic lower GI endoscopy, diagnostic upper GI endoscopy and Bowel scope screening (BoSS)

Sister Stacey Littler - Nurse Endoscopist Practitioner

Specialises in performing all diagnostic lower endoscopy and specialises in diagnostic upper GI

Sister Ruth Connelly - Nurse Endoscopist

Specialises in performing all diagnostic lower endoscopy and specialises in diagnostic upper GI

Sister Sarah Catlow - Trainee Nurse Endoscopist

Specialises in performing diagnostic upper GI, however, still a trainee in lower GI

Charge Nurse Benjamin Palmer – Trainee Nurse Endoscopist

Specialises in performing diagnostic upper GI, however, still a trainee in lower GI

Unit managers and lead nurses

Mr Matthew Sutcliffe – Endoscopy Operational Manager and Acting Directorate Manager

Senior Sister Catherine Marshall - Unit Manager at Burnley General  Teaching Hospital and Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre

Senior Sister Julie Cornall – Unit Manager at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Sister Sandra Garner - - Nurse Lead at Burnley General Teaching Hospital 

Sister Cath Fish - - Nurse Lead at Burnley General Teaching Hospital 

Sister Rachael Bird - Nurse Lead at Burnley General Teaching Hospital 

Sister Naomi Haworth - Nurse Lead at Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre

Sister Lynsay Turner - Nurse Lead at Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre

Sister Yasmin Patel - Nurse Lead at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Sister Firoza Fulat - Nurse Lead at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Sister Helen Bennett - Nurse Lead at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Sister Rachel Senogles - Nurse Lead at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

General enquiries

Burnley General Teaching  Hospital  (Monday-Sunday)

8.00 am to 6.30 pm 01282 805117

6.30 pm - 8.00 am - 01254  263555 and ask for BLEEP 087

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital (Monday-Sunday)

8.00 am to 6.30 pm 01254 733191

6.30 pm to 8.00 am 01254 263555 and ask for BLEEP 087 

Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre (Monday-Friday)

8.00 am to 6.30 pm- 01706 235360

6.30 pm - 8.00 am - 01254  263555 and ask for BLEEP 087

Saturday and Sunday - (24 hours) 01254 263555 and ask for BLEEP 087

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