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Endoscopy Centre

  • Overview

    One-stop endoscopy services centre

    The newly refurbished endoscopy centre at Gleneagles Hospital is a one-stop service centre providing a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. With larger rooms, improved privacy, and more rest beds and washrooms, we provide a comfortable experience for patients.

    Our team of professional staff and specialists are present to ensure clear explanations of procedures and provide end-to-end medical attention and care, helping to ease any discomfort and anxiety patients may feel.

    Facilities

    The new endoscopy centre occupies a floor space of 8,826 square feet, twice larger than before. New facilities include:

    • 6 procedure rooms
    • 35% more space in each individual room
    • 25 preparation and rest beds
    • 2 VIP rooms
    • 2 public toilets
    • 7 patient toilets with safety bar
    • 7 toilets (including a washroom/shower room in each VIP room)
  • What is an Endoscopy?

    What is an endoscopy?

    An endoscopy is a non-invasive procedure used to examine the insides of an organ in detail. An endoscope is a long, thin and flexible tube with an attached tiny video camera and light at the end. The images captured by the camera is displayed on a monitor, so the specialist can have a clear and detailed view of what is going on inside the organ.

    Endoscopy is a safe and effective way to examine the lining of organs such as the stomach, colon, lung and bile duct. Minor surgery such as removal of polyps can also be done through endoscopy.

    Both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy are performed as day procedures. Patients do not need to be hospitalised for the procedures and can return home on the same day of the endoscopy.

  • Procedures in Our Endoscopy Centre

    List of endoscopy procedures

    The list of procedures offered at our endoscopy centre includes the following:

    Diagnostic Endoscopy

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gastroscopy
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Cystoscopy
    • Enteroscopy
    • Capsule endoscopy
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    Therapeutic Endoscopy

    • Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
    • Variceal banding
    • Insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Dilatation of oesophageal strictures
    • Insertion of oesophageal stents
  • What You Can Expect & How to Prepare

    What to expect at an endoscopy

    Prior to the Procedure

    Please visit the admissions office at the hospital lobby (level 2) for registration.

    • Your doctor will advise if you require an endoscopy and explain how the procedure is like.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications (eg. anti-coagulants), have any medical condition (eg. diabetes, heart or lung disease), have any drug or food allergies, or have had exposure to an infectious disease in the past 2 weeks.
    • Your doctor will discuss with you your medical history, your family history and if you have previously undergone any surgery.
    • Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before the procedure.
    • For colonoscopy, patients will have bowel preparation medication based on your doctor’s advice and order.
    • You will need to sign a consent form based on your doctor’s recommendation before procedure.

    Day of the Procedure

    • Please report 1 hour before your scheduled time at the endoscopy centre, Annex Block Level 4.
    • The endoscopy procedure is a day procedure, where you will be admitted and discharged on the same day.
    • Sedation will be given to you with your consent prior to the procedure to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
    • If the doctor sees something that may be abnormal during your gastroscopy or colonoscopy, small amounts of tissue can be removed for analysis (biopsy), and abnormal growths or polyps can be identified and removed. In many cases, colonoscopy allows for accurate diagnosis and treatment without the need for a major operation.
    • If the doctor sees something that may be abnormal during your gastroscopy or colonoscopy, small amounts of tissue can be removed for analysis (biopsy), and abnormal growths or polyps can be identified and removed. In many cases, colonoscopy allows for accurate diagnosis and treatment without the need for a major operation.

    After the Procedure

    You will need to rest in our recovery area for at some time until you have fully recovered from sedation, before being discharged to your doctor’s clinic or home.

    When you are assessed to be fit for discharge, you will be given the following:

    • Date and time of your next review at the doctor’s clinic
    • Medication prescription by doctor if any
    • Specific instructions by the doctor
  • What to Bring

    What to bring for your endoscopy procedure
    • Identity card / passport / birth certificate / FIN card (spouse/parent/next-of-kin’s identity card may be needed)
    • Hospital’s admission assessment form (given to you at the clinic)
    • Consent form for operation/procedure (given to you at the clinic)
    • Financial counselling form (provided by your doctor’s clinic)
    • Doctor’s referral letter
    • Medical benefits card or letter of guarantee from insurance company / employer (for patients with credit arrangements with the hospital)
    • List of medications that you are presently taking, including the specified dosage