At New Victoria Hospital our renowned Gastroenterologists offer a range of cutting-edge treatments for conditions of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, duodenum, colon, liver and pancreas. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team that features experienced nurses and specialist physiotherapists, our Gastroenterology Consultants ensure every patient who undergoes diagnostic investigation or private Gastroenterology surgery at New Victoria Hospital enjoys a world-class standard of care. Whether you are suffering from pancreatitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Ulcerative Colitis, we will make sure you receive the expert treatment you need to treat the condition. 

What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the body’s digestive system (the stomach and intestines). As it is an exceptionally intricate part of the body, issues with the digestive system can often be hard to pinpoint.

In a healthy digestive system food will first pass down the oesophagus (gullet) into the stomach. Then, after being broken down by the stomach’s acid, it will move into the small intestine (the first part of which is the duodenum). It is there that enzymes from the pancreas break down and digest the food, which is then absorbed into the body or excreted.

Any problems with the digestive system can make it difficult for an individual to digest food properly, leading to a number of uncomfortable side effects. It is therefore important to seek advice if you have had a recent change in bowel habit or have been passing blood with your motions, particularly if you are 40+ years old. This is especially true for individuals with these symptoms who also have a family history of bowel cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (colitis and Crohn's disease).


Gastroenterology at New Victoria Hospital

At New Victoria Hospital our highly-experienced Gastroenterologists are on hand to treat a range of conditions that affect the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, duodenum, colon, liver and pancreas. With the support of a specialist diagnostic team, they will use the latest technology and innovative surgical techniques to help correct any issues an individual may be suffering with their digestive system.

Among the diagnostic services we offer are:

  • Colonoscopy - A flexible telescope is used to look at the inside of your large bowel (colon).
  • Gastroscopy - A long, thin, flexible tube called an endoscope that has a light source and a video is used to look inside the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
  • Endoscopy - A long, thin, flexible tube called an endoscope that has a light source and a video is used to examine changes in the large intestine and rectum.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - A flexible telescope is used to look at the inside of the left, lower part of your colon.
  • Acid Reflux Testing - During a routine gastroscopy Wireless pH Monitoring is offered in order to obtain more accurate objective information regarding acidity levels in the oesophagus.

Conditions We Treat

As the digestive system is such a complex part of the body that requires the involvement of a number of different organs, there are a wide range of problems that can occur.

Common Gastroenterological conditions we treat include:

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - e.g Crohn’s disease (inflammation of the lining of the digestive system), ulcerative colitis (inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the rectum and colon)
  • Jaundice – a condition where the skin yellows due to an accumulation of bilirubin the blood and tissues
  • Diverticulitis - inflammation of the diverticula (small pouches) in the intestine
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Hepatitis

Whether you are undergoing diagnostic testing or Gastroenterology surgery, throughout your stay at New Victoria Hospital our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists will give you the support, advice and guidance you need for quick and long-lasting recovery.

If you would like to receive more information about the Private Gastroenterology Service at New Victoria Hospital, please call us on 020 8949 9020 or:

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Professor Annette Fritscher-Ravens

MD PHD Medicine-gastroenterology
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Dr Babu Vadamalayan

Gastroenterology, Paediatrics
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