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Endoscopy Unit

The Endoscopy Unit is currently open from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and can be found at Reception G on the first floor of Lymington New Forest Hospital.

Lymington Endoscopy Reception

Lymington Endoscopy Unit is a stand-alone service providing an efficient, safe, high quality service to the local population in a timely manner.  To ensure that this is achieved each patient referral is reviewed by an appropriate member of the team.  

Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis although some inpatient endoscopy procedures are performed at a consultant’s request.

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The procedures performed at Lymington Hospital are usually to investigate symptoms or monitor a condition.  The Unit has strong links with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and patients requiring more complex procedures will be referred to the Endoscopy Unit at Southampton General Hospital.

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined using a narrow flexible tube with a light and camera on the end. 

Please click on the links below for more information about the procedures which are performed at the Unit:

  • Gastroscopy - examination of the oesophagus, stomach and first section of duodenum

  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - examination of the lower section of the large bowel

  • Colonoscopy - examination of the large bowel. Find out what happens during a Colonoscopy here.

  • Bronchoscopy - examination of the lungs

  • Flexible cystoscopy - examination of the bladder (leaflet for males and females available)

There are two procedure rooms which enable two Endoscopists to complete lists at the same time.  Approximately 3500 endoscopy procedures are undertaken each year.

There are 12 trolley bays in the main ward area and 2 side rooms with en-suite facilities.  Separate male and female lists are accommodated within the department in order to ensure the utmost privacy, dignity and respect for our service users. Disabled facilities are available.

There are Endoscopists including a Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist, Registered Nurses and Healthcare Support Workers working on the Unit along with Clerical Staff.  Student Nurses are allocated to Endoscopy for clinical placement where they are supervised by the Registered Nurses.

Family & friends should not be used as translators – if you require support with your communication needs please call and speak to a member of the team. 


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JAG Accreditation 

The JAG (Joint Advisory Group) programme monitors the quality and safety of Endoscopy services in the UK. The group assesses Endoscopy units against a series of best practice standards called the Global Rating Score (GRS).

Lymington New Forest Hospital has been awarded full JAG accreditation status by meeting all of the GRS standards and is therefore able to accept referrals from other JAG accredited sites for Endoscopy.

The Unit is reassessed every year and strives to maintain this high quality of patient-centred care and treatment.

Lymington endoscopy ward