Cambridge Specialist Centre
Private Service, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver), Endocrinology, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Respiratory
Cambridge Specialist Centre provides a comprehensive and professional digestive health service.
Our services include:
- Specialist consultations - gastroenterologist, colorectal, respiratory, paediatric gastroenterologist and endocrinologist
- Endoscopy (colonoscopy and gastroscopy)
- Capsule endoscopy (PillCamTM)
- Oesophageal physiology testing
- Breath testing for food intolerances & bacterial overgrowth
- Testing for Helicobacter pylori
- Iron infusions
- Haemorrhoid treatment
Our specialists are up to date, accountable and experienced and work closely together to provide total care for your digestive health. See more information below under 'Consultants'.
Our team also includes visiting specialists, Rachel Conway, our dietitian.
What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small and large intestines (bowel), liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
The oesophagus is the tube that joins your mouth with your stomach. It is a muscular tube that contracts to push the food through when you swallow.
The stomach is where food is broken down by acid and emptied into your intestines. The stomach has special cells lining its wall to protect it from these acids.
The intestines consist of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum – different sections of small intestine) and the large intestine (colon). As food passes through the small intestine, nutrients are broken down and absorbed. When it passes into the colon, water is absorbed. The waste that is left is passed as faeces (poo).
The liver is roughly the size of a football and is on your right side just under your ribs. It stores vitamins, sugar and iron which are used by cells in the body for energy.It also clears the body of waste products and drugs, produces substances that are used to help blood clot and aid the immune system, and produces bile which aids in digestion.
The colon and the rectum are part of the digestive tract that processes the food we eat. Together they make up the large intestine or large bowel and are located in the abdomen between the small intestine and the anus. The colon is about 1.8m long and absorbs water and nutrients from food. The rectum is the last segment of the large intestine and is about 20 -25cm long. This is where waste material is stored before it passes out of the body through the anus.
A colorectal surgeon is a general surgeon who has had further training and specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.
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How do I access this service?
Contact us, Referral, Walk in, Website / App
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Procedures / Treatments
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and examine the lining directly. … More
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)
A flexible tube with a tiny video camera attached (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and small intestine while you are under sedation (you have been given medication to make you drowsy).… More
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your large bowel and examine the surfaces directly and take biopsies (samples of tissue) if needed. Treatment of conditions can also be undertaken.… More
A long, narrow tube with a tiny camera attached (sigmoidoscope) is inserted into your anus and moved through your lower large intestine (bowel).… More
Liver Function Tests
Liver function can be measured by looking at blood levels of the liver enzymes AST, ALT, ALP and GGT or levels of other substances produced by the liver.… More
The best way to establish what type of liver disease is present and the extent of the disease, is a biopsy.… More
This is inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by viruses. Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause chronic (long term) inflammation and damage to the liver.… More
Cirrhosis is the term used to describe a diseased liver that has been badly scarred, usually due to many years of injury.… More
Peptic ulcers are sores or eroded areas that form in the lining of the digestive tract.… More
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
There are two types of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In these conditions, the immune system attacks the lining of the colon causing inflammation and ulceration, bleeding and diarrhoea. In ulcerative colitis this only involves the large intestine, whereas in Crohn’s disease areas within the entire intestine can be… More
This is cancer that begins in your colon or rectum.… More
Haemorrhoids are a condition where the veins under the lining of the anus are congested and enlarged.… More
Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
GORD is caused by the backflow (reflux) of food and stomach acid into the oesophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) from the stomach.… More
A hiatus hernia is caused by part of the stomach and lower oesophagus bulging through the diaphragm (a sheet of muscle between the chest and the stomach) into the chest.… More
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This page was last updated at 10:15PM on August 22, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Cambridge Specialist Centre.