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Children's Digestive & Gut Clinic

    • Endoscopy (camera tests) for children to diagnose inflammed bowel conditions
    • Team of leading specialist Paediatric Consultants
    • Cutting edge solutions. State of the art facilities
    • Outstanding patient care before, during and after your procedure
Paediatrics - Babies, Children and Adolescents
What you need to know at a glance – Children's Digestive & Gut Clinic
Referral Required
Self-referrals or GP referral
Typical Waiting Time
1 week for consultation / 1 month for procedure
Procedure Type
Outpatient
Procedure Time
45 mins
Anaesthetic
General Anaesthetic
Recovery Time
1-3 hours
Full Recovery
Same day
Risks & Complication
Small risk of bleeding. Risk of perforation, though extremely rare.

Inflammatory Bowel & Coeliac Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term mainly used to describe disorders involving long-standing or chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. 

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are long-term conditions that involve inflammation of the gut.

Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine) and involves inflammation and ulcers along the lining of the colon and rectum

Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from where food enters your body in the mouth, to the anus.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder. where the body is unable to digest gluten, a protein in many grains like wheat, rye, and barley. When eaten they make the immune system attack the small intestine.  

What are the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel & Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease occur when the immune system doesn’t work normally. In both cases, that leads to inflammation in your intestines and sometimes other body parts, too.

The symptoms include:

  • pain, cramps or swelling in the tummy
  • recurring diarrhoea
  • blood in your stool
  • indigestion
  • weight loss
  • anemia
  • extreme tiredness

What treatments do we offer to investigate this condition?

Endoscopy (camera tests) for children:

Upper GI endoscopy (OGD)

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (or OGD) is a way for your child’s surgeon to assess the food-pipe, stomach, and first part of the small intestine. It is useful for diagnosing conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux, inflammation (such as in allergic conditions like eosinophilic oesophagitis), Crohn’s disease, and Coeliac disease.

Lower GI endoscopy (colonoscopy)

Lower gastrointestinal endoscopy (or colonoscopy) is used to assess the large bowel when your child has had some bleeding from the back passage, especially if there is a family history of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).

What are the benefits of Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is used to confirm the diagnosis of conditions such as eosinophilic oesophagitis, coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This can then help get your child on the correct treatment for their condition.

What happens during Endoscopy?

If your child is having endoscopy to confirm Coeliac disease they should have at least 4-6 weeks of a gluten-rich diet (ideally to the point where their symptoms are becoming difficult to tolerate) prior to the procedure, as this will massively increase our chance of making the diagnosis on biopsy. A low-residue diet and medicine to clear the bowel is usually prescribed prior to your child’s colonoscopy as this also improves the safety and efficiency of the procedure.

Endoscopy in children is performed under a full general anaesthetic. A flexible telescope is passed via your child’s mouth (for OGD) or via the anus (for colonoscopy). OGD usually takes about 10 minutes to complete, while colonoscopy can take around 45 minutes. During these procedures your child’s surgeon will be able to take tiny samples (or biopsies) of the lining to the gastrointestinal tract and can also take pictures or video to help discuss your child’s condition with you afterwards.

How long does it take to recover?

Endoscopy in children is performed as a day case so your child will be able to go home a few hours after their procedure.

Risks & complications of Endoscopy

Small risk of bleeding. A perforation is a serious complication where a small hole in the bowel occurs as a result of the endoscopy procedure – if this happens children tend to become unwell with abdominal pain, temperatures or vomiting. Thankfully this is extremely rare and occurs in less than 1 in every 1,000 procedures.

Is a referral required?

Self-referrals or GP referrals are both welcome

Average wait time for consultation & treatment

Average wait time for consultation less than 1 week Average wait time for procedure less than 1 month

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

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Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital at Maypole

5-7 Shore Rd, Holywood, BT18 9XH

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Brian MacCormack

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon

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Patient Testimonials

"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
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