The Endoscopy Unit

The Endoscopy Unit at University Hospital Limerick’s aim is to provide a diagnosis and treatment for people with symptoms of upper and lower Gastrointestinal problems.

The department benefits from a Consultant body of Gastroenterologists and Colorectal Surgeons who perform procedures, assisted by highly skilled endoscopy nurses on inpatients and outpatients.

The department’s services are available to adults but we do provide gastroscopy procedures to paediatrics as an outpatient and inpatient service lead by a paediatric Consultant.

Endoscopists

  • Dr Skelly
  • Dr Ahmed
  • Dr Moloney
  • Dr Mahony
  • Mr Condon
  • Mr Waldron
  • Mr Kavanagh
  • Mr Abdelhafiz
  • Mr Ali

Procedures Performed in Endoscopy

  • A Gastroscopy is a very quick telescopic and visual investigation which allows for viewing of the oesophagus, stomach and upper section of the small bowel by the passing of a flexible tube through the mouth. Sedation is given if desired.
  • A Colonoscopy allows for viewing of the lining of the large bowel with a flexible tube. You are required to take  medication the day prior to your procedure to cleanse your bowel. You will be given sedation during the procedure.
  • Sigmoidoscopy Allows for examination with a flexible tube to the left side of your large bowel. You may require an enema to be given  on arrival to the department prior to your  investigation.
  • Proctoscopy  is an examination of the rectum using the flexible scope.
  • ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) uses endoscopy and fluoroscopy to diagnosis and treat problems of the biliary or pancreatic duct system.

Information on all types of appointments are sent by post to patients with information of what is required prior to procedure. Please read carefully and follow instructions.

Inpatients Service

Referrals are delivered to the Endoscopy Unit from Medical / Surgical wards and A&E by admitting Consultants. The inpatient referrals are reviewed by a Consultant in Endoscopy and an appointment or time frame is given as to when the patient can have the procedure. The patient is escorted by a nurse to Endoscopy .We aim to complete investigation for patient within a timely manner and return patient to the ward.

All procedures for patients require a written consent prior to your procedure. If the patient is unable to sign this consent a next of Kin may be required to do so on behalf of the patient.

Outpatients Service

Referrals are forwarded to us from General Practitioners or if you had a recent hospital stay or Clinic appointment.

You are required to come to Outpatients 3 on the ground floor.

You will have received details of your procedure and what preparation is required if any with your appointment. If you are a diabetic or are taking a anticoagulant you must check with your GP or the department for instructions of what is required on days leading to your procedure.

You may require sedation for your procedure so you are advised to have pre organised a drive home as this may affect your procedure being rescheduled if not arranged.

Our aim is to maintain confidentiality, dignity and respect for the person who has presented to our department throughout the entire procedure while maintaining a safe environment for patients and staff.

Contact Details

Secretaries:

  • (061) 482347
  • (061) 485365
  • (061) 485629

Nursing:

  • (061) 482773
  • (061) 482368