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One-stop rectal bleed clinic


Coronavirus: endoscopy update

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are only performing emergency endoscopy. Non-urgent endoscopies, including cancer surveillance procedures, will be deferred. 

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I've been referred for the one-stop rectal bleed clinic, what happens - do I have a flexible sigmoidoscopy as well?

At the one-stop rectal bleed clinic, you will have a consultation with a specialist nurse or doctor about your symptoms.

You will then have a flexible sigmoidoscopy, where a soft, flexible tube with a camera at the end is passed through your anus and inside your bowel. This will help to identify any causes for your symptoms.

At the end of this test it may also be necessary to use a small instrument, called a proctoscope, to check for and treat haemorrhoids. For further information, read our leaflet, Rectal bleeding clinic (flexible sigmoidoscopy) (PDF 140Kb). It contains important information for the day of the procedure.