Coronavirus: Upper gastrointestinal service update
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before sending any referrals.
We acept referrals from GPs and healthcare professionals for the following conditions and symptoms:
- suspected upper GI cancers
- gastro-oesophageal reflux
- pancreatic disease
- lumps and bumps
- achalasia and other motility disorders
Enquiries regarding new appointments should be emailed to gst-tr.GISurgery@nhs.net or call 020 7188 8875.
How to refer
Please identify the speciality you are referring to rather than the specific surgeon and the patient will receive the first available appointment in the most appropriate clinic. Alternatively, surgeon or sub-specialty specific referrals may be addressed to the department or individual surgeons.
NHS GP referrals
All NHS GP referrals must be submitted through the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS). Referrals sent by email or post from NHS GPs will not be processed.
Should you require advice about a patient, please use the advice and guidance facility through e-RS.
Non GP and tertiary referrals
Please email your referral to gst-tr.GISurgery@nhs.net.
To help us book your patient into the most appropriate clinic, please provide as much information as possible. We may contact the patient before offering an appointment to make sure they're seen at the most suitable clinic.
Referrals from other hospitals must include a completed Inter-Provider Minimum Data Set or ensure that one is sent within 48 hours of referring a patient.
For urgent two week wait referrals, please complete the proforma from the Healthy London Partnership website.
All NHS GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS). Referrals sent by email or by post from GPs will not be processed.
All non GP referrals, should email email@example.com.
For any further enquiries regarding two week waits, please call 020 7188 0902.
Oesophageal reconstructive surgery
This is a tertiary referral service for patients requiring oesophageal reconstruction following oesophageal trauma, caustic injuries and complications of earlier oesophageal surgery. This service covers south east London, Kent and Sussex as well as other areas.
We accept referrals for consideration of bariatric surgery as part of a multi-disciplinary assessment. The service provides contact with relevant specialties to assess suitability for bariatric surgery.
This service is provided as part of the joint pancreatic unit with King's College Hospital. As the pancreatic unit for south east London and Kent, referrals can be made directly to King's or to St Thomas’.
The service at St Thomas’ undertakes all investigation and non-surgical management of pancreatic disease including cancer. Mr Atkinson performs pancreatic surgery at King's College Hospital.
Surgery for achalasia
We see patients with achalasia and other motility disorders for whom we perform a laparoscopic oesophageal myotomy as either primary treatment or after failed dialation or botox treatment.
We also offer revisional laparoscopic surgery for patients with problems after previous anti-reflux surgery or oesophageal myotomy.