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Colonoscopy Total cost £2205
  Consultant fees Hospital fees
Initial consultation £190 No charge
Pre-assessment Included Included
Main treatment Included Included
Post-discharge care Included Included
Subtotals £190 guide price £2015 guaranteed price
Total £2205

The price displayed for your initial consultation is a guideline only as Consultant fees vary according to their own individual fee schedules. The price displayed above however for pre-assessment, main treatment and post-discharge care is guaranteed and inclusive of all costs.

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Brentwood Hospital

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Why choose Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital for your colonoscopy treatment?

Are you in need of quick access to a colonoscopy procedure? At Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital our leading endoscopists regularly perform colonoscopies and can help you skip the wait and gain rapid access to your results. Once the results from surgery are attained, a consultant will talk you through their findings.

Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital is conveniently situated in Brentwood's town centre, close to the m25, Brentwood & Shenfield railway stations. Our state-of-the-art hospital has been providing patients across Essex with first-class care and expert advice since first opening in 1970.

How to book your colonoscopy at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

If you are seeking to go private for your colonoscopy, you will need to book an initial consultation with one of our leading endoscopists before proceeding with surgery.

To book, simply call our friendly hospital enquiry team on 01277 695 695. Alternatively, please fill out a contact form above and a member of our enquiry team will get back to you at a more convenient time.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a test regularly carried out at Brentwood Hospital that allows your consultant to look at the inner lining of your large intestine, (rectum and colon). We use a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps identify conditions such as ulcers, colon polyps, tumours and areas of inflammation.

What does the procedure involve?

Pre-procedure instructions

You will be required to take 'bowel prep' the day before your procedure. Your consultant will give you a prescription for this during your consultation.

We recommend getting this dispensed at the pharmacy at Brentwood hospital as the pharmacist will talk to you about how to take your 'bowel prep'.

During the procedure

  • Your consultant will offer you intravenous sedation and a painkiller.
  • A colonoscopy usually takes between 30-45 minutes to perform.
  • The procedure involves placing a flexible telescope into the back passage and blowing some air into the large bowel to get a clear view.
  • Your consultant will be able to look for problems such as inflammation or polyps.
  • They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis.
  • Banding or injection of haemorrhoids can also be performed at the end of this procedure if required.

After the procedure and recovery

After your endoscopy, you will be taken to the recovery area before allowing you to eat, drink and pass water, reassuring us that you are able to return home safely.

  • If you were given a sedative, you will normally recover in about two hours
  • You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass
  • A member of the team will tell you what was found during the colonoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need
  • You should be able to go back to work the day after the colonoscopy
  • If you have been given sedation you will not be allowed to drive, operate machinery, sign legal documents or drink alcohol for 24 hours.

Complications and risks

Although rare, every surgical procedure carries a small degree of risk. Specific complications from a colonoscopy can include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Breathing difficulties or heart irregularities
  • Making a hole in the colon
  • Bleeding
  • Incomplete procedure.

Your consultant will discuss the risks with you during your consultation.

Are there any alternatives to a colonoscopy?

Other options include a barium enema (an x-ray test of the large bowel) or a CT colonography (a special scan of the large bowel).