The gastroscope is a thin flexible tube, smaller than the thickness of a finger for examination of the oesophagus and stomach. After you have been given intravenous sedation the tube is inserted through your mouth and into the stomach. Several procedures can be carried out through the gastroscope including taking small tissue samples (biopsy).
You are not permitted to drive or operate machinery for at least 12 hours after the procedure.
For this reason, it is important that you organize prior to admission, a carer (relative or friend) who will take you home and look after you.
It is possible to go home in a taxi but only if you are accompanied by your carer.
If you have not received any paperwork prior to your procedure, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete your admission paperwork. Please note that after admission you may have to wait for a small period of time before your procedure. Please be patient during this time as other procedures ahead of you can take longer than expected. We will do our very best to keep you informed.