Gastroscopy, also known as an upper endoscopy, is the direct inspection of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper gastrointestinal tract) via a gastroscope. The gastroscope is a long flexible tube about 8-10 mm in diameter with a camera on the end which relays images to a TV screen. Small tissue samples (biopsies) may be painlessly collected by passing long, thin forceps down a channel in the gastroscope.
The procedure is commonly performed when your doctor suspects any inflammation, ulceration or other abnormality of these areas.
Preparation for a gastroscopy only requires fasting. However the procedure is performed using a light sedation, which means you must not drive a vehicle, operate machinery or make any legal decisions within 12-24 hours after the procedure.
If you have made a booking for a gastroscopy you will need to download and print the following paperwork :
1) The Gastroscopy Handout - this includes a consent form which you must bring with you on the day
2) The appropriate hospital brochure and admission forms.

Please read all pages very carefully to ensure you are adequately informed. The consent form is page 4
If you are having your gastroscopy done along with a colonoscopy, please print this handout:  Colonoscopy_Gastroscopy_Handout_LCD.pdf   NB You will have two (2) consent forms to bring on the day
If you have any questions at all, please call the rooms on (07) 5591 4455
To select and print the paperwork for the hospital you have been booked into, please select the 'Hospitals' link under Dr Dorrington, above