Gastroenterology Clinic Birmingham

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Gastrointestinal conditions can cause incredible discomfort and dramatically impact your quality of life. The specialists at our gastroenterology clinic in Birmingham can run tests to diagnose your condition and create a bespoke treatment plan to manage it.  

Conditions We Treat

Our resident Gastroenterologist at our Birmingham clinic can help you manage a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions so that you can live unimpeded by their symptoms. We can help diagnose and manage:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Often referred to as IBD, this chronic condition typically manifests itself as Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. Common symptoms include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Chronic diarrhoea (over four weeks)
  • Blood or mucus in faeces
  • Bleeding from anus
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Commonly known as IBS, irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition that can be disabling having a lasting impact on quality of life. Symptoms can occur infrequently or last a long time and include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Upper abdominal discomfort
  • Nausea

Functional Dyspepsia

Functional Dyspepsia refers to recurring upset stomach symptoms. It is a common condition with irregularly occurring symptoms, including:

  • Stomach pain
  • Feeling burning in the stomach
  • Bloating
  • Nausea 
  • Feeling full early when eating
  • Excessive belching

Coeliac Disease

This condition involves your immune system attacking your tissue when you eat gluten. It is triggered by foods that include the grains wheat, barley and rye, often found in cakes, pasta, bread and cereals. Symptoms include both gut and general issues including skin complaints:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Stomach Ache
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Malnutrition
  • Rashes

General Gastrointestinal Disorder Investigation

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, our consultants are able to investigate further to try and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Swallowing problems
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort

Bile Acid Malabsorption

This chronic condition occurs when bile acid, also referred to as bile salts, is not properly absorbed within the small intestines. These acids then make their way into the large intestine when they trigger diarrhoea. Symptoms include:

  • Watery diarrhoea
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Difficulty holding in bowel movements
  • The urgency to go to the toilet
  • Stomach cramps and pains

Hepatology

Hepatology is not a condition; it refers to the study and treatment of liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas diseases. Our gastroenterologist covers Hepatology conditions: 

  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests (LFTs)
  • Liver Cirrhosis 
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Alcohol-Related Liver Disease
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin/eyes) 
  • Autoimmune Liver Conditions (including primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis and autoimmune hepatitis)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Haemochromatosis

Eosinophilic Oesophagitis

This chronic immune system condition causes white blood cells to build up in the oesophagus, inflaming and damaging the tissue. Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Food lodging in the oesophagus after swallowing
  • Chest pain that does not respond to antacids
  • Regurgitation of food

Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) causes stomach acid to leak into the oesophagus due to a weakened ring of muscle at the bottom of the organ. You may experience:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Oesophagitis - soreness and inflammation
  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty swallowing

Tests, Scans and Diagnosis

We offer a range of tests from our Birmingham clinic to diagnose conditions. 

Raised FIT tests

Faecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) detect blood in a stool sample, as traces can indicate many conditions, including cancer.

You complete the test at home and, using the sterile packaging provided, post it to a lab for testing. 

Upper and Lower GI Endoscopy

An endoscopy is an imaging test that involves passing a tube with a light and a camera through the body. For an upper GI endoscopy, this device is passed down through the oesophagus to examine the gullet, stomach and the initial part of the small intestine, known as the duodenum.

A lower GI endoscopy, often called a colonoscopy, involves inserting the device through the anal canal and rectum to examine the colon (large intestine). 

These images can detect internal inflammation, polyps (growths in the bowel) and cancer in the intestine and diagnose conditions such as Coeliac disease.

Polyp Surveillance

A polyp is a protruding tissue growth in the colon or rectum. We can use a colonoscopy to inspect the polyp and remove it. 

Abnormal Liver Function Tests

liver function tests examine the levels of enzymes, protein and other substances in blood samples to evaluate liver function and detect inflammation or damage. We can run further diagnostic tests to fully manage liver complaints.

Our Treatment Options

We offer many treatment plans for gastrointestinal conditions. As many are chronic, we specialise in recommending lifestyle changes and medication to help you manage the symptoms so they do not stand in your way. 

Our gastroenterologist may recommend:

  • Medication including steroids
  • Dietary changes including dietician referral
  • Psychological support and management
  • Surgical consultation

Meet Our Gastroernologists

All our gastroenterology services operate from our Birmingham clinic, and we have in-house specialists offering consultations, diagnosis and treatment. 

Dr Sam Smith

With full Joint Advisory Group (JAG) accreditation in upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, Dr Smith specialises in diagnosis and managing several gastroenterological and liver conditions. 

After graduating from the University of Birmingham Medical School, he completed a PhD in ‘Advanced Endoscopic Techniques in the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract’, has authored multiple research articles in peer-reviewed journals and chaired sessions at international medical meetings. Dr Smith has also worked in specialist centres in the West Midlands, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s Liver Transplant Unit, and is currently Consultant Gastroenterologist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Why Choose Us?

Chronic conditions require constant attention, and you need access to a specialist if issues arise. We bring hospital-level consultancy to you with zero waiting lists or GP referrals slowing down your treatment. That way, you receive vital attention quickly.

We also focus on superior care. With our comprehensive medical facility, we can offer screenings and treatment from one location. Our consultants provide treatment plans that fit your lifestyle, helping you overcome the challenges of gastrointestinal conditions.

You benefit from: 

  • In-house consultations and treatment
  • Experienced gastroenterologists
  • Immediate care without delays from waiting lists or GP referrals
  • Superior medical facilities with the advanced technology
  • Patient-first care 

Prices

New Gastroenterology Consultation

£250

30 minutes

Follow Up Gastroenterology Consultation

£170

20 minutes

SIBO Testing

£189

Delivered to your home & self conducted.

Lactose Intolerance Testing

£179

Delivered to your home & self conducted.

Our Birmingham Clinic

We offer our gastroenterology services from our clinic in Edgbaston, Birmingham. It is just outside the city centre and easily accessible via public transport; we are just a fifteen-minute walk from Five Ways Train Station, which connects to Birmingham New Street, or an even shorter walk from Highfield Road Bus Stop.

If you are driving to us, we are just off Hagley Road, and road parking is available outside the clinic, which is free for up to two hours. Alternatively, you can use the pay and display car park around the corner. 

Book Your Appointment Today

To see our resident gastroenterologist and receive a diagnosis and treatment for your condition, book your consultation online today.

If you have further questions, please contact our reception team on 0121 769 0999. We are always happy to address your queries and concerns by providing more information.

FAQ

Our gastroenterology clinic diagnoses gastrointestinal conditions and creates treatment plans to manage them.

Your gastroenterologist will ask about your medical history and symptoms and then perform a physical examination to identify abnormalities in the abdomen. They may schedule further testing to investigate and diagnose your condition. 

You should visit a gastroenterologist if you regularly experience the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Stomach ache
  • A feeling of burning in the stomach
  • Nausea
  • Blood or mucus in faeces
  • Bleeding from anus
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Family history of gastrointestinal cancer
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