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COVID-19 update:  Our hospital is still fully open for appointments and admissions, however visitors are not permitted.

Pillcam

Pillcam is a revolutionary technology designed to help patients with suspected Crohn’s Disease. It is a small capsule equipped with a miniature video camera that travels painlessly through the entire digestive tract. It is able to capture images quickly that are sent to a recording device during the procedure. Pillcam allows patients to move around freely during the procedure will pass naturally through the body.

Benefits of pillcam

  • Pillcam is the same size as a large vitamin tablet and is easily swallowed with a glass of water
  • Pillcam can detect earlier stages of Crohn’s disease and doesn’t expose the patient to any form of radiation
  • Procedure is completely painless
  • Patients able to move around freely during the procedure
  • Requires little preparation other than 10 hours fasting
  • Pillcam offers simple and non-invasive direct visualisation of the small bowel without sedation

Getting a diagnosis for Crohn’s Disease can often be a long and frustrating process due to the multiple tests required. Patients with suspected Crohn’s Disease have to undergo a Colonoscopy as part of the initial diagnosis. However, if you are one of the 30% of patients with Crohn’s patients with the disease limited to the small bowel then Pillcam may provide an alternative to a follow up Colonoscopy or Endoscopy.

Facts about Crohn’s disease

  • 56% of Crohn’s disease patients have small bowel lesions
  • 62% of patients had their medication changed within 3 months of using Pillcam.

To learn more about pillcam or to book an initial consultation you can call 020 7078 3802 or email gi.unit@hje.org.uk

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GI Clinic

The GI Unit is supported by a multidisciplinary team of medical and surgical consultants. Our expert team treats and supports patients with any gastrointestinal conditions.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7078 3802.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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