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Gastroenterology Services

Private Gastroenterology Services at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr, you can see a Consultant Gastroenterologist promptly and gain access to a wide range of diagnostic tests, from endoscopy to imaging. We aim to establish the cause of your symptoms such as constipation, stomach pain, tenderness around the liver and dark tar-like stools (faeces) and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan.

You can book an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists online or by giving us a call.  Many conditions like inflammatory bowel disease are progressive, so early diagnosis and treatment medically can halt that progression and prevent the need for surgery.

The hospital is an outpatient facility and caters for those in Ayrshire and further afield. We carry out some diagnostics and surgical procedures at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The same consultant you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital would perform these.

We provide excellent levels of outpatient care, with our nursing and administration teams supporting our consultants to help you get back to feeling yourself as soon as possible.

Gastroenterology is a medical speciality focusing on the digestive system and liver diseases. Hepatologists (liver specialists) are often gastroenterologists who have gone on to gain additional experience in problems such as alcohol liver disease and autoimmune liver disease.

Some gastroenterologists have clinical interests in bowel or liver disease, while others have experience in both.

You can see a Consultant Gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment for stomach pain, diarrhoea, or abdominal abnormalities.

Our gastroenterologists routinely diagnose problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anaemia and dyspepsia, and also issues to do with organs such as the gallbladder and the pancreas (pancreatitis).

We see patients who have been referred by their GP or those who decide to self-refer.  It’s helpful to go through your GP as they may do some initial tests, which can help our gastroenterologists with a diagnosis.

Whatever your symptoms – abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, unexplained weight loss, vomiting blood or dark stools or urine –our Consultant Gastroenterologists will investigate them and ensure to provide you with a diagnosis. They will listen to you at every stage and ensure you are clear and understand what is going on.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important because many diseases affecting the digestive and biliary system can worsen if left untreated.

At your initial consultation, your Consultant Gastroenterologist will ask you to explain your symptoms. Then, they will go through your medical history with you, look at any tests done previously or medication you have tried, and give you a physical examination.

They will most likely need to carry out investigations before they can reach a diagnosis. Blood tests and stool samples can be done on the day of your initial consultation, or should you require an ultrasound, you may be asked to return to Carrick Glen to have this done later.

Some diagnostic procedures take place at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The same consultant you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital would carry them out them. They include:

  • Endoscopy (also known as gastroscopy) - To investigate abdominal problems, your gastroenterologist could opt for an endoscopy. They’ll use a miniature camera on a thin tube and insert it down your throat and oesophagus so that they can see images from the back of your throat down to your stomach.

  • Colonoscopy - This procedure involves inserting a camera on a thin tube through your rectum and up your large intestine to give your consultant a view of your bowels.

  • Sigmoidoscopy - A sigmoidoscopy is like a colonoscopy, but the camera only gives your consultant sight of the lower part of your colon, not high up into your intestine.

During the diagnostic tests, your consultant may also take a biopsy to check for cancer.

Further possible investigations include computerised tomography (CT) scans of the stomach, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the liver and bile duct. Both procedures are carried out at Ross Hall Hospital.

After any investigations at Ross Hall Hospital, you will return to Carrick Glen Hospital to go over the results with your consultants and discuss possible treatment options.

Should you present with diarrhoea or abdominal pain, the most likely reasons are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease. Occasionally, cancer is the cause, but IBS and IBD are more common.

If there’s something wrong with your liver, it could be gallstones, a viral infection, or a different liver problem.

Treatment for most conditions ranges from anti-inflammatory medicines to antispasmodics through open or keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery.

Should you require surgery, your Consultant Gastroenterologist will refer you to one of the Consultant General Surgeons at the hospital who carries this out.

Your Consultant Gastroenterologist may also suggest you see a dietician if they see nothing untoward or evident after carrying out possible investigations.

The gastroenterology service at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital offers convenient access to specialists who deal with all aspects of digestive complaints and liver symptoms.

We don’t have waiting lists, so you won’t need to wait to see an expert assess your symptoms, offer their opinions, and arrange for appropriate investigations.

Once they have provided a diagnosis, treatment is discussed and offered promptly. Should you require surgery, our Consultant Gastroenterologists work closely with our Consultant General Surgeons and can refer you to the most fitting specialist.

Specialists offering Gastroenterology Services

Dr Amir Shah

Consultant Gastroenterologist


BMI Ross Hall Hospital 1 more BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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