The Direct Access Endoscopy Unit at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin is a dedicated consultant led unit that provides timely and direct access to Colonoscopy and Upper GI Endoscopy services. The unit is the first private endoscopy unit in Ireland to receive international accreditation (JAG) and offers patients appointments within 72 hours.
A Colonoscopy is used to identity any abnormalities or to detect changes in the large intestine (colon) and in the rectum. If you are experiencing one of the following symptoms / clinical indications, you may benefit from the completion of a diagnostic colonoscopy to explore the possible causes:
- Lower abdominal pain
- Blood in the stool (haemoccult positive stool)
- Rectal bleeding
- Altered bowel habit - Chronic constipation or diarrhoea, change in colour or consistency of the stool
- Iron deficiency anaemia - (Symptoms include tiredness / lethargy / pale skin)
Or if you have a family history of bowel cancer
An Upper GI Endoscopy is used to look at the upper digestive system to identify and diagnose conditions that affect the oesophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine. If you are suffering from one of the following symptoms / clinical indications, you may benefit from the completion of an upper GI Endoscopy to explore the possible causes:
- Reflux / heart burn / indigestion – May be an indication of GORD
- Difficulty swallowing – ( Dysphagia )
- Abdominal Pain
- Abdominal bloating and feeling of fullness despite very little intake of food – (Dyspepsia)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Gastric Ulcer
- Iron deficiency anaemia - (Symptoms include tiredness / lethargy / pale skin)
If you have any of the above symptoms or clinical indications, talk to your GP about a referral to the Direct Access Endoscopy Unit in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin.
Whilst most will be suitable for Direct Access Endoscopy there will be some who may not be and will require a consultant review prior to their colonoscopy or GI endoscopy. These include those who are:
- Under 16
- Have other significant medical conditions
- Have abnormal or unstable blood pressure or hypertension (Hemodynamically unstable)
- Over 70’s may be require to be reviewed by the Consultant prior to their procedure ( this will be confirmed upon review of the GP referral)
For more information visit the Endoscopy Department in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin.
Mr Mayilone Arumugasamy graduated from RCSI receiving the Medal in Surgery in 1993. He obtained the FRCSI in 1997 and Masters in Surgery in 2001(RCSI/NUI). Following Irish Higher Surgical Training he obtained the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training with the Intercollegiate Speciality in General / Upper GI (oesophago-gastric) Surgery. In addition to his private practice. he works as a Consultant General and Upper GI surgeon in Beaumont and Connolly Hospital.
1.General Surgery - minor ops (skin lesions/toe-nails/lumps and bumps,cysts) , general - investigation of abdominal pain, weight loss, dyspepsia, heartburn, gallstones, reflux, GI bleeding, iron deficiency anemia. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hernia repair, laparoscopy, diagnostic gastroscopy and colonoscopy etc. 2.Upper GI (Benign) –investigation of reflux, dysphagia, hiatal hernia, para-oesophageal hernia, achalasia. Gastroscopy and colonoscopy investigations. Laparoscopic anti reflux surgery, management of oesophageal/ gastric disorders. 3.Upper GI (Malignant) - the management and treatment of Upper GI cancer (oesophageal, gastric carcinoma). Investigation of dysphagia, weight loss, Barretts oesophagus, staging, minimally invasive gastrectomy and laparoscopic assisted oesphagectomy.
Mr. Burke is an honours medical graduate of University College Dublin. After higher surgical training in general surgery in Ireland, he completed 2 fellowships in colorectal surgery in world-renowned centers in the USA; at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio focusing on inflammatory bowel disease and complex re-operative surgery and in Florida Hospital, Orlando focusing on advanced minimally invasive surgery. He was appointed to Beaumont Hospital as a consultant general and colorectal surgeon in 2015. He is an editor for the journal Colorectal Disease and is a guideline committee member for the European Society of Coloproctology on the management of Crohn’s disease.
Danny Cheriyan graduated from RCSI with an honours degree in 2005 and completed specialist training in gastroenterology in Beaumont and St. Vincent’s hospital, Dublin. He was the UCD Newman Scholar in colorectal cancer and was awarded an MD from UCD for his research on colorectal cancer and angiogenesis.
Following completion of specialist training in gastroenterology in Ireland, Danny undertook two fellowships in advanced endoscopy and hepatobiliary medicine; the first at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and the second at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. He joined Beaumont Hospital as a consultant gastroenterologist and honorary clinical senior lecturer (RCSI) in 2016.
Danny has authored several publications and book chapters. He is experienced in all areas of general gastroenterology, but his special interests include colon cancer, endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, and hepatobiliary disease.
All areas of general gastroenterology, but his special interests include colon cancer, endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, and hepatobiliary
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS, Coeliac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Haemachromatosis, Fatty Liver and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Coeliac Disease, Gastro-Oesophageal Disease, Assessment of Clinical Competence
Colon Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome / Non Ulcer Dyspepsia
Peptic Diseases incl Reflux, Oesophagitis, Colonic Polyps, Carcinoma and Screening, Direct Access Endoscopy and Haemochromatosis.
Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Laparascopic Surgery, Perianal Surgery, Endoscopy
Laparascopic Hernia, Laparascopic Colorectal Surgery, Anorectal pathology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Clinical Pharmacology, Colorectal Cancer
Dr Conor O’ Brien graduated from University College Dublin in 1995 and subsequently obtained his MRCPI. He completed his specialist training in gastroenterology and hepatology in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. He completed his research fellowship in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and the University of Newcastle, UK. He subsequently worked as Consultant Gastroenterologist / Hepatologist at Toronto Western Hospital. He returned to Dublin in 2007.
Colorectal Cancer Screening, Gastro-Oseophageal Disease, Functional Bowel Disorders, Fatty Liver Disease, Hemochromatosis
Aoibhlinn O'Toole graduated from University College Dublin in 2004. She completed her Specialist training in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine in St Vincent's University Hospital, Sligo General Hospital and Beaumont Hospital. She was the UCD Newman Scholar in Inflammatory Bowel disease and obtained an MD from UCD for her research on colorectal cancer and immune evasion. She subsequently moved to Boston where she completed Inflammatory Bowel Disease fellowships in the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Programme for Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. She returned to Dublin in 2015 to join the Gastroenterology team in Beaumont Hospital.
Her areas of interest include management of complex Inflammatory Bowel Disease as well as colorectal cancer and dysplasia detection.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Dysplasia detection
Professor Patchett is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Beaumont and The Bon Secours hospitals and is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin. Having graduated from UCD, he commenced his training in Dublin before moving to London to train in St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals.
He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Barts in 1996 and returned to take up in current position in Beaumont in November 1998. Professor Patchett’s professional interests focus on diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy and therapeutics of inflammatory bowel disease. He is currently chair of the working group for the national QA programme in endoscopy and represents the College of Physicians on the QA Steering group and the Conjoint Endoscopy Curriculum development group.
Professor Patchett is also the clinical lead for endoscopy services in both Beaumont hospital and The Bon Secours.In addition he is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, and has served as chairman of the division of Medicine in Beaumont and as National Specialty Director in Gastroenterology.
Interventional Endoscopy, Quality Assurance in Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Mr. William Robb graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2000. He completed his fellowship training in the Department of Surgical Digestive Disease Oncology in Lille, France which is one of Europe’s foremost centres for diseases of the oesophagus and stomach. He was appointed as a Consultant in Lille prior to taking up a post as a Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon in the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2013. He returned to Dublin in 2015.
In addition to his private practice in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, he works as a Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
Gallstone disease and Laparoscopic cholecystectomy,
Hernia Surgery - Abdominal wall and groin hernias,
Endoscopy and Investigation of Abdominal Pain.
Laparoscopic Upper GI Surgery - Anti-reflux surgery, Laparoscopic myotomy for Achalasia, Laparoscopic Hiatal hernia repair
Barrett’s oesophagus (including endoscopic mucosal resection and radiofrequency ablation) and endoscopic treatment of early mucosal oesophageal cancer
Laparoscopic gastrectomy and totally minimally invasive oesophagectomy (MIO)
Dr Barbara Ryan is Consultant Gastroenterologist and Clinical Lead of the Department of Gastroenterology in Tallaght Hospital and a Clinical Senior Lecturer inTrinity College Dublin. She has a special interest in HPB disease, EUS, ERCP, complex endoscopic intervention and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). She worked in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK before taking up her current consultant post in Tallaght Hospital in 2004.
She was National Specialty Director for higher specialist training in Gastroenterology in Ireland from 2012-2015 and has been a member of the Executive Board of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology since 2005 and is a former Treasurer. She is actively involved in teaching and research and has published widely in her areas of interest.
Dr Gupta is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and the Bon Secours Hospitals and is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. Having completed his Masters degree from UCD and Specialist Training in Gastroenterology from Ireland, he completed his fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston USA before taking up the consultant post in Ireland in 2008.
Dr Gupta does diagnostic and therapeutic OGD and Colonoscopy at Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Louth Hospital Dundalk. He also does National "Bowel Screening' colonospies in Dundalk and advanced hepatobiliary interventional procedures like ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
Dr Gupta is currently the Endoscopy Department lead and also the Endoscopy Training lead for the Louth Hospital group. He is also the honorary secretary of the Irish Society Of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy.
Diagnostic and therapeutic OGD and colonoscopy, National Bowel Screening, Inflammatory bowel disease, ERCP and EUS (Beaumont Hospital), Quality Assurance in Endoscopy.
Claire graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1994 with an Honours degree. She completed her BST on the Federated Hospitals Scheme and subsequently her HST in Gastroenterology in both St. James’ and Beaumont hospitals. Claire was awarded her MD in Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Trinity College Dublin in 2005 having completed research in RCSI/Beaumont and Johns Hopkins, Baltimore. She also spent a year as Junior Lecturer in Trinity Medical School during her HST. Claire then spent two years abroad, the first in Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia and the second in University College London, completing Fellowships in ERCP and Hepatobiliary Medicine. She returned to Dublin in 2008 to take up her current position as Consultant Gastroenterologist in Connolly Hospital. She became a Fellow of RCPI in 2010 and has been an active member in RCPI, having been the National Specialty Director in Gastroenterology for three years. She has recently been appointed as Senior Lecturer in RCSI.
Claire has a particular interest in IBD, IBS and Hepatobiliary disease, but is experienced in all aspects of general Gastroenterology.
Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Intrinsic Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease,Colorectal Cancer Screening, Coeliac Disease, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal Surgery; especially Antireflux; Cancer;
Hernia Surgery; especially Laparoscopic
Dr. Shiobhan Weston received her medical degree from The Royal College of Surgeons in 1992. She completed her internship and residency in general medicine as well as one year as a registrar in hepatology at The Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
She left Ireland in 1996 and completed her ABIM requirements in internal medicine and subspecialty training in gastrointestinal motility disorders, cholestatic liver disease, and inflammatory bowel disease at The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by a 3 year fellowship in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at UCLA and the UCLA-Dumont Transplant Center in Los Angeles, California.
She was awarded an advanced hepatology research fellowship award and funding for formal training in clinical research, epidemiology, biostatistics, and liver transplant medicine at University of San Francisco, California. Her research more recently has focused on the study of metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Weston was Director for the Center for Liver Disease at Winthrop-University Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
Colon Cancer screening, Inflammatory bowel disease, GI Haemostasis, Complications of Cirrhosis, Non alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
If you are a patient and would like to attend the unit, please speak to your GP directly and request to be referred to the Endoscopy Unit at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin. The GP referral will be required preferably on our referral form (included in the documents sections below) but also by referral letter.
If you are a GP and wish to make an appointment, we would ask that you indicate on the referral form / letter the specific consultant you may wish your patient to be seen by. Otherwise the appointment will be made with our next available consultant team member. A full list of our consultant team is available on this page.
For more information, please contact our Direct Access Endoscopy team on 01 806 5490
Completed referral forms may be emailed to Dublindirectendoscopy@bonsecours.ie or alternatively a referral can be sent vis Healthlink.
The Bon Secours Hospital Dublin has excellent insurance coverage in place with all health insurance companies. To check if your health insurance policy covers you in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin please call 1890 50 40 30 or 01 8082300.
The following is the cost of procedures carried out in the Direct Access Endoscopy Unit.
The above prices include Hospital, Consultant & Pathologist fees under local anesthetic (if applicable). Please note that it does not include anesthetist fees if required.
For more information on costs, please contact patient accounts on 01 8065351