The Gastrointestinal Measurement Unit investigates the function of oesophageal peristalsis (contractions when swallowing) and the function of the ano-rectum.

The team will carry out diagnostic tests in gastrointestinal physiology including:

  • Resolution oesophageal manometry
  • Ambulatory 24-hour oesophageal pH test
  • Ambulatory 24-hour introesophageal and gastric pH test
  • Ambulatory 24-hour oesophageal pH impedance test
  • High resolution anorectal manometry test.

The patients we see may have primary swallowing disorders, severe gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or disorders of the gut function, notably faecal incontinence or constipation or both.

Depending on the diagnosis of these tests and measurements, patients will then be offered appropriate treatment which might include medication or surgery.

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Referral is made by a hospital consultant.

Upper GI manometry are accepted if patients have had an Oesophagogastro duodenoscopy (OGD) or barium swallow within approximately two years of the referral date.

Referrals are booked in date received order, RTT order and clinical urgent priority.