""Oscopy" Phobia"

About: Bradford Royal Infirmary

I had to visit the Gastro unit this year due to low iron levels.

Combined endoscopy/colonoscopy was recommended but after thinking about this (I am a big wimp) I cancelled them and left matters there.

Was really surprised to receive a call a few weeks later from the Consultant who persuaded me to try, as it was important to be checked out.

Attempted the endoscopy but could not tolerate the tube.

Thought (even hoped) that BRI would have given up on me.

But the fantastic Consultant (who must have the patience of a saint) rang again and arranged for a barium study and CT virtual colonoscopy.

I sailed through these two without problems and my results appear to be reassuring.

Staff throughout in all procedures were great and very kind and helpful, even when mega busy.

Re the "oscopies", I do think that people are put off by the thought of these but there ARE other options so I'd urged anyone who is worried about symptoms to ask about alternatives.

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Response from Bradford Royal Infirmary

Dear Sally, first of I must apologise for the delay in replying - there has been a problem with the site notifying us when someone posts a review, which we have just become aware of.

Thank you for taking time to provide this thoughtful feedback on your experience with our Gastrointestinal services, I will make sure it is passed on to the team, who will really appreciate it. It is very reassuring that the consultant was so pro-active in following up with you and finding a way to carry out these tests which you could tolerate.

We appreciate your comment encouraging people to talk to their doctor or nurse in this kind of sitution, that is very good advice. It is also great to hear that staff were kind and helpful even when busy, we know what a difference it makes to patients.

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