"Painful endoscopy procedure"

About: St James's University Hospital / Gastroenterology

(as the patient),

I had an urgent referral for an endoscopy of my upper GI at St James' Leeds.

While I have no complaint about the professional abilities of the staff concerned, I feel that the information I was given was highly inaccurate about the procedure,

I fully understand that an endoscopy is not pleasant but I felt very traumatised and continue to do so. I requested sedation. As far as I can tell, this did not work at all. I was told that if it was necessary to have a biopsy taken, I would feel nothing.

I was there because my oesophagus was constantly painful. As a result, the procedure was extremely painful, and six biopsies were needed, which took ten or eleven attempts. I felt each acutely, which was clear to those undertaking the procedure.

No pain relief was offered and it was suggested that I need to return in 4-6 weeks. Needless to say, I have no intention of doing so. I wish to make clear that I have a high pain threshold, was able to deliver a 9 pound baby at the same hospital with no pain relief whatsoever, and have had dental extractions without anaesthetic.

I would like to suggest that such a procedure can be extremely painful for a person who already has a significant amount of inflamed tissue, and that any support offered should reflect this.

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Response from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Anonymous

Thank you for posting your comment. We are very sorry to hear about your experience. If you would like to discuss the issues in person and confidentially please contact the Trust's Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0113 2067168 or email patient.relations@leedsth.nhs.uk.

Kind regards

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