After the gastroscopy you may have a sore throat and may feel bloated.
If you have had sedation you will be transferred to the recovery area, where a nurse will stay with you until the effects of the sedation have worn off.
You will not be fit to go home by public transport. A relative or friend must collect you directly from the ward to take you home after your test. Please liaise with the ward staff to arrange a time.
Once home you should rest quietly for the remainder of the day. Please ensure a responsible adult remains with you until the next morning as the after effects of the injection may make you sleepy and forgetful for 24 hours after the test.
For 24 hours following the test you must not:
- Drive a vehicle
- Operate machinery
- Drink alcohol
- Sign any legal documents
- Be left alone to care for children
If you had a throat spray you will be able to go home soon after the test is completed and you will be unable to eat or drink for one hour after the test.
When will I know the result of my gastroscopy?
Sedation makes you forgetful, but the endoscopist or nurse, in the presence of your accompanying relative or friend, will discuss the results of the test with you, if you wish. Before you are discharged you should be given clear details concerning follow-up arrangements and you will receive the results of your biopsies at your out patient appointment or by letter if you require treatment.
A full report will also be sent to your GP.
Questions or problems?
If you have any further questions you should contact:
Endoscopy Unit between 9.00 am - 4.30 pm on direct line (0191) 223 1208
Day Treatment Centre (Ward 21) on direct line (0191) 223 1294
Endoscopy Unit between 9.00 am - 4.30 pm on direct line (0191) 282 5655
Endoscopy Unit between 9.00 am - 4.30 pm 0191 256 2913 (Extension 22913)
If you have any queries or require any further information out of these hours, please contact your GP or NHS Direct (0845 46 47).