What is a gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy is an examination of the oesophagus (gullet or food pipe), stomach and duodenum (upper part of the small bowel) using a flexible telescope called a gastroscope.

A Gastroscope is a long flexible tube (about the thickness of your little finger) fitted with a tiny camera that allows the doctor to have a clear view of the oesophagus, stomach and proximal small bowel.

When necessary, biopsies will be taken to diagnose Helicobacter, Barrett’s oesophagus, cancers and Coeliac disease.

Why should I have a gastroscopy?

A gastroscopy should be considered if persisting symptoms of upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, gastro-oesophageal reflux, diarrhoea or if swallowing problems.


Prior to a Gastroscopy

  • Your stomach must be empty, no food for 6 hours and clear fluids for 2 hours prior to the procedure.
  • CLEAR FLUIDS are: water, soda water, mineral water, cordial, sports drinks (not red/purple/blue), lemonade, apple juice (no pulp), black coffee/tea, clear soup (e.g. clear chicken broth)

Please note: It is important that you do not stop taking any medication without first consulting with your doctor.

Gastroscopy enables physicians to visualise your oesophagus (gullet),stomach and into the first part of the small bowel (duodenum). The procedure can help to diagnose swallowing difficulties, nausea, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, and abdominal pain or chest pain. During the procedure tissue biopsies are usually taken for analysis. Your anaesthetist will ensure you are lightly sedated, so you are comfortable during the procedure.


  • If you take Insulin / diabetes medications or blood thinning tablets (other than aspirin), please seek contact  at least 10 days prior to the procedure to discuss.

Pre Admission Form

It is important to complete and submit your Pre-Admission Form on time (at least a week prior to your procedure)  Please contact us if you have any of the following:

  • are sensitive (allergic) to any drug or substance
  • are taking blood thinning tablets (other than aspirin)
  • any significant heart, lung or mobility issues.

Get in Touch

The Victorian Gut Centre is conveniently located on 119 Plenty Road, Bundoora. Our facility is easily accessible via public transport with Tram 86 stopping across the road. We have dedicated pick-up and drop-off parking spots, free of charge.

  • The Victorian Gut Centre is located at: 119 Plenty Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083
  • Call reception on:   03 9466 8466
  • Parking: The Victorian Gut Centre (Bundoora) provides short term patient drop off/pickup spots at the front doors as well as the rear parking lot. You are welcome to use the parking area on arrival and when your ride returns following your procedure.