A flexible sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to look inside your rectum and lower part of your bowel. He or she will do this using a narrow, flexible, tube-like video camera called a sigmoidoscope.

If your consultant finds polyps during your flexible sigmoidoscopy, he or she may remove them or take a biopsy. A biopsy is a small sample of tissue. This will be sent to a laboratory for testing to determine the type of cells and if they are benign or malignant (cancerous).

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is very accurate at detecting polyps and cancer in certain areas of your bowel. There is evidence to show that using it for screening and polyp removal reduces the number of people who develop bowel cancer.

How to


Whether you’re paying for yourself or using private medical insurance, accessing our services is really easy. 

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To book an appointment, all you need to do is contact us on 0113 539 4646, alternatively you can click here to visit our book an appointment page, or you can email: Within 48 hours you will be offered a suitable appointment



Initial Consultation:  £200

Follow-up Consultation: £95

Sigmoidoscopy: £1,300


I have private medical insurance:

To book an appointment using private medical insurance please contact our administrative team on 0113 539 4646. Please ensure you have your medical insurance registration details to hand. Within 48 hours you will be offered a suitable appointment. 

Are there any alternatives?

Depending on your symptoms and circumstances, it may be possible to investigate your bowel condition using a different test. The alternatives are described below.

  • Colonoscopy. This is similar to a flexible sigmoidoscopy but looks at the whole of your large bowel.
You may need to have more than one test to get a diagnosis. Your consultant will explain your options to you.

Before your Sigmoidoscopy

Before we go ahead with your Sigmoidoscopy, you will need to have a formal consultation with a consultant. During this time, you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

Preparing for your Sigmoidoscopy

We try to make your Sigmoidoscopy experience as easy and relaxed as possible. You will discuss all appropriate preparation details during your consultation, however, here is a brief explanation of what you could expect: Stop taking any medication containing iron at least three days before the test. Eat only a light evening meal on the day before the test and a light breakfast and lunch on the day of the test. It is essential that you administer the enema you have received two hours before leaving home for your appointment. This will ensure your lower bowel is empty and the test can be carried out effectively. Please see the patient information leaflet on enemas for more information.

Having your Sigmoidoscopy

You will be asked to change into a clinical gown before the test. Anesthetic is not necessary for a sigmoidoscopy. The test can be a little uncomfortable and patients often feel bloated, but these symptoms are not severe and quickly clear after the test. An experienced nurse will look after you throughout the test. She will ensure you are lying in the correct position and will also help the doctor. A long, smooth, flexible tube (approximately the thickness of a finger) will be inserted into the anus and advanced into the bowel. When indicated, biopsies (small tissue samples) are taken using tiny forceps. If the cause of symptoms is found to be haemorrhoids (piles) the doctor may offer to treat these by injection. This is not a painful procedure, though can cause mild discomfort. A sigmoidoscopy generally takes between 10 and 20 minutes. The doctor will give you a brief summary of the results before you leave. A full report will be sent to your GP or consultant, together with the results of any biopsies. Our experienced and caring medical staff will be there to help and support you every step of the way.

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LivingCare have provided high quality, safe, consultant-led care to thousands of patients and has an excellent local and national reputation. We are recognised by all medical insurers and also welcome non insured patients who wish to self pay for their treatment. LivingCare have also been working with the NHS to provide care for patients since 2002. 


All our private services are held at Thorpe Park Clinic; our purpose built modern facility based in Colton, Leeds.


Patients access the service from across the whole of West Yorkshire to come to our facility.  The clinic hosts a range of services that are available on the NHS and through our Private Patient Pathway.  The facility has a state of the art 3T Wide Bore MRI Scanner, X Ray and Ultrasound provision. It hosts fantastic services across many NHS Pathways. 

Thorpe Park Clinic is fully accessible, has transport routes from all over Leeds.  We welcome all referrals into Thorpe Park Clinic from across West Yorkshire.

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