Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
N/A 1-2 weeks
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.

Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.


This is a procedure which is used to screen for many diseases of the bowel e.g. diverticular disease or cancer.  An endoscope (a thin, long camera) is passed through the anus to view the large bowel and parts of the small bowel. Polyps can be removed, and samples taken for testing to assist diagnosis.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

This is an examination of the rectum whereby a flexible endoscope is passed through the anus reaching the lower end of the large bowel.


This is an examination of the large intestine using either a flexible or a rigid endoscope. It enables the doctor to look into the rectum and bottom part of the large bowel. Rigid endoscopy may be performed in the outpatient department, and flexible endoscopy will be performed as a day case in the endoscopy department.


A gastroscopy is used to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach and some parts of the small intestine. A thin, flexible endoscope is passed through the mouth an down the throat. An anaesthetic throat spray is usually administered, and in some cases, a sedative.

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