The Royal Victoria Infirmary

0191 233 6161 Queen Victoria Road, New Victoria Wing, Royal Victoria Infirmary , Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4LP

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Gastrointestinal cancer services

This Department is managed by The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Oesophago-Gastric (Upper Gastrointestinal) Unit, Ward 36, Level 5, Leazes Wing, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Richardson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4AZ
0191 282 0582

Experts in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

The Northern Oesophago-Gastric (Upper Gastrointestinal) Unit, based at the RVI is the largest oesophago-gastric cancer unit in Europe where our highly skilled clinicians are recognised internationally for their proven track record in cancer related surgery.

A full range of cancer and benign (non cancerous) services are provided for the whole of the North East of England and beyond, and we assess over 550 new cases of cancer affecting the oesophagus (gullet) and stomach every year. 

We provide a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service for all types of oesophago-gastric and duodenal disorders affecting the upper digestive system, as well as surgical treatment of simple conditions such as hernias involving both open and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.  Our clinical expertise covers a wide range of conditions including:

  • Detection and management of Barrett’s oesophagus and associated dysplasia (cell abnormalities). 
  • Management of upper gastrointestinal stromal tumours and sarcomata (rare types of cancer found in the digestive system), and also both simple and complicated gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.  This includes revisional anti-reflux surgery for correction of acidic gastric juices abnormally returning into the oesophagus, and extensive experience of upper GI diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy to diagnose and treat some conditions such as ulcers, intestinal bleeding, chronic heartburn and gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach).
  • Anti-obesity surgery with two members of our Upper GI team establishing a specialist service for laparoscopic gastric bands.

The team includes oesophago-gastric surgeons, medical and clinical oncologists, specialist radiologists and clinical nurse specialists, all at the cutting edge of all national and international medical trials, and two of the team, Professor Griffin and Dr Sumpter, are members of the National Cancer Research Institute’s Upper GI Clinical Studies Group.

Things you should know

In 1991 we became the first unit in the UK to set up a multi-disciplinary team approach to look after all suspected oesophago-gastric cancer patients referred to our care which means you receive expert advice, treatment and aftercare, tailored specifically for your individual healthcare needs.


Our staff are committed to providing high quality, personalised care in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Our clinical nurse specialists provide you with a key link to our service and provide advice and support throughout your care.

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Latest reviews of this service

Like many others, I owe them my life.

In April 2017 I had a sub-total oesophagectomy at the RVI to remove a malignant tumour. I cannot fault the treatment I received from thi...

6 June 2017

Last updated on 01 June 2011.

Information supplied by The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust