Stomach and oesophagus


Up to 30% of the UK population have occasional indigestion symptoms, including heartburn, waterbrash, a bad taste in the mouth, burping, nausea, swallowing difficulties or pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Medications such as antacids,  proton pump inhibitors (eg omeprazole), or ranitidine can help these symptoms.


These symptoms can be caused by reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus, inflammation or ulceration in the stomach or problems with the motility of the upper part of the stomach and bowel. The latter situation is known as non-ulcer dyspepsia or functional dyspepsia and may occur in patients with additional symptoms consistent with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Rarely is a cancer found and the risks increase with age, particularly over 55 years. When warning symptoms such as weight loss, anaemia, persistent vomiting, or pain which is waking the sufferer in the night occur, investigation is essential. An endoscopic examination of the stomach, oesophagus and duodenum is the best way to establish a diagnosis. 


The following information sheets give further detail on these conditions:


Oesophageal reflux


Barrett's oesophagus




Hiatus hernia


Swallowing difficulties

Contact information


NHS practice

Gastroenterology department

Musgrove Park Hospital



01823 344980


Private Practice

Somerset Nuffield Hospital

Staplegrove Elm



Appointments: 01823 286991 

Secretary: 01823 250640 


Consultation times


Monday 6-7.30 pm

Friday 9-12 am



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