Gastroscopy (also termed “Endoscopy”) is a half day procedure at a local private or public hospital. It is performed under a light general anaesthetic given by a specialist anaesthetist. There is usually no experience or memory of the test and it is very low risk. Gastroscopy is used to investigate upper abdominal symptoms such as pain, bloating, fullness and anaemia. If a cause isn’t found, or further treatment suggestions aren’t helpful, Dr Hall may arrange further investigation with for example CT scan, to look at structures not shown at gastroscopy-for example, to image the liver and pancreas.