Private practice

Private consultations Dr McLaughlin holds a private clinic Thursday afternoon and evenings at the Nuffield hospital Bournemouth and on alternate weeks at the Bournemouth private clinic. New consultations last up to 45 minutes and follow up consultations up to 30 minutes (his NHS consulations are 25 and 20 minutes respectively). Dr McLaughlin believes that these longer consultations allow him to spend sufficient time to discuss each patient’s symptoms, an investigative plan and potential treatment strategies in more detail. Private patients will receive a copy of Dr McLaughlin’s letter outlining a summary of your consultation as well as his investigation and treatment recommendations. Letters are typed promptly by his friendly and efficient secretary and usually emailed (or posted at your request) to his patients (and GP) within 24 hours of a consultation. Patients undergoing a gastroscopy or colonoscopy will receive a copy of their procedure report before leaving the hospital. Dr McLaughlin is happy to see patients in clinic with or without a referral from your GP and is able to review your previous NHS investigations that have been carried out at Poole hospital the Royal Bournemouth hospital  and Christchurch Hospital (including blood results etc that your GP has arranged).

Self-pay patients  Dr McLaughlin welcomes consultations with patients who do not have private medical insurance. Following a consultation Dr McLaughlin is able to arrange investigations and/or treatments that if you prefer can be arranged in the NHS. Further consultations (if required) can be arranged in either his private or NHS practice.

If you have already been referred to the Royal Bournemouth or Christchurch Hospitals you do not need to ask your GP for a new private referral -Dr McLaughlin will be able to access it electronically and see you in clinic sooner.

Private endoscopy practice Dr McLaughlin undertakes private endoscopic procedures at both the Nuffield Hospital Bournemouth and also Bournemouth private clinic.

Dr McLaughlin undertakes several specialist endoscopic procedures that are not available elsewhere in Dorset. These include FTRD (full thickness resection device) colonoscopy, balloon assisted enteroscopy, upper GI video capsule endoscopy and colon capsule endoscopy. Upper GI video capsule and colon capsule are new procedures that are entirely painless and allow non-invasive visualisation of the whole gut without the need for sedation for more information see video capsule endoscopy service(click here).

Dr McLaughlin also performs the more common endoscopy procedures including gastroscopy (also termed OGD or endoscopy), PEG, direct-PEJ, push-enteroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy (including dilitation of strictures and removal of large complex polyps), and small bowel video capsule endoscopy. Procedures can usually be arranged for the week following your consultation. Private endoscopic procedures can be performed with sedation or general anaesthetic. Dr McLaughlin also performs procedures under local anaesthetic and Entonox gas (the same gas many women receive during child-birth); this allows those with busy lives to leave the hospital within 30 minutes of their procedure with no restrictions –in fact you can even drive yourself home –ideal if you run your own business! To arrange a private gastroenterology consultation call or email Dr McLaughlin’s secretary. Referrals from your GP by fax or email will usually result in you being contacted by telephone or email within 24hrs with the offer of an appointment.

Private practice Secretary: Tracey Hanson

Phone: 01202 237993 Fax: 01202 237993


The Bournemouth Private Clinic Limited  Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, Dorset BH7 7DW

Dr McLaughlin’s Secretary; 01202 237993

General enquiries: 01202 704393 / 01202 704992 

For Private Gastroenterology Referrals email or fax 01202 237993

The Nuffield Hospital Bournemouth  67 Lansdowne Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1RW Telephone:

Secretary; 01202 237993

Switchboard 01202 291866

For Private Gastroenterology Referrals email or fax 01202 237993

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