Our Services

Southern Endoscopy Centre provides a wide range of endoscopy services from our purpose built, state-of-the-art facility located in central Christchurch.  A Joint Venture partnership between Southern Cross Healthcare and 30 participating specialists for over 13 years, Southern Endoscopy Centre is the largest specialist endoscopy centre in Te Waipounamu, the South Island.
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What is an endoscopy?

Endoscopy is an internal examination of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract using a soft, flexible tube with a very small camera on the end. Images are transmitted to a screen so your endoscopist can visualise the lining of your GI tract.  During an endoscopy the endoscopist may take biopsies (tiny samples of tissue for review under a microscope), remove polyps, open blocked or narrow areas, and treat bleeding. Endoscopy is generally well tolerated using a combination of light sedation and analgesia (pain relief).

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A colonoscopy is an examination to look at the lining of your lower digestive tract (large bowel and rectum) to see if there are any diseases or abnormalities present.


A gastroscopy is an examination to look at the lining of your upper digestive track (oesophagus, stomach and duodenum) to see if there are any diseases or abnormalities present.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is an examination to look of the lining of the very lower part of your digestive tract (sigmoid colon and rectum) to see if there are any diseases or abnormalities present.

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) 

EMR is a procedure used to remove large, abnormal polyps using highly specialised equipment and techniques

Haemorrhoid treatment

Treatment of hemorrhoids can be provided during a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, using either injection techniques or banding.

Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

POEM is a procedure used to treat swallowing disorders caused by muscle problems including spasms in the oesophagus.

Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)

APC is a procedure used to treat abnormal bleeding in the GI tract.

HALO Radio Frequency ablation (RFA)

Halo is a procedure used to destroy abnormal tissue in the lining of the oesophagus using heat.  Heat is only directed at the abnormal tissue and healthy tissue remains unharmed


Our experienced Nursing staff are able to provide iron, infliximab and other infusions as prescribed by your specialist.

National Bowel Screening Programme

Early detection of bowel cancer saves lives. The National Bowel Screening Programme is available free of charge to eligible New Zealanders aged between 60 and 74 years.  Should you require a colonoscopy as the result of a positive FIT test, or be outside the age range for the National Bowel Screening programme, Southern Endoscopy Centre is here to help.  If you have medical insurance or would like to self-fund your colonoscopy your  GP can refer you, or you can self-refer by completing the online referral form.  

Hear from our happy patients

As a patient I never cease to be impressed with the personable manner staff (i.e. reception, nurses, clinicians) display during each and every interaction with me......professional, courteous, knowledgeable and very caring.
Communication before, during and after a procedure. Friendliness, kindness and overall consideration shown by all staff. The team creates a calm environment where patients are made to feel comfortable and reassured. It is the best place.
Lovely nurses, very calm and made me feel at ease about the procedure which I said I was nervous about. Friendly environment and details of the procedure were explained well to me so I fully understood the process.
Being treated with genuine compassion and as a person made what could have been an embarrassing procedure not a worry. Dare I say it I am almost looking forward to my next check up in two years.

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