The Upper GI service at Barnsley Hospital provides the following services: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Laparoscopic Fundoplication ( antireflux) Laparoscopic Haitus hernia repair Laparoscopic repair of Inguinal hernia Laparoscopic repair of incisional hernia Laparoscopic Splenectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Diagnosing and Staging Laparoscopy Exploration of Common Bile Duct A laparoscopy is a commonly-performed operation where the surgeon uses a special telescope-type instrument called a laparoscope to examine the internal organs. This type of surgery is sometimes known as ‘keyhole surgery’. Upper GI Cancer Services – For patients with malignant or cancerous conditions, a comprehensive care and treatment plan are discussed at a multi-disciplinary meeting. Many patients will then need to be seen by our colleagues in either Doncaster or Sheffield for specialised treatment. Our local nurse specialists provide a key link and are available to help patients throughout their care. Upper GI Specialist Nurse – The departments upper GI Specialist Nurse, works continuously along side the medical and surgical consultants and nursing teams throughout the hospital in supporting patients that have a suspicion of an upper GI cancer or a confirmed diagnosis. In addition to working alongside the other hospital teams, the Upper GI Specialist Nurse links in with the local GPs and community teams The role of the upper GI Specialist Nurse is to support patients at the initial clinic visit when the diagnosis is being discussed and is the first point of contact for patients if their cancer is causing problems.