Dear Colleagues,

Following the huge success of the previous BSG Endoscopy Live event in 2017, we are delighted to invite you to the 3rd BSG National Live Endoscopy meeting, to be held at the Sage Gateshead on 7 and 8 March 2019.

This interactive meeting will showcase UK Endoscopy at its best.  The 2019 event is an excellent opportunity for you to engage with the UK clinical community including consultant gastroenterologists from across the UK, trainees interested in gastroenterology, surgical colleagues and nurses. We would be delighted if you would support this innovative and exciting meeting, bringing together the very best in Endoscopy.

Gateshead is a fantastic destination for the 2019 event, with one of the UK’s finest Endoscopy centres on the doorstep. The Sage is a wonderfully unique space and will provide a great host for the BSG. 
We expect 500+ participants to join us at BSG Endoscopy Live 2019 as well as a strong industry presence.

Highlights include:

  • Live endoscopy via video link from University College London and Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
  • State of the art lectures covering endoscopic practice and innovation
  • ‘Meet the expert’ sessions
  • World-class invited speakers
  • Industry symposia
  • Reduced registration rates for nurses and trainees

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Gateshead in March 2019.



Ian Penman
BSG Endoscopy Live

George Webster
Vice President (Endoscopy)
British Socity of Gastroenterology

Venue and Location

Sage Gateshead 

Sage Gateshead sits on the South bank of the River Tyne, running between Newcastle and Gateshead. It is a renowned must see attraction for visitors and locals alike, and its distinctive shape is impossible to miss.

Sage Gateshead was officially opened in 2004 and has made a positive impact on the local area in the years following. Predominately used for music concerts, the venue is now growing a reputation for delivering corporate conferences in highly modern spaces and has previously hosted various high-profile large congresses. 

The venue also has outstanding connectivity both within the UK and internationally, as it is just under 3 hours from London via train and the nearby international airport operates direct flights to 80 destinations worldwide.

Sage Gateshead
St Mary’s Square
Gateshead Quays
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 191 443 4666 

How to get to Sage Gateshead

By Air 
Newcastle International airport connects to 80 destinations directly and provides access to a global network through London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Dubai.

Sage Gateshead is a twenty-five minute drive from Newcastle International Airport.

By Train 
The nearest station is Newcastle Central (around three hours from London King’s Cross or one and a half hours from Edinburgh).

If you arrive into Newcastle Central Station you can choose to either:

  • Catch the yellow Quaylink Q1 bus from outside Central Station (about fifteen minutes)
  • Walk across the Swing Bridge from Central Station (about fifteen minutes)
  • Take a taxi (about eight minutes)

By Car
Sage Gateshead is located on the Southbank of River Tyne and is easily accessible by road. Visitors can travel in from any direction using the A1, Newcastle centre or the Swing Bridge. Specific directions can be found here on the venue website.

Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. (Please note that Mill Road car park, situated at the bottom of the steps near the Millennium Bridge, is not operated by Sage Gateshead).

Cost information for this is shown below:

  • Up to 30 minutes: Free of charge
  • Up to 1 hour: £1.90
  • Up to 2 hours: £3.50
  • 3 hours or more: £4.80 – Pre-payment is required before entering the building

If you are staying for 3 hours or more and pre-payment is not made, an hourly rate of £1.90 will apply. Pre-payment charges will cover until 6am the following day, at which point an hourly rate of £1.90 will then apply.

About Newcastle 

Newcastle upon Tyne is one of the largest cities in England. More specifically, both Newcastle and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination united by seven bridges across the riverscape.

Newcastle was once a major industrial centre, particularly for coal and shipping, and during Tudor times the coalfields that surrounded the area began to be heavily exploited. The real boom however came in the 19th century, when the development of heavy engineering and shipbuilding took place and warehouses and factories cropped up everywhere.
The keep of Newcastle Castle is the oldest structure in the city, dating back to at least the 11th century. The city also houses Newcastle University, a member of the Russell Group, as well as Northumbria University.

It’s a perfect destination for world-class congresses, with an array of exciting urban and rural venues, a wealth of accommodation options and fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond. It also has a compact and walkable city centre.

Everything that could be needed for a successful event is right on your doorstep.

For further details about Newcastle, please go to 

Organising Committee

The cases and scientific programme will be developed by the experienced committee. 

Organising Committee

Ian Penman, Edinburgh (Chair) 
Rehan Haidry, London (Deputy Chair) 
George Webster, London 
Brian Saunders, London 
Kofi Oppong, Newcastle 
Gavin Johnson, London 
Reena  Siddhu, Sheffield 
Colin Rees, South Tyneside 
Nick Church, Edinburgh 
Manu Nayar, Newcastle 
Simon Everett, Leeds 
Amyn Haji, London 
Laura Dwyer, Liverpool 
Terry Wong, London 
David Graham, London 

Trainee Representatives 

Durayd Alzoubaidi, London 
Manmeet Matharoo, London 
Rebecca Keay, Durham 

In addition to the live cases BSG Endosocpy Live 2019 will also include scientific content presented by our international and UK faculty. We are hugely excited to confirm the following faculty members attending BSG Endoscopy Live 2019:

International Faculty

Robert Hawes, Orlando, USA
Thomas Rösch, Hamburg, Germany
Jeanin van Hooft, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amrita Sethi, New York, USA
Helmut Neumann, Mainz, Germany
Raf Bischopps, Leuven, Belgium
Schalke van der Merwe, Leuven, Belgium 

UK Faculty 

Siwan Thomas-Gibson, London
John Morris, Glasgow
Pradeep Bhandari, Portsmouth
Boo Hayee, London
Martin James, Leicester
Ed Despott, London
Matt Banks, London
Steve Pereira, London
Rosa Vega, London
Ed Seward, London
Sara Brogden, London 
John Leeds, Newcastle
David Nylander, Newcastle
Jayapal Ramesh, Liverpool

Invited Speakers 

Matt Rutter, North Tees
Adrian Stanley, Glasgow
Simon Panter, South Tyneside

Selected Endoscopy Centres

Freeman Hospital
The Freeman Hospital services range from general surgery, hip and knee replacement and digital hearing aids, through to the latest developments in restoring hearing or treating complex liver, pancreatic and kidney diseases.

As a regional urology centre, they are recognised as having one of the top clinical research programmes in Europe. They also have one of the few specialist sleep studies teams in the UK, caring for patients with a wide range of sleeping disorders. 

The Freeman Hospital also has a dedicated Endoscopy unit which offers a range of investigation and treatment for people with conditions requiring endoscopic procedure. Between the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (also in Newcastle), the team of medical and nursing specialists carry out over 15,000 endoscopic procedures every year.

University College Hospital London

University College Hospital London is a teaching hospital, opened in 2005 by Her Majesty The Queen, with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge technology. The services offered cover a realm of areas including accident & emergency, cancer care, critical care, endocrinology, dermatology, general neurology, orthopaedics and urology. It was one of the first hospital’s to gain foundation status, and has an international reputation for innovation, teaching and research.

In November 2008, the £70 million Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing was opened, allowing the hospital to offer all women's health services in one place (except some breast and gynaecology services). The hospital has 665 in-patient beds, 12 operating theatres and houses the largest single critical care unit in the NHS. The Accident & Emergency department sees approximately 120,000 patients a year alone.

The Endoscopy Unit at the University College Hospital London is one of the largest in the UK, performing over 10,000 procedures per year. There are 5 rooms and a 16 bay recovery area. They perform complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic endoscopy as one of the leading units in the UK with a very large tertiary referral practice. They also have one of the largest upper gastrointestinal practices in Europe treating oesophago-gastric cancers and Barrett's oesophagus. This hospital is also the main North London screening centre for colorectal cancer.

Sponsorship information

We are delighted to provide outstanding sponsorship opportunities at BSG Endoscopy Live 2019. Exposure opportunities are available to match your budget, from bespoke packages that include symposia slots through to a presence within the exhibition to branding within the event app we can work with you to ensure your aims and ambitions for joining us in Gateshead are met. Please do join us for the UK’s largest live endoscopy event.

Please request a copy of the sponsorship prospectus by contacting the BSG Endoscopy Live Secretariat on or calling +44 (0)1730 715288. The team are happy to talk through opportunities or how we can tailor these to match your budget.