Opening hours: Tue & Wed 13:30 - 20:00
Private Secretary : Leah McGrath 07889 219806

WELCOME

I have created this web-site to provide you quick and easy access to the most popular Gastroenterology sites and self help groups. You will also find a brief resume of the services I offer to private patients, a multitude of patient information sheets, power point presentations on a range of gastroenterology conditions and access to some of the research I have published.

I am a true Luminologists, with specialty knowledge of gastroenterology from mouth through to anus. I am experienced with many specialty procedures, not commonly performed by Gastroenterologists outside of the teaching hospitals. I have led from the top, as Clinical Lead for the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, and now the Medical Advisory Committee Representative for Gastroenterology at the Spire Harpenden Hospital. I keep myself current with the latest medical literature and maintain a high research profile. I am known Nationally and Internationally for the innovative work I have done in developing new models of service provision for gastroenterology patients, utilising modern technologies.

OUR SERVICES

My Areas of Expertise

Oesophagus

If you are having problems with pain on swallowing, food getting stuck or burning pains in the chest, then I run one of the few Oesophageal (HRM) Laboratories outside of the teaching hospitals.

Stomach

If you are experiencing indigestion, pain and/or bloating in the upper abdomen then I have access to an Endoscopy Unit graded “Excellent” by the Clinical Qualities Commission.

Small Bowel

If you are suffering malabsorption, weight loss, pain or altered bowel habits, I  run a local Capsule Enteroscopy Unit and have a research interest in food allergies e.g. Coeliac Disease.

Colon

If you have suffered from a change if bowel habits, abdominal pain, bloating or blood loss, then I am an experienced colonoscopist with a research interest in inflammatory bowel disease.

Why go private

Why should you choose us

I am experienced with many specialty procedures, not commonly performed by Gastroenterologists outside of the teaching hospitals.

I am usually able to see most patients within a week of the referral.

We have clinical expertise across a wide variety of treatments and procedures, delivered in award-winning, immaculate hospitals and clinics.

We have developed a full multi-disciplinary medical team approach using some of the latest technology to help you get back to living life to the fullest.

testimonials

clients about us

“Never met a doctor so helpful, I would recommend Dr Johnson to all my friends and family. Very easy to talk to…”

LS from Luton

Latest research, news and papers

From the Blog

High Soluble Fibre Diet helps Reflux

Further evidence can be found in these two articles looking at the benefit of a high soluble fibre diet and ...
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Dispelling the myths about PPI side effects

Anyone concerned about the side effects of longterm PPIs should flick through this Review article from 2017 and the BSG's ...
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/ Acid Reflux + Barrett's, Uncategorized

Wedgehog

I have no shares in this company, but I am often asked about anti-reflux wedge pillows. This is a link ...
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/ Acid Reflux + Barrett's

COVID Vaccinations Recommended for All IBD patients

We have recently received a statement from the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology) recommending COVID vaccinations for all IBD patients ...
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Advice for IBD Patients and Corona Virus (Covid 19)

I attach a link to a letter we have been sending out from the L&D to help advise and direct ...
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Advice for Coeliac Disease and Corona Virus (Covid 19)

I have been contacted by several coeliac patients asking for advice with regards to their risk of contracting Covid 19 ...
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/ Coeliac disease, Uncategorized

High Soluble Fibre Diet helps Reflux

Further evidence can be found in these two articles looking at the benefit of a high soluble fibre diet and ...
Read More

Dispelling the myths about PPI side effects

Anyone concerned about the side effects of longterm PPIs should flick through this Review article from 2017 and the BSG's ...
Read More
/ Acid Reflux + Barrett's, Uncategorized

Wedgehog

I have no shares in this company, but I am often asked about anti-reflux wedge pillows. This is a link ...
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/ Acid Reflux + Barrett's

New National Barrett’s Surveillance Guidelines

Findings Surveillance Intestinal metaplasia of the cardia Not recommended Irregular Z line Not recommended <3cm without IM Repeat gastroscopy with ...
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/ Acid Reflux + Barrett's

New Reflux Catagorisation

Reflux Reflux symptoms can be experienced secondary to a range of problems that are not always acid related. Even in ...
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/ Acid Reflux + Barrett's

Advice for Coeliac Disease and Corona Virus (Covid 19)

I have been contacted by several coeliac patients asking for advice with regards to their risk of contracting Covid 19 ...
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/ Coeliac disease, Uncategorized

Update on gluten free prescribing in England

For all coeliac patients - Please read this recent update from Coeliac UK "In case you missed it in our ...
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/ Coeliac disease

Coeliac Awareness Week

Last week was Coeliac Awareness Week. It has already been hugely successful with people from all over the UK getting ...
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/ Coeliac disease

Awareness Week 2015 – Is it coeliac disease? – Coeliac UK

Source: Awareness Week 2015 - Is it coeliac disease? - Coeliac UK ...
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/ Coeliac disease

The different types of colonic resection

Dansac have kindly produced this simple visual chart documenting the different types of colonic surgical resections If the full picture ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

Living with a stoma

Dansac have produced a nice summary to help guide patients with a stoma through issues relating to getting back to ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

Bowel Cancer Awareness

http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/media/408851/2407_bcuk_dl_leaflet_manwoman_web.pdf ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

New European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Poster

The United European Gastroenterology (UEG) group have published a new colorectal cancer awareness poster as a useful reminder to us ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Awareness – Film Award

The Contribution the L&D has made to the Mount Vernon Cancer Network recently received a Highly Commended award in the Prevention and ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

Video – Improving the early diagnosis of Colo-Rectal Cancer

Earlier this year the L&D help a film crew track a " behind the scenes" view of cancer management in ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

Colonic Cancer Awareness

Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign Advice http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-colon-rectum-or-bowel/Pages/Screeningforbowelcancer.aspx ...
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/ Colo-Rectal Cancer

H.pylori Eradication Therapy

There has been an increase in H.pylori antibiotic resistance throughout Europe Presently the leading triple combination therapy in UK is ...
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/ Dyspepsia / Indigestion

Hypermobility Syndrome / Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Hypermobility Syndrome / Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Within the field of gastroenterology I often see this condition typically associated with slow ...
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Selective IgA Deficiency Patient Advice Sheet

Please click on this link to find attached a patient advice sheet for Selective IgA Deficiency provided by Primary Immunodeficiency UK ...
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Abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome

Recurrent isolated RUQ abdominal pain (e.g. often under the right ribs) is common and abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome is ...
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Anal Pain and Discomfort

Anal pain can have many potential causes Click on this patient information link to be guided through some of the ...
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Trainer for ACT – Advanced Training in Constipation Management

I have recently been chosen as a trainer for the new ACT (Advanced Training in Constipation) management courses in the ...
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New Treatment in Chronic Constipation

Prucalopride This new selective, high affinity 5-HT4 agonist appears to be one of the first new therapies to have really ...
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/ Functional Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

COVID Vaccinations Recommended for All IBD patients

We have recently received a statement from the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology) recommending COVID vaccinations for all IBD patients ...
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Advice for IBD Patients and Corona Virus (Covid 19)

I attach a link to a letter we have been sending out from the L&D to help advise and direct ...
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Iron Deficiency Anaemia in IBD

I have added a new video hosted on the BMJ Educational site to explain some of the local issues we ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Cost of IBD Prescriptions

A recent review of 5,600 people with long-term medical conditions (including IBD) demonstrated that almost 1/3rd of all prescribed long-term ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

BBC – Living with a Stoma

This week I notice the BBC have shared 2x patient accounts of their experience of living with a stoma. Both ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

How to use rectal preparations

The Dr. Falk Foundation has produced this useful short video to guide patients in how best to administer both rectal ...
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SAGE Update – IBD-SSHAMP 2015

SSHAMP Article 2015 ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Shortlisted for BMJ Gastroenterology Team of the Year again for the second year running

We are delighted to have been shortlisted into the final 4 of the nominations for the BMJ's 2015 Gastroenterology Team ...
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Listed in the Ambassador Magazine

Achievements of the L&D Gastroenterology Team listed in the latest Ambassador Magazine ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD Self Management Talk

I have been asked to present our experience at the L&D with IBD patient self management at the next Dr ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Winner of one of the Best Poster Awards at the BSG 2014

IBD - SSHAMP (Supported, Self Help And Management Programme) won best poster in the Gastroenterology Services section at this year's ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD Registry Talk at the British Society of Gastroenterology 2014

For those who could't make it or want a second viewing my presentation at this years British Society of Gastroenterology ...
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/ Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Recent presentation at ECCO entitled Mindset And Change

Mindset & Change Prof Gert Van Assche & Prof Kris Vanhaecht & Dr. Matt W. Johnson Me presenting in ECCO ...
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/ Medical Developments

Ambassador Magazine mentions our Gastro Developments x2

http://www.drmattwjohnson.com/wp-content/uploads/LD-Ambassador-February-2016_FINAL-FINAL.pdf ...
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/ Medical Developments

The L&D Team are Shortlisted for the BMJ Gastroenterology Team of the Year Awards 2014

The L&D Team are Shortlisted for the British Medical Journal's Gastroenterology Team of the Year Awards  2014 ...
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/ Medical Developments

Update for BUPA patients

For those of you who missed the recent Watchdog programme on BUPAs new approach to the private health insurance, I ...
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/ Medical Developments

Treatment options for Eosinophilic Oesophagitis

Treatment options for Eosinophilic Oesophagitis a) Budesonide Children (<10y) - 0.5mg twice a day Adults - 1mg twice a day ...
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/ Oesophageal

Botox in Achalasia

The most common method for delivering BT involves visual estimation of the location of LES and injection of 1 mL ...
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/ Oesophageal Dysmotility

High Resolution Manometry

We have been delighted with the results of our new high resolution manometry service. We have now investigated over 40 ...
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/ Oesophageal Dysmotility

Achalasia: New HRM Classification

Gastroenterology 2008;135:1528-1533 Type 1 - Classic achalasia with minimal oesophageal pressurization Type 2 - Achalasia with oesophageal compression Type 3 ...
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/ Oesophageal Dysmotility

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Sheet

Pancreatic cancer is a major problem in UK and unfortunately it is often picked up late I attach here a ...
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/ Pancreatic Issues

Pan-Enteric Capsule Endoscopy

We are looking to introduce Pan-Enteric Capsule endoscopy shortly at the L&D. Potentially this could spare patients from having to ...
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/ Small Bowel Pathology

L&D opens it’s new Small Bowel Capsule Enteroscopy Service

This months Ambassador Magazine advertises the opening of the new Small Bowel Capsule Enteroscopy Service at the Luton & Dunstable FT ...
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/ Small Bowel Pathology

New Small Bowel Capsule Enteroscopy Service at L&D

Finally after 2 years, the equipment for our new small bowel capsule enteroscopy service has arrived. We have a small ...
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/ Small Bowel Pathology

New Capsule Enteroscopy Service

Finally, within the next few weeks we hope to open our new capsule enteroscopy service at the L&D ...
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/ Small Bowel Pathology

Capsule Enteroscopy Service

We have now had acceptance from the PCT to fund a capsule enteroscopy service and are now looking at raising ...
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/ Small Bowel Pathology
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