I have spoken with a surgeon today and have given him my circumstances rearding GORD (I have been on lansoprazole for 16 years, am 38 years old, not overweight and also on ranitidine since May 2012 when I was also diagnosed with a short section of Barrett's. I have previously been offered a fundoplication, but declined, as the potential negatives didn't particularly fill me with confidence, a fundoplication not being reversible and all) and he advised that there is an opportunity to have a LINX device fitted in England, as long as the Barrett's is short, and the patient meets other criteria. This is not definite for everyone, but certainly a possibility and final confirmation can only be achieved on meeting with him and discussing the matter in person, when he can consider health, age, weight, etc.
Regarding the procedure, there is a requirement to have a PH Manometry which can potentially be done through the NHS, if your GP agrees to request one for the patient.
I believe that LINX can be claimed via private insurance but certainly not through the NHS at this point. The cost is quite steep (twice that of breast augmentation), but considering the potential pros of the device (when positively overlooking the potential negatives, and remembering that there is an opportunity to reverse the procedure) I am willing to shell out some cash to get off of the drugs and, more imporantly, to shake that darned heartburn after all these years.
In a nutshell then: the LINX procedure IS now possible for Barrett's GORD patients in the United Kingdom, who meet other criteria.
I hope any of this helps fellow sufferers who read this thread, as it certainly made me breathe a little more easy, no longer being totally excluded from what appears to be the right next step (for me anyway).
Note: My opinions regarding the fundoplication are my personal feelings and should by no means adversely affect others' views of that particular procedure. One day I may need it anyway ...