£7 million unit meets growing demand for endoscopy services

Harrogate District Hospital with the support of partners that include endoscopy equipment supplier Aquilant, is further driving up levels of patient care thanks to its new state-of-the-art endoscopy unit.

The facility, which has seen the number of treatment rooms increased from two to five, also includes modern recovery bays, private consultation areas and new patient changing rooms which will further help to improve the treatment of individuals with disabilities.

Harrogate District Hospital’s clinical team has had to cater for a 50% increase in referrals for its endoscopy services over the last few years, fuelled by factors such as the Government’s Five-Year Strategy to Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes. The facility will allow the hospital to meet the current demand and extend the range of screening programmes it is able to offer patients.

Harrogate District Hospital’s Endoscopy suite manager, Lorraine Dyson, said: “The transformation of the unit has been amazing and drawn great feedback from patients and staff alike, impressed by its fresh, modern and sophisticated look. It’s also given us a lot more capacity to widen the range of conditions and age groups we screen for, which is timely given the government’s recent announcement to lower the start age of bowel cancer screening to 50. Ultimately, earlier screening helps us to save more lives, which is the main driving force of what we are trying to achieve.”

Technology from endoscopy system manufacturers such as Aquilant’s partner Fujifilm, is also making a critical difference, with imaging systems that incorporate 4-LED Multi-Light technology, enabling clinicians to better detect, characterise and treat abnormalities at a much earlier stage.

 

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