Date of release: 10 April 2015
A brand new £1.3 million endoscopy suite opens at Cannock Chase Hospital on Monday April 13.
With additional investment of £300,000 in state-of-the-art endoscopy camera equipment and a high specification water treatment system, the converted former Littleton ward will also provide three additional procedure rooms and decontamination facilities.
The extra rooms mean added capacity so more nurses are now being recruited as the service plans additional procedures.
Dean Gritton, Group Manager for Medicine at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), said: “Everyone involved in providing the service is proud of these new facilities.
“It means we can treat more patients and give them the high quality treatment they deserve.”
Gastroenterology services, including endoscopy procedures, were transferred to Cannock in November 2014.
Two consultants, six nurses and four administrative staff transferred their employment to RWT.
Another ten nurses have been recruited since then to help run endoscopy sessions and outpatient clinics.
Eight endoscopy sessions are run each week by four consultants and an Endoscopy Nurse Practitioner. The sessions provide colonoscopies, gastroscopies and flexible sigmoidoscopies for conditions like bowel cancer, colitis, stomach cancer and dyspepsia.
Additionally, nine consultant led outpatient clinics and three specialist nurse clinics provide an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Deficiency Anaemia Service.
The new endoscopy suite is part of the £27million investment programme announced when The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust took over services at Cannock Chase Hospital earlier this year.
Orthopaedics, rheumatology and dermatology have already moved to Cannock, Maternity and Gynaecology services have been expanded to include Cannock, and the Trust will open additional theatres and surgical capacity in early 2016. The Trust is also excited that the minor injuries unit transferred into RWT in March and will look to ways to ensure it is well used for the future.
The Trust’s Integration Programme Director Sultan Mahmud said: “So far the service transfer has gone to plan and met our expectations.
“We have received very positive feedback from the local community, patients and the local authority in Cannock. The opening of this fantastic state-of-the-art endoscopy suite is another stage in the development and will be a facility that will improve the care we can provide for our patients.”
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