The endoscopy unit in Wolverhampton has a national reputation as a centre of excellence in endoscopy training and practice. It provides an advanced therapeutic endoscopy service to the local population, and to the rest of the West Midlands as a referral centre for specialist techniques.
In 2006 Wolverhampton was the first centre to start in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England, and we cover a population of approximately 900,000 in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and part of South Staffordshire. In 2013 we became one of only six pilot sites delivering Bowel Scope flexible sigmoidoscopy screening, and in 2014 incorporated Russells Hall as a satellite site. In 2015, the Trust opened its new endoscopy suite at Cannock Chase Hospital to serve the local population of Cannock.
Endoscopy training courses have been delivered at Wolverhampton for over 20 years, and in 2013 the unit was established as one of only 10 designated Regional Training Centres in England. We provide a wide variety of specialist training courses in endoscopy for both doctors and nurses. The training centre lead is Dr Aravinth Murugananthan, who took up the reins from Dr Brian McKaig in 2017. Our training centre is highly regarded amongst those who attend and those seeking training courses.
In June 2014, the West Midlands Endoscopy Training Centre at Wolverhampton achieved international recognition by hosting a training course for leading Gastroenterologists from around the world with teaching faculty from our own centre and other leading UK training centres. As a result, the World Gastroenterology Organisation was able to adopt our British training methods worldwide. Medical and Nursing staff from Wolverhampton have been involved in delivering the training globally.