Dozens of people are now being diagnosed each week at Eastbourne DGH through endoscopy procedures.
Thanks to additional capacity at the unit at the DGH, an extra 60 patients are being treated each week.
Over recent years there has been around a 30% year on year increase in the number of patients requiring an endoscopy diagnostic procedure. Demand locally has outstripped supply, creating a back log of patients waiting for an investigation. With the extra capacity in place it is anticipated the backlog will be cleared by the end of October.
This is the first phase of an exciting plan to be one of the first Trusts in the South East to create a seven day a week endoscopy service. Additional endoscopy staff are currently being recruited to provide a sustainable seven days a week service which will be JAG accredited. It is anticipated the new service will also be able to deliver the Bowel Scoping Programme by mid-2018.
Dr Phil Mayhead Endoscopy Lead at ESHT said, “We are pleased to be able to treat more patients with this additional capacity. It will help to bring us into a position where we can treat patients in a timely manner. Developing a seven day a week service will be good for patients, improving the quality of service we offer and enable us to obtain JAG accreditation on both our sites.”
Endoscopies are specialist internal examinations used to detect problems in many parts of the body, including the stomach and colon. Endoscopy examinations use images obtained by feeding the fibre-optic tube inside the patient, and allow swift and accurate decisions to be made about exactly what treatment the patient needs.