Every year, 12,000 procedures are performed from two rooms in the Endoscopy Unit at St Peter’s Hospital. From July this year, a third room will be added as part of the Trust’s exciting plans to enhance the service and accommodate increasing demand.
On completion, the department will boast a range of new features including: Gastrointestinal (GI) Investigations Room, a 3rd procedure Room, 4 bedded Recovery Area and a second Discharge Room.
In conjunction with the upgrade is a recruitment drive, designed to attract a number of new nurses to the team. This is to ensure the service is sufficiently staffed and importantly, it can continue to perform to the high standards the team prides itself on delivering to patients. Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person's digestive tract.
Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, a doctor can view pictures of a patient’s digestive tract on a colour TV monitor.
In most cases the procedure is completed within 15 to 30 minutes up to an hour slightly more complex cases.
Currently, the busy team which comprises receptionists, a Bookings Team, Nurses, TCAPs, a Porter, Surgeons (both Upper Gastrointestinal and Colorectal), Sterile Services, Nurse Endoscopists and Gastrointestinal Endoscopist, provide a 7day a week, 365 day a year service and sets its standards to a very high level with success attributed to a ‘family style’ atmosphere that nurtures respect and a shared desire to achieve the best for patients.
Heather Jones, ASPH’s Gastrointestinal service manager explained: “We have a happy, proud, skilled and cohesive team that bring out the best in each other. Patients consistently give us positive feedback and tell us how happy they are with the service. The rapport in the team is exceptional. I’ve been here for 18 months and absolutely love it; I wouldn’t change it for anything”.