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Latest £4.1m investment in services at George Eliot Hospital taking shape

Endoscopy with Edmond Sung

Investment in services at the George Eliot Hospital has taken a major step forward this week following the arrival of a new purpose built modular building which will expand endoscopy services within the hospital.

The building is being designed to improve capacity for endoscopy to meet increasing demand, improve the efficiency of patient flow, enhance the patient experience and ensure that both men and women have separate facilities before and after the procedure. The new unit will deliver improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times will also improve patient outcomes.

A new reception area, pre-assessment, changing, treatment and recovery rooms are just a few of the features of this exciting new build. An enhanced environment for endoscopy training will also help the team support patients.

George Eliot Hospital’ endoscopy unit provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy services to patients across Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire and surrounding areas. The team, currently based in the Day Procedures Unit, expects to be using the new facilities from early in 2017.

In just three days, 21 modules arrived on site by crane and were carefully slotted into place. Individual modules weigh approximately 11 tons and each took just a few minutes to be added to the design and build project.

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined using an endoscope. An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and a video camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are relayed to a television screen. 

Clinical Lead for Endoscopy, Dr Edmond Sung said: “We are delighted to witness the development of the new endoscopy unit. This new facility will transform our service into a centre of excellence for endoscopy, providing an enhanced high quality care to our patients.”

Recently, George Eliot Hospital’s endoscopy unit was recognised by The Royal College of Physicians for the quality and safety of its care - joining the top third of hospitals in the country. The Royal College of Physicians awarded the team with Joint Advisory Group for GI Endoscopy (JAG) Accreditation for 2016 after it met all of the requirements expected.

This is another significant milestone for this dedicated team who were recognised for their safety, timeliness, quality, patient experience and training. The new building will help the team continue to comply with the standards set by JAG and maintain accreditation status.

Patients and local people are invited to a special Health Awareness Event on 16th November to find about Endoscopy services led by our team of experts. The event starts at 6:30pm. Book your place by contacting jean.whittaker@geh.nhs.uk

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