Former BBC newsreader Kay Alexander was joined by local dignitaries, staff and patients at the opening of George Eliot Hospital’s new £4.1 million Endoscopy Unit on Wednesday, 26th July.
The purpose-built unit provides state-of-the art facilities for local people, improving the efficiency of patient flow, enhancing the patient experience and ensuring that men and women have separate facilities, before and after their treatment.
An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined using an instrument called an endoscope and is used to investigate symptoms of stomach and digestive conditions. It may also be used for patients who are experiencing difficulties or pain when swallowing. The hospital conducts around 6,000 such procedures each year.
Following a staff poll, the facility has been named The Solomon Macey Unit, after a character from George Eliot’s novel Silas Marner. The George Eliot Fellowship, a local group, has supplied a colourful information board for the unit, which informs waiting patients about where the name for the unit comes from.
Guests at the event included the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth - Cllr Bill Hancox, Mrs Hancox, and MP for North Warwickshire, Craig Tracey.
Dr Edmond Sung, clinical lead for the Endoscopy Unit at George Eliot Hospital said: “I’m proud to be part of this new, purpose-built, nationally accredited endoscopy unit, which is able to deliver improved services for local people. It was fantastic to be able to show our guests around and follow the patient journey through our new facility.”
Kath Kelly, Chief Executive at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust said: “The new Endoscopy Unit is great for patients, staff and the public and we are thrilled that this investment in our Trust has been such a great success. The Solomon Macey Unit is a shining example of our commitment to delivering quality health services to our local population in Nuneaton, North Warwickshire and West Leicestershire.”.
For more information about the services available at the new Endoscopy Unit, visit: http://www.geh.nhs.uk/directory-of-services/endoscopy/