Local builders and architects visited the George Eliot Hospital last week to hand over the keys to a new purpose built centre, which will expand existing endoscopy services within the hospital, when it opens its doors to patients this spring.
Coventry based design consultants IDP and representatives from construction firm MTX officially handed over the completed build project to representatives from the endoscopy team at the hospital.
Final safety checks are being made and furniture is now moved into the facility, ahead of an official opening in April.
The building has been 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 which will deliver improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times will also improve patient experience.
A new reception area, pre-assessment, changing, treatment and recovery rooms are just a few of the features completed within this exciting new build which will officially open in the next few weeks. This 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 are excited about the new building which will enhance their existing high quality services.
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.
This is another milestone for George Eliot Hospital’s endoscopy unit who were recognised earlier this year by the Royal College of Physicians for the quality and safety of its care. The Royal College of Physicians awarded the team with Joint Advisory Group for GI Endoscopy (JAG) Accreditation in January after it met all of the requirements expected.
This dedicated team were recognised for their safety, timeliness, quality, patient experience and training. The new building will help the team continue to comply with the high standards set by JAG and help it maintain accreditation status.
Clinical Lead for Endoscopy, Dr Edmond Sung said: “I am proud to see the newly completed endoscopy unit built to such a high standard. This facility is designed to not only meet the Joint Advisory Group for Endoscopy’s standards for endoscopy care delivery but aims to exceed them. With state of the art facility and equipment we aim to delivery safe and best quality care for endoscopy, enhancing patient experience with privacy and dignity at the core of its design”
IDP is a leading multi-disciplinary design consultancy, with specialists in healthcare, and designed and project managed the new endoscopy unit.
Sean Smith, Associate at IDP, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in providing George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust with a modern and functional facility designed to enable it to expand and improve its endoscopy service to patients, and to maintain the service’s accreditation status.
“A key aspect of the design of the building was to improve the service’s decontamination facilities and enhance patient flow providing separate facilities for male and female patients in line with current privacy and dignity policies.”
Graham Dodd, Project Management Team Leader at IDP, added: “Our project management team worked with the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust to deliver the project on time and within budget, and we look forward to seeing the unit become operational.”