A prestigious stamp of approval has been granted to George Eliot Hospital’s endoscopy screening service, which was described as “one of the best” by The Royal College of Physicians.
The unit was inspected by assessors from The Royal College of Physicians’ Joint Advisory Group (JAG) for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, who heaped praise on the team and the facilities.
JAG accreditation is particularly special for the George Eliot Hospital Trust as it comes just over a year after the hospital opened its new endoscopy facility, where clinicians use specialist equipment to view inside parts of the body such as bowel, stomach, bladder and lungs.
“Achieving such high praise as part of JAG accreditation is a real landmark for our unit,” said the hospital’s clinical lead for endoscopy, Dr Edmond Sung.
“This accomplishment is a team effort and is the result of the tireless dedication and commitment by our endoscopy staff. I am incredibly proud to be working with this committed and brilliant team.”
JAG accreditation standards define a high-quality, safe and appropriate endoscopy service, delivered by a highly-trained, highly-supported and highly-motivated workforce.
George Eliot Hospital’s JAG assessment report stated: “The new endoscopy facility and supporting patient pathway are exemplary. This is one of the best and most patient centred designs we have seen and the leadership team is congratulated on this achievement.
“The safety culture and supporting processes are excellent.
“The service offers an exceptional, considered patient pathway that ensures the highest levels of respect and dignity for patients at each stage of their journey.
“The service is commended on its excellent, comprehensive patient information and pre-assessment services for patients.
“We commend the 'can-do' culture and ethos of the team, who informed the assessment team that they were 'very proud' of their service and the care it delivers to patients.”