New endoscopy suite sees 300 a week

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A NEW endoscopy suite, part of a £14 million redevelopment scheme at East Surrey Hospital, has been completed.

The new suite is described as a state-of-the-art facility, with a preparation room, four admission rooms, four procedure rooms and 12 recovery beds in two single sex wards.

Having opened on December 5, the suite has already been dealing with 300 patients a week.

There are already approximately 8,000 procedures performed per year in the suite.

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined internally using an endoscope.

The endoscopy suite will allow the Trust to provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures.

It boasts state of the art instruments and accessories, advanced disinfection and sterilising methods and specialist endoscopy nurses and doctors.

Michael Wilson, chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We are making huge progress in improving diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients who come to the endoscopy suite and are absolutely delighted that the suite is now open.”

Rosemary Goodchild, endoscopy unit manager, said: “The opening of the endoscopy suite is a big step forward for the endoscopy team.

“We would like to thank our clients for their understanding during redevelopment of the suite.

“Our aim is to treat patients with privacy and dignity and the opening of the new suite will allowed us to care for our patients in a modern and friendly environment.”