New £1.7m “top” endoscopy unit opened

A new £1.7m endoscopy unit has been hailed as a “great improvement” that will bring benefit to patients and staff.

Trust Chief Executive Jackie Bene officially opened the unit and was given a tour of its facilities together the staff who work there, providing “top” quality endoscopy services in the UK.

Endoscopy unit opening Nov 2018

The endoscopy unit was built in the space that used to be occupied by the staff restaurant on the first floor in E block.

It offers four consulting rooms, four treatment rooms, plus associated preparation rooms, first and second stage recovery rooms and a patient waiting room.

George Lipscomb, consultant gastroenterologist and Divisional Medical Director, said: “The new unit provides us with an additional treatment room, which means we can see more patients in a timely manner.

“The old unit was very cramped and this new unit offers a much better environment for patients and staff. It is one of the top units in the country for the accreditation we have to achieve.”

Royal Bolton is a specialist centre for bowel screening for patients from Salford and Wigan, as well as Bolton.

The building project was coordinated by iFM Bolton on behalf the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and was completed with the support of an external design, architect and mechanical and engineering team.

Dr Lipscomb said the unit had been designed so the flow of patients from arrival to discharge was much smoother than previously. It has dedicated entrances for in-patients, which means their privacy and dignity is better protected, and it has separate male and female treatment recovery rooms.

The unit’s equipment is fitted with the latest technology, allowing staff to pinpoint internal bleeding with great accuracy, for example, and to be highly precise and sensitive when carrying out investigations. The quality of the equipment and care allows the unit to achieve its regulatory accreditation.

Sonia Griffin, assistant divisional nurse director for elective care, said: “The new unit allows us to provide a class A standard of service. The staff are very proud to work here.”

Consultant El Said Abdulrazeg added: “The unit is better organised than before. It provides for improved patient dignity and the patient flow through the unit is much better.”

Jackie Bene added: “The team here had previously been working in sub-standard accommodation but they nonetheless always achieve great outcomes for their patients. So it’s great that this new unit will offer a much better experience for staff and patients alike.”

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