JAG accreditation for Endoscopy

Bolton’s new endoscopy unit has received a seal of approval from the national Joint Advisory Group (JAG). 

In the first review since the unit opened last year, inspectors said: “The bright and airy unit follows the requirements of the patient pathway. There are high standards of privacy and dignity in relation to the care given, and the siting of facilities throughout the environment. Patients have been involved throughout the process and building.

“We congratulate the service on continuing as a JAG accredited service in the new environment.”

JAG is the Royal College of Physicians Joint Advisory Group on gastrointestinal endoscopy. Accreditation is awarded to high-quality services and is a national standard.

Dr George Lipscomb, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Divisional Medical Director for Acute Medicine, (pictured right) said he was delighted the unit had been reaccredited.

He said: We’re very proud that our new unit continues to provide an excellent service to the people of Bolton and beyond. Staff have worked hard to achieve this.”

The unit now has four scoping rooms whereas previously it had two in one part of the hospital, and another one elsewhere on the site. It is located on the first floor in the former restaurant which has been moved and refurbished. The capital spend on the unit alone was £2.328m with an additional £948,977 being spent on other things such as new medical equipment and funding for extra staff.

Pictured: staff from the Endoscopy Unit

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