12th Dec, 2019

Alex endoscopy unit boost as £4.2m county investment brings new kit

A MULTI-million pound investment for the latest endoscopy equipment is to be made at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Patients undergoing endoscopy procedures will benefit thanks to a multi-million pound investment in brand new, state-of-the-art equipment.

As well as the Alex the new kit will benefit Evesham Community Hospital and Kidderminster Treatment Centre.

The £4.2million investment will mean that patients having endoscopy procedures for gastrointestinal, respiratory or urology-related conditions will receive more advanced investigations, including high-definition cameras and top-of-the-range optical technology – all of which allow for clearer examination of patients.

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined by using a long, thin, flexible tube that has a camera at one end for diagnosis or treatment. The units in the county – run by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – see over 20,000 patients every year.

The team at the Alex were recently awarded national accreditation for providing the highest quality of care to patients.

The new kit will also help all tree hospitals retain high-quality endoscopy staff, as well as recruit additional staff as the service expands to meet the growing demand.

Mr Richard Lovegrove, Clinical Lead for Endoscopy at Worcestershire’s hospitals said: “Endoscopy is an extremely important tool in diagnosing cancers and pre-cancerous conditions within the bowels, lungs and urinary tract.

“We have an extremely busy endoscopy department and this investment, together with the recent accreditation and improved Care Quality Commission report, all show we are working towards delivering the best possible care to the people of Worcestershire.”

The new equipment is expected to be installed and in use by January.

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