Work starts on new £3m endoscopy unit

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WORK is underway on a new £3million endoscopy unit at the DGH.

The state-of-the-art facility should be finished by autumn next year and is being built next door to the day surgery department and the hospital’s MRI unit.

The Endoscopy Department is used to carry out a wide range of procedures using an instrument called an endoscope to see inside the body.

And the new unit will make it easier for staff to assess and treat both outpatients and inpatients.

The number of specialist treatment rooms will also increase from two to three and include a new central endoscope cleaning and sterilisation unit.

Bosses at the DGH say the new development will allow more patients to be seen, improve the privacy and dignity of patients and mean the endoscopy department can handle bowel cancer screening teats.

It will also have a new reception area and nearby parking will be extended to provide additional spaces, including disabled bays and a drop-off and pick-up zone.

Dr Harry Walmsley, planned care division director, welcomed the investment.

He said, “This new unit will significantly enhance the already excellent endoscopy service we provide our patients.

“It will enable us to increase our capacity to undertake procedures which will speed up the diagnosis and treatment.”