The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field has officially opened the new Endoscopy Unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital – part of a £5.7 million extension to the hospital.
The official opening was followed by an open day attended by more than 100 people who took up the opportunity to tour the new unit and visit exhibitions as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
The unit has three dedicated treatment rooms, separate male and female recovery areas, a reception and waiting area for patients along with other storage and office areas.
It allows more patients to be seen and improves the privacy and dignity of patients requiring an endoscopy. Approximately just over 5,000 procedures are performed in the unit each year.
Becky Cavalier, endoscopy matron, said, “We were delighted the Lord Lieutenant came to officially open our new Endoscopy Unit.
“It was great to see so many members of the public, ex-patients and staff attend the open day. We were also able to publicly thank The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital who generously contributed £260,000 to equip the unit and enable staff to provide the finest service possible to patients.
“I would like to thank the whole endoscopy team for their contribution and support to making this event the success it was.”
Dr Phil Mayhead, Consultant Gastroenterologist, said, “It was a great pleasure to give the speech on behalf of the Endoscopy team who have worked hard to make the new unit work well.
“We were delighted that so many people came to view the new unit today as we are very proud of our new department.”
Peter Nash, Chairman of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals, added, “We are pleased the Friends have been able to support this fantastic new unit.”