The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field is to officially open the new Endoscopy Unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital – part of a £5.7 million extension – on Wednesday April 30.

The official opening will be followed by an open day between 2pm to 4pm, when the public are invited to tour the new unit and visit exhibitions as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

The new endoscopy unit is part of a £5.7 million extension to the hospital.

It 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.

The new unit 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 are pleased the Lord Lieutenant has accepted our invitation to officially open our new Endoscopy Unit.

“We hope the public will come along to our open day so we can show them around our superb new unit.

“Our patients and staff love the spacious new unit and I am sure those who visit on the open day will be equally impressed.

“It is also an opportunity 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.”

The open day, open to the public, is an opportunity to have a guided tour of the Endoscopy Unit and speak to staff about work of the unit.

It is also an event organised as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer.

More than 90 per cent of cases of bowel cancer could be successfully treated if diagnosed early, yet at the moment almost half of the 100 people diagnosed every day in the UK will die from the disease.