New DGH unit part of a £5.7 million extension

Endoscopy unit
Endoscopy unit

The new Endoscopy Unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital has opened its doors to patients for the first time today (28th October 2013). It is part of a new £5.7 million extension to the hospital.

The new state of the art endoscopy 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. The endoscopy unit is situated on the first floor of the new hospital extension.

This new unit will allow more patients to be seen and improve the privacy and dignity of patients requiring an endoscopy. The endoscopy unit had previously been based on a converted area on East Dean Ward.

Becky Cavalier, endoscopy matron, said, “This new unit is so spacious, light and airy.

“Our patients and the unit’s staff will love it and they will certainly notice how much more space we have now. It is hard to comprehend the massive difference between this new unit and the area we have been operating out of for the past few years.

“Most importantly it will allow us to deliver a more enhanced patient centred service.

“This new unit will enable us to eventually become a bowel screening unit late next year as it complies with a set of standards set out by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.”

JAG is a national body funded by several Royal Colleges that oversees the quality of endoscopists and endoscopy units in the UK.

The new extension to the hospital cost £5.7 million and includes a generous £260,000 donation from The Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals. The ground floor of the extension will be used to increase the capacity of other services.

Darren Grayson, chief executive, said, “This is a fantastic new facility for patients and increases our diagnostic capacity.

“I would like to thank The Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals for their generous donation the development of this new unit.”