New unit at DGH is nearing completion

Building work on the new Endoscopy Unit at the DGH is nearing its final phase with first patients expected to use the new unit in early autumn.

The unit is part of a multi-million pound two-storey extension to the hospital and the first floor will house the new state-of-the-art endoscopy unit with dedicated treatment rooms, separate male and female recovery areas and reception area for patients along with other associated areas. The new unit will enable the endoscopy department to eventually become a bowel cancer screening unit at around late autumn 2014 as it complies with a set of standards set out by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

The new extension to the hospital cost £5.7 million which 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.

George Melling, commercial director, said, “We are pleased with the progress of the work and anticipate patients using the new unit in early autumn.

“This extension highlights our continued investment in the Eastbourne District General Hospital site.

“It is part of a major series of ward and departmental upgrades and reconfigurations across the hospital to ensure we can deliver the standards of care and treatment.”