Patients undergoing endoscopies at Wye Valley NHS Trust can be assured they are receiving the best possible treatment by highly qualified staff in comfortable and appropriate surroundings.
This follows the accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians which inspected the endoscopy units at Hereford County Hospital and Ross Community Hospital recently.
The accreditation means the service has met all of the exacting standards expected by the College and guarantees the highest quality service for patients.
Following an inspection by the College’s Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy, the inspection team concluded that the service has made improvements and changes to provide “a high quality, safe and efficient environment for patients to visit for their endoscopic procedures.”
The final report praises the Trust for the way executive and management teams have worked collaboratively with clinical colleagues to forge ahead with the improvements.
“This is good news for the service and great news for our patients,” said Dr Rupert Ransford, Clinical Lead for Endoscopy.
“Endoscopies are important as they provide vital information which can inform the type of care and treatment patients require. It’s absolutely essential that the Trust has an efficient and well run endoscopy service.
“Without this other services would struggle and patients could face considerable disruption to their care and treatment.”
The team at Hereford County Hospital and Ross Community Hospital carry out nearly 9,000 endoscopies a year. Each of these involves preparing the patient and making sure the cameras and the equipment itself has been subject to rigorous sterilisation and cleansing procedures.
The accreditation team also took into account the design and layout of the endoscopy units, facilities available, the recovery area, decontamination facilities and the clinical quality of the endoscopies as well as patient experiences.
“We take pride in provide the right care at the right place and time for our patients and this accreditation is a reflection of the hard work that is put in regularly by our endoscopy team,” added Andy Parker, General Manager for Endoscopy.
“However, we will not rest on our laurels - we have a philosophy of continuous improvement at the Trust and will continue to ensure the endoscopy service is the best it can be for local people.”