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Endoscopy officially reopens after refurbishment

Endoscopy opening Major refurbishment of the endoscopy department will improve patients’ experience and streamline care.

Patients attending the endoscopy unit at Poole Hospital will now benefit from state-of-the-art technology, an improved environment and more efficient services following the completion of a £0.5m refurbishment.

The work has included the refurbishment of recovery wards, waiting areas and toilets to improve patient privacy, as well as the introduction of patient monitoring systems for every bed, 3D technology in procedure rooms and a self-service check-in that is due to be installed next month.

The unit also hosts a refurbished on-site decontamination facility managed by sterile services technicians and enables the unit to operate more efficiently.

The unit was officially reopened on Friday 9 May by Dr Alistair Somerville-Ford, who kindly donated equipment for the unit previously.

Sylvia Lowrey, endoscopy senior sister at Poole Hospital said: “The newly refurbished unit will allow us to provide a more streamlined level of care, meaning a better experience for our patients.”

“The new segregated wards and waiting rooms will allow patients more privacy and state-of-the-art technologies will improve patient experience.

“The refurbishment has significantly improved the facility and will benefit all patients using the service. We have received very positive feedback from our patients so far.”

Poole Hospital is the screening centre for the Dorset bowel screening programme, which recent figures from a BBC news report showed had the highest uptake for bowel screening (66%) in England, the refurbishment at the hospital will offer an improved service for patients who have taken part in the screening and require screening endoscopy as part of their follow-up investigations.

Date: 9 May 2014

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