Endoscopy Unit - Haygarth Building

The new purpose built stand-alone unit was opened at The Countess of Chester Hospital during May 2014. This modern facility meets dignity and quality standards with the latest in technology and segregated single sex changing and recovery areas, and has 5 fully commissioned Endoscopy Procedure rooms.

Endoscopy services can be accessed by the population of Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston, Western Cheshire and North Wales for both inpatient and outpatient activity. The Endoscopy unit also receives a number of referrals for access to the service through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

The Unit is compliant with the relevant Joint Advisory Group (JAG) guidelines and Global Rating Scale audits (G.R.S.). These will ensure that a high standard of treatment and care is delivered to all patients throughout the Unit.

The Unit is committed to the training and development of all the staff working there, and provides appropriate facilities for Trainers and Trainees including junior medical staff, Specialist Nurses, Endoscopy Practitioners. All Endoscopy Nursing staff complete Gastrointestinal Nurse (GIN) training packs which is validated by JAG and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The Endoscopy Unit delivers a service and care to patients who require either diagnostic or therapeutic treatment for Gastrointestinal and Respiratory conditions in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. This can be on both an elective or emergency basis.

SCOPE OF SERVICE

Consultants from the Gastroenterology, Upper & Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Respiratory Services perform procedures within the unit. We also have a team of Endoscopy Practitioners and Specialist Nurse Practitioners.

The Endoscopy Unit provides the following services: -
o Gastroscopy – diagnostic and therapeutic
o Colonoscopy – diagnostic and therapeutic
o Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
o ERCP
o PEG insertions/ replacement
o Bronchoscopy, EBUS
o Bowel screening and scoping
o Surveillance endoscopy including:
 Barrett's oesophagus;
 Colitis and Crohn’s disease surveillance
 Colon polyp’s
 Colon cancer

CHILDREN AND ENDOSCOPY

The Countess of Chester Hospital does not provide an Endoscopy service for Children under the age of 16.

INSOURCING & OUTSOURCING

The Countess of Chester does not outsource Endoscopy patients (refer on to other sites), all patients currently have their procedures on-site within the unit.

Insourcing and private patient enquiries should be directed to the Business Performance Manager who can be contacted via switchboard on 01244 365000.

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