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The £5 million purpose built Endoscopy Unit at Basildon University Hospital, was officially opened in September 2008. The Unit increases capacity to enable more than 9,000 procedures a year to be performed. This will improve access for patients and further reduce waiting times. The Unit has been designed for the efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients. It boasts dedicated admission and discharge rooms along with an array of high-tech equipment and decontamination facilities, and an improved waiting area for patients. These changes vastly improve our patients' experience, in particular ensuring that patient privacy and dignity is maintained. The opening of the Unit means we can offer a new service, Nasal Endoscopy. This procedure is more comfortable for patients than Gastroscopy and sedation is not usually necessary. Along with the newly purchased Nasendoscopes, a £750,000 equipment budget has provided two additional C02 Insufflators, two more Argon Plasma Coagulators and an extra Magnetic Scope Guide as well as new patient trolleys.

The new Endoscopy Unit offers the following procedures:

  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy/Limited Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography
  • Flexible Cystoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Upper and Lower GI investigations
  • Bowel Cancer Screening

The Unit has developed into a multi-speciality facility where there has been close liaison in clinical management with substantial patient benefits. Examples of this close working include the one-stop urology clinic where patients can have an ultrasound assessment, clinical examination and cystoscopy at one visit. Routine joint assessment of cancer patients by physicians, surgeons and oncologist also occurs within the Endoscopy Suite.

All upper GI cancer patients have a direct SOS telephone number to the endoscopy based cancer team. Those with an ultraflex stent in situ, either oesophageal or biliary, can gain direct access to the endoscopy unit for treatment. All upper GI cancer patients are given this contact number on suspicion of a problem and therefore always have access to a member of the multi-disciplinary team whilst waiting for results. The upper GI cancer team co-ordinate the patient pathway from diagnosis to death or discharge. The South Essex Bowel Cancer Screening Centre is based at Basildon University Hospital. The new Endoscopy Unit supports the provision and growth of this service.

Contacts:

Endoscopy Unit: 01268 524900 / 0845 155 3111 ext 3970/3987/3780.

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  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
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