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Multi-million pound investment for the latest endoscopy equipment

Patients undergoing endoscopy procedures in Worcestershire will benefit thanks to a multi-million pound investment in brand new, state-of-the-art equipment at Worcestershire’s acute hospitals.

The new equipment will be used in the Endoscopy units at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Evesham Community Hospital and Kidderminster Treatment Centre.

The £4.2million investment will mean that patients having endoscopy procedures for gastrointestinal, respiratory or urology-related conditions will receive more advanced investigations, including high-definition cameras and top-of-the-range optical technology – all of which allow for clearer examination of patients.

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined by using a long, thin, flexible tube that has a camera at one end for diagnosis or treatment. The units in the county – run by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – see over 20,000 patients every year.

The unit at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital was recently awarded national accreditation for providing the highest quality of care to patients. This new equipment will also help the units at Kidderminster and Evesham to provide a similar service.

The updated, advanced equipment will also help the departments to retain high-quality endoscopy staff, as well as recruit additional staff as the service expands to meet the growing demand for endoscopy investigations, both locally and nationally.

Mr Richard Lovegrove, Clinical Lead for Endoscopy at Worcestershire’s hospitals said: “Endoscopy is an extremely important tool in diagnosing cancers and pre-cancerous conditions within the bowels, lungs and urinary tract. We have an extremely busy endoscopy department and this investment, together with the recent accreditation and improved Care Quality Commission report, all show we are working towards delivering the best possible care to the people of Worcestershire.”

“This new equipment will provide a real benefit to both surgeons and physicians undertaking endoscopy procedures, and patients undergoing investigations with us. We also hope this investment will help us to retain and recruit the best and most talented endoscopy staff for our patients.”

The new equipment is expected to be installed and in use by January.