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Shorter waiting times for Northumbria patients

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Shorter waiting times for Northumbria patients

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has invested £2million to help cut waiting times for patients. 

The new funding means that waiting times will be greatly reduced for patients waiting for investigative procedures in the endoscopy department.  

Alan Campbell MP opened the new endoscopy unit at North Tyneside General Hospital today (Tuesday 14 February) where £1million has been spent on state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.  

This new equipment and new treatment room will ensure that diagnosis for people with stomach and bowel problems happens quickly.   

Nearly 8,000 patients are seen each year in the department and now the unit has been extended and refurbished with more treatment rooms at a cost of £1million.   

A team of endoscopy nurses and technicians work alongside consultant physicians, surgeons and specialist nurses to deliver high quality endoscopy services in the new unit.  

Sister Sandra Marshall said: “Waiting for tests can be an anxious time for patients and their families, this extra capacity will mean that patients will be able to undergo these diagnostic tests sooner which we hope will help alleviate some of their anxiety.

“The unit is now light and modern making it a more pleasant working environment for our staff.”