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Endoscopy services to return as part of new Berwick hospital

Tuesday, 02 July, 2019
Endoscopy services to return as part of new Berwick hospital

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust confirms endoscopy services will form part of the new Berwick hospital

Following on-going public engagement, Northumbria Healthcare has today confirmed that plans for the new Berwick hospital will include an endoscopy suite.

The new hospital – to be built on the site of the current Berwick Infirmary – will accommodate the very latest technology, allowing the infirmary to be more flexible and adaptable to change, whilst still retaining all the services currently present. The inclusion of endoscopy services in the plans will further enhance the facility’s role as a vital hub for health and care services in the area.

Marion Dickson, executive director of nursing and midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare and project lead for the new Berwick hospital site, said: “We’re delighted that the new hospital will include an endoscopy suite.

“This means we will be able to offer improved privacy and dignity for those having this diagnostic test which is something we are determined to do.”

Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure carried out as an outpatient appointment which involves a camera on a flexible tube being inserted into the body via the mouth and throat, which allows the clinician to see inside the body.

Marion said: “We have a longstanding commitment to provide as much care as we safely can locally in order to reduce the need for people having to travel long distances.

“By bringing this service to Berwick as part of a £25million investment in a new hospital, we aim to make that a reality for even more local people.”

The endoscopy service will have JAG-accreditation which is only awarded to the very best endoscopy services which meet high-quality gastrointestinal standards such as education about best practice and patient confidence. It demonstrates that the service has delivered against the high standards set out by the Joint Advisory Group on GI endoscopy from the Royal College of Physicians.

Siobhan Brown, chief operating officer at NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We welcome the announcement that endoscopy services will be included in the new Berwick hospital and will meet the latest clinical standards.

“We have listened to the feedback from the public and it is fantastic to see the service return to the town, making it much more convenient for local patients to access high quality NHS services and not having to make a journey elsewhere for this procedure.”

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick upon Tweed, said: “It is great news that Northumbria Healthcare has confirmed that endoscopy services will be included within the town’s new hospital.

“Having this much-needed service locally will mean that residents will not have to travel out of the area for this procedure which will be of great benefit to the community.

“I am pleased also to see that officials within Northumbria Healthcare are listening and responding to the views from the local community. I will continue to discuss how services will develop as the planning for the new hospital continues.”

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680