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New multi-million pound home for endoscopy officially opened

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
New multi-million pound home for endoscopy officially opened

North Tyneside General Hospital’s new £2.5million endoscopy unit which gives patients access to some of the best facilities available in the NHS has been officially opened.

The new unit is now in purpose-designed, fully-refurbished premises which offer much more space and a much-improved environment for patients.

With separate areas for admitting and discharging patients, the unit – based where critical care was previously located – improves the privacy and dignity for those having this diagnostic test.

The facility, which has the latest diagnostic technology, was officially opened by Professor Roger Barton and Dr Irving Cobden, both former staff who were instrumental in the development of the service.

The opening is part of the trust’s continued investment in its general hospitals for patients who require planned and on-going care, and in North Tyneside in particular.

It has been made possible due to extra space being made available at North Tyneside hospital thanks to the opening of The Northumbria hospital in 2015. The unit was previously housed in temporary buildings attached to the main hospital.

Professor Roger Barton, formerly of the trust and now provost and chief executive of Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, said: “I’m delighted to return to the trust to officially open the endoscopy unit with Dr Cobden.

“It’s truly fantastic and refreshing to see a unit that is 100 per cent designed around patients’ needs and complements their flow through the department.

“It’s so bright and spacious, offering patients the best possible environment and I’d like to congratulate everyone involved.”

Dr Irving Cobden, who retired last year, said: “To see how far the endoscopy service has come since its small beginnings when I was first involved in the 1980s is truly staggering.

“I’d like to pay full credit to the trust for its vision and commitment to put patients at the heart of its plans and the hard-working teams which have brought this to fruition.”

Dr Tom Lee, clinical lead for endoscopy at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It has always been our intention to make best use of the space made available by the opening of The Northumbria hospital to improve facilities for our patients.

“We’re delighted that patients having planned tests are now benefitting from our new unit and we have received extremely positive feedback.”

Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth, who attended the opening with past and present staff, said: “I’m delighted to see continued investment in health services here in North Tyneside by Northumbria Healthcare and I’m delighted that the latest technology is available for people at their local hospital.

“Having a much improved environment and greater privacy and dignity before and after procedures makes a huge difference, particularly for those who may be anxious about their test.”



Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680