New endoscopy unit provides career opportunities
A £1.6million endoscopy unit at Scunthorpe hospital was officially opened as part of an open day for patients, visitors and staff to visit the unit.
The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) says the new unit brings two benefits – improving patient care and helping to attract future nurses and healthcare assistants.
Clinical endoscopy lead, Mr Ramana Kallam, explained the importance of this introduction to the trust. He said, “The new units have state-of-the-art equipment to do more complex treatments for the patient’s benefit.
“Ultimately everything is for the patients benefit; without them we don’t exist. It has been a fantastic journey to this point. We’re able to treat more patients due to having more capacity and better equipment.”
Former patient Mick Morgan, of Crowle, has had first-hand experience of the unit and was invited to work with staff and the planning team on the development. Having cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening, he said, “I have nothing but praise for the endoscopy department and the work they do here.”
Rebecca Abey, service manager, said, “The open day was successful and attracted a mix of internal and external registered general nurses and healthcare assistants, along with members of the public interested in seeing the brand new unit.
Attendees found the demonstrations of equipment and procedures in the clinical rooms particularly interesting; this allowed them to gain an understanding of both endoscopy in general and the roles within the unit which they would not have known prior to this.
“The management team are hopeful that any vacancies advertised in the near future will have an increase in uptake on the back of this.”
Since the first patient, in August 2017, more than 4,500 people have used the department that provides dedicated outpatient and day case facilities where a number of diagnostic tests including gastroscopies, colonoscopies, flexible-sigmoidoscopies and cystoscopies take place.