More praise and recognition as Sherwood Forest Hospitals endoscopy team awarded for contribution to training in Pakistan
Training recognition: (from left to right) Clinical endoscopist Paul Hagan with colleagues Consultant Surgeon Richard Hind, Nurse Endoscopist Sharon Hudson and Associate Operations Manager Cally Jarvis
November 17, 2016
Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ endoscopy team has been recognised for its contribution to better treatment of stomach and bowel conditions in Pakistan.
The Trust’s endoscopy department is one of 26 specialist training centres in the UK and is accredited by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which has representation across the medical profession.
Not only has Clinical Endoscopist Paul Hagan received a lifetime achievement award from the Government of Pakistan for contributions to education, but the team has been presented with achievement awards from the Civil Hospital Karachi, supported by Dow Medical School, in Pakistan.
Over the past five years, the team has been responsible for training more than 150 doctors from all over Pakistan.
Endoscopies use a flexible tube and camera to investigate conditions including bowel cancer, stomach problems, ulcers, gall stones and removal of polyps (growths) in the bowel.
Paul said: "Better quality investigations lead to earlier and more accurate diagnoses leading to more accurate and effective treatments.
"This, in turn, means better results for patients.
"Sherwood Forest Hospitals staff have given up holiday and study leave to deliver training in Pakistan, using a combination of face-to-face sessions and screen-to-screen presentations.
"We have built up a faculty of training experts and this is well-deserved recognition for them – not just clinical staff but members of the administration teams as well.”
Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ endoscopists have also trained staff in the Republic of Ireland, Nepal, Iceland and the USA.
About 14,000 procedures are carried out each year at King’s Mill and Newark Hospitals. The department recently celebrated receiving reaccreditation from the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which includes representation from the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Nursing.