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Medical colleges give seal of approval to Sherwood Forest Hospitals Endoscopy Department

Endoscopy team media release

Members of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Endoscopy Department team at King’s Mill Hospital, from left to right, Sarah Adams, administration team leader; Emily Dudley, clerical officer; Mark Townley, records assistant; Kirsty Adams, staff nurse; Paula Leslie, staff nurse; Cally Jarvis, operations support officer; Karen Shacklock, department leader; Alison Liptrot, staff nurse.       


October 19, 2016

Doctors and nurses at Sherwood Forest Hospitals endoscopy department are celebrating after achieving accreditation from leading clinicians.

The Trust carries out about 14,000 endoscopy procedures, including 3,400 at Newark Hospital, each year.

The procedure involves using a flexible tube and camera during treatment for conditions such as bowel cancer, stomach problems, ulcers, gall stones and removal of polyps (growths) in the bowel.

Consultant Dr Steve Foley paid tribute to the team across both sites for the enormous efforts they have put in to achieve accreditation.

“We have been through a rigorous inspection process and I am delighted that hard work and commitment from doctors, nurses and support staff has paid off,” said Dr  Foley.

“King’s Mill Hospital has been re-accredited but it is the first time services at Newark have been included and reflects the commitment we have made to investing in and developing high quality gastroenterology services there.

“The Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has representation across the medical profession, including the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Nursing.

“Key areas we are measured on include the quality and comfort procedure timeliness of treatment, staff training levels, the way the department is managed and how checks are carried out to maintain quality and effectiveness, the environment, hygiene and sterilisation.

“Accreditation means that our patients can have confidence that their tests will be done promptly, safely and to a high standard, and they will be well looked after in our care”

Department leader Karen Shacklock praised the way staff reacted to ensure accreditation.

“We have increased our availability and now run from 8am to 8.30pm and have extended the service to Saturdays and Sundays.

“This means all our urgent cases – suspected cancers, for example – are seen within two weeks and routine cases are seen within six weeks.

“Demand is growing and rightly so. This is preventative medicine at its best with early diagnosis helping to reduce the need for more extensive and more serious treatment at a later date.

“It is sign of the commitment from all staff, not just the doctors and nurses, but also the administration and support staff, to deliver high quality care for our patients.”

Sherwood Forest’s endoscopy unit is also the Joint Advisory Group’s accredited national endoscopy training centre for the East Midlands and has links with medical teams in Pakistan.