New £1.5m unit opens at Weston General Hospital

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 April 2018

Saffron Flower, Mayor Jos Holder, sister Mel Stringer and James Rimmer at the reopening of the ward.

Saffron Flower, Mayor Jos Holder, sister Mel Stringer and James Rimmer at the reopening of the ward.

Mark Wall

Thousands of patients are set to benefit from a transformation of Weston General Hospital’s endoscopy unit.

Staff in the new endoscopy unit at Weston General Hospital.Staff in the new endoscopy unit at Weston General Hospital.

Weston Area Health Trust’s chief executive James Rimmer believes the £1.5million investment in the department shows the commitment to improving the town’s healthcare provision.

He said: “This investment shows Weston General Hospital is continuing to improve and develop. We remain ambitious and committed to proving the very best for the people of Weston and North Somerset.

“The staff have done a fantastic job in keeping the service going through the redevelopment work and I’m very grateful to them for their commitment and professionalism.”

The unit, which was reopened by Mayor Jos Holder on March 23, will be used to treat 4,000 patients a year, through procedures such as colonoscopies.

Hospital staff say the seven-figure overhaul will make a big difference as the facilities will enable medics to improve their work detecting bowel conditions, such as diverticular disease.

Saffron Flower, the hospital’s matron for critical care, said an upgrade to the unit was sorely needed.

She said: “Endoscopy is essential to our patients who require accurate diagnosis and is an essential part of the hospital.

“We had outgrown the old facilities and needed to increase the space we had to provide male and female areas and the highest levels of respect, privacy and dignity.

“This £1.5million investment has allowed us to upgrade throughout and we now have completely separate rooms and waiting areas for men and women.

“The staff are able to give even more individualised care in a professional, spacious environment. We are delighted with the results.

“This has also enabled us to achieve National JAG accreditation, which is a national standard for endoscopy and enable us implement Bowelscope Screening for our local population later in the year which is used to detect bowel cancer in the very early stages.”

Anyone keen to tour the hospital’s new-look department is asked to call Ms Flower on 01934 647257.

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