South Yorkshire hospital unit praised

Members of the endoscopy team
Members of the endoscopy team
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Patients at a South Yorkshire hospital unit can be sure they are in safe hands after services were given a clean bill of health by a top industry body.

Barnsley Hospital’s endoscopy unit has been awarded accreditation by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

The group, which visits the hospital every five years to make assessments and recommendations, said it was impressed with a series of improvements carried out at the unit.

It singled out for particular praise the facility’s decontamination area, its move from mixed-sex to single-sex recovery areas, and designated discharge rooms.

Tony Chappell, the hospital’s endoscopy manager, said: “Achieving accreditation is important to us as it is proof we are providing a high quality, safe service to our patients.

“We put a lot of hard work in to make sure we achieved the criteria, and I am proud to say we exceeded the expectations that were set.”

An endoscopy is a procedure which involves inserting a piece of equipment called an endoscope inside the body in order to carry out medical examinations.

The device is fitted with a light and a camera, and is often used to investigate symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, persistent abdominal pain or unexplained weight loss.

Different types of endoscopes are used for patients complaining of unexplained joint pain or stiffness, or problems with the womb or bladder.

The technique is also used to diagnose serious conditions such as bowel cancer.

The Joint Advisory Group is hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.