EndoscopyThe Endoscopy Unit is a dedicated unit that comprises of 9 Trolley spaces and a Reception area. The unit has a recovery area and two procedure rooms.
The Unit performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in Oesophageal-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD), Colonoscopy, Bronchoscopy and Endoscopic-Retrograde-Cholangio-Pancreatograph (ERCP), is carried out in the X-Ray Department. The unit provides training and supervision for Trust personnel.
- The Endoscopy matron is Romel Mendoza.
- The Endoscopy Sister is Anne Hartnett.
- The Deputy Sister is Liezel De Ocampo.
- Teams of experienced Staff Nurses support the Sisters.
- The Unit has a dedicated porter daily.
- 5 Endoscopy Office Co-ordinators and 2 Receptionists organise the administrative and clerical functions within the Department.
- The Ward is open from 8.00am to 18.00 Monday to Friday.
- Patients arrive at 8.00am for the morning list and 12.45pm for the afternoon list.
- Endoscopy staff work 8.00am to 18.00 Monday to Friday.
- The Unit also provides an Emergency out of hours GI Bleed service at the weekends.
All the patients undergoing Colonoscopy require them to take an “Oral Bowel Cleansing Agent" (also called ‘bowel prep’).
A recent NPSA (National Patient Safety Agency) alert “Reducing risk of harm from oral bowel cleansing solutions” suggested such agents carry risks of dehydration and electrolyte disturbance and that it is essential that the patient has had their U&Es checked in the preceding three months before the patient can safely take this oral bowel cleansing agent
The Trust does not accept any direct Colonoscopy referrals but any patients needing repeat Colonoscopy will need to be evaluated by GPs for their suitability for the oral bowel cleansing agent.
If the patient has not already had these blood tests done, we would ask that any patient being referred for Colonoscopy should also have U&Es and FBC checked at the time of the referral or before their scheduled procedure.
GP will complete the “Oral Bowel Cleansing Agent Prescription Checklist” to assess whether it is safe for the patient to take the Oral Bowel Cleansing Agent based on medical history, medical conditions, medications and blood test results
GP will send the checklist along with the request form. Once we receive the completed checklist with the referral form, we will make the necessary arrangements for the patient regarding appointment and Oral Bowel Cleansing Agent
In case of any questions, please contact Endoscopy Clerk on 01932 722037.
If you would like further information about Endoscopy, please do not hesitate to contact Deputy Sister Mendoza or any members of the Endoscopy team.