Refurbished £850k endoscopy unit at Lincoln County Hospital opens to patients

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An £850,000 refurbishment of Lincoln County Hospital’s endoscopy unit has seen improvements to patient care, say the trust in charge of the county’s hospitals.

The makeover of the unit on Greetwell Road has seen new admitting, changing and recovery rooms created, as well as a designated clinical room for bowel cancer screening to provide privacy and dignity for patients.

A new path has also been built outside so that patients can access the unit safely.

The endoscopy unit cares for patients undergoing endoscopy procedures, which are procedures where the inside of your body is examined using an endoscope – a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and a video camera at one end.

Around 6,500 patients use the unit in Lincoln each year.

The developments have meant that the unit has recently been given Joint Advisory Group accreditation, a national award set up to ensure high standards of care in clinical quality, quality of patient experience, training and workforce.

Nikki Woodcock, Head of Endoscopy, Screening and Physiological Sciences for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m so proud of the team in the Lincoln endoscopy unit for all their hard work to ensure they can provide the best possible care for their patients.

“The JAG accreditation is not only down to the environmental changes that have taken place, but also down to the excellent working practices of the team, and the efforts they have put in to ensure the unit is well staffed and well used.”