A new Endoscopy Unit at KGH was officially opened by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health
The new Unit is a modern, patient-centred build with two procedures rooms, a first stage recovery room and a discharge lounge and replaces the existing one room facility.
An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure whereby a narrow tube with a camera at the end is passed into an organ such as the stomach or bowel to view inside. Patients are referred for an endoscopy, which is a day procedure, by their GP or consultant to investigate symptoms such as vomiting or bleeding for conditions such as gastric ulcers, inflammary bowel disease and cancers Endoscopy activity includes GI Endoscopies, Gastroscopies ,Colonoscopies and cystoscopies . The Unit also accommodates inpatients.
The redevelopment of the new Endoscopy Unit is a key element to the progression of KGH’s selection as a National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) site for colorectal screening. The new unit will have enhanced capacity for both symptomatic and screening patients and this will impact significantly on the early diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.
The Endoscopy Unit at KGH serves a population of 140,000 and is open 5 days per week. The total cost of the build was €3.2 million of which €70,000 was received from the Irish Cancer and €60, 000 from Friends of Kerry General Hospital .Society for equipment as part of their support for the colorectal cancer screening programme.
On behalf of Kerry General Hospital, Prof. Geraldine McCarthy chair of the South / South West Hospital Group said, “I warmly welcome the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly to Mallow General Hospital to open this wonderful modern development”. She further stated that “Kerry General Hospital is now part of a group of nine acute hospitals spanning Kerry, Cork, Waterford, South Tipperary, and Kilcreene Regional Orthopaedic Hospital located in Kilkenny. All will work together and support each other to ensure appropriate integration and improvements in terms of patient care and overall heath service delivery. The hospital group’s academic partner University College Cork will strive to improve its links to Kerry General and optimise research, innovation, education and training to ensure the hospital has a highly trained team of staff to deliver optimum care to all its patients. To achieve this we will be actively engaging with Tralee Institute of Technology which already has a longstanding relationship with Kerry General Hospital in training students to deliver high quality health services. “
Mr. Kevin Murray, Consultant Surgeon, KGH said, “My colleagues and I very much welcome the development of endoscopy facilities in KGH. The new unit is purpose-built facility and meets all the international standards required for such a unit. The additional treatment room means that we can increase the number of endoscopy procedures performed and progress as a NCSS colorectal screening site. Currently we have capacity for symptomatic and surveillance patients but this capacity will be enhanced for both symptomatic, surveillance and screening patients. This will impact significantly on early diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.”
TJ O’Connor, General Manager, KGH said, “KGH has just recently been successful in the JAG accreditation process. This is a formal recognition that the unit has demonstrated its competence to deliver the standard of care required by international standards. This is a fantastic achievement for the hospital and huge credit is due to the commitment and dedication of the staff of the unit. The JAG accreditation will enable staff to commence Bowel Cancer screening on June 30th 2014 It is estimated that there are 16,000 people in Kerry who will meet the national screening criteria with an estimated 6% of this number requiring colonoscopy.”
National targets are set down for urgent and routine referrals for an Endoscopy and, in 2013, the KGH Unit consistently met its national performance targets. These targets, along with waiting lists, are closely monitored to ensure patients get the highest possible standard of care.