For a third successive year the hard work and dedication of staff in the Endoscopy Unit at Derriford Hospital has been formally recognised by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on GI Endoscopy.
At a time when the service has been expanding, whilst dealing with the operational pressures faced by the hospital, the staff within the Endoscopy Unit have continued to meet all standards and have maintained their waiting times across the board.
The unit, the largest in the South West, is staffed by a large dedicated team of nurses, healthcare assistants, consultants from various specialities, assistant practitioners and administrative personnel who work tirelessly to ensure that we can treat the 15,000 patients who attend the unit each year.
The JAG accreditation ensures the quality and safety of patient care by defining and maintaining the standards by which endoscopy is delivered within Derriford Hospital.
Sister Mel Gandy, Manager of the Unit, said: “We are so proud to be recognised for the high standards of care we continue to provide to our patients, as well as concentrating on driving down our waiting lists, the accreditation is a great acknowledgement of that.
“We are currently working towards being in a position to roll out the bowel scope initiative programme. This is a government-led initiative – aiming to diagnose and treat abnormalities within the bowel at an earlier time, thus giving patients a better outcome.
“As the nursing manager, the team within the unit continue to inspire me. I am very proud of their professional and committed attitude, which keeps the Derriford Endoscopy Unit at the forefront.”
Ann James, Chief Executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “This is such a fantastic achievement. Well done to you all for your continuing hard work, despite the significant operational pressures. On behalf of all, thank you.”
This is the fourth time the unit has gained the full accreditation. A huge well done to all involved.