£7m endoscopy unit opens at Spire Cambridge Lea

PUBLISHED: 12:15 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 20:49 18 July 2018

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital CEO Justin Ash, right, with some of the staff at the new £7m endoscopy unit. Picture: Keith Heppell

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital CEO Justin Ash, right, with some of the staff at the new £7m endoscopy unit. Picture: Keith Heppell

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A new £7m day-case unit including a state-of-the-art endoscopy suite has opened at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.

From left, Sue White, Neil MCcullough, Michael Gaunt and Justin Ash CEO at the £7m endoscopy unit official opening, Picture: Keith HeppellFrom left, Sue White, Neil MCcullough, Michael Gaunt and Justin Ash CEO at the £7m endoscopy unit official opening, Picture: Keith Heppell

The unit will provide a wide range of services including: arthroscopies, flexible sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies and has increased the number of enclosed cubicle bays to 19.

Short stay manager, Sue White explained: “A combination of new surgical techniques and advances in anaesthesia mean that day case surgery now accounts for nearly 80 per cent of all elective procedures undertaken each year.

“We know patients want more procedures, when possible, carried out on a day surgery basis so they can return home to convalesce in their own surroundings. We intend to further increase the range of procedures available, delivered by our dedicated day-care team, to patients from 6.30am to 8pm.”

The biggest investment within the day unit facilities is the endoscopy suite. It will play a vital role in helping clinicians detect and treat early signs of bowel cancer.

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital's new £7m endoscopy unit is opened by, from left, Sue White, Neil MCcullough, Michael Gaunt, Justin Ash CEO at Spire Health Care. Picture: Keith HeppellSpire Cambridge Lea Hospital's new £7m endoscopy unit is opened by, from left, Sue White, Neil MCcullough, Michael Gaunt, Justin Ash CEO at Spire Health Care. Picture: Keith Heppell

A recent Public Health England report showed that despite a three per cent increase on the previous year, the take-up for bowel cancer screening (59 per cent) is still significantly lower compared to other cancer screening programmes - breast screening (76 per cent) and cervical screening (72 per cent).

Justin Ash, CEO of Spire Healthcare, added: “These brand new facilities, and the dedicated and experienced team who run it, are testament to our commitment to providing the best quality service within the private healthcare market in this region.

“It will give Cambridgeshire patients faster access to diagnosis, effective treatment and safe, personalised care from our highly skilled staff. Modern healthcare is advancing fast and here at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, we are proud to be at the forefront of day case surgery with this unit. More importantly, the endoscopy suite will give more Cambridgeshire patients rapid access to essential procedures.”

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