Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe hospital to benefit from new £1.6m endoscopy unit

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Work has started on a new £1.6 million endoscopy unit at Scunthorpe hospital.

The new development on the Church Lane side of the hospital close to the main entrance will also see the current lower gastrointestinal unit redeveloped.

The new endoscopy unit, which will replace the existing facility in the coronation block of the hospital, will provide new dedicated outpatient and day case facilities and will be completed later this year.

As part of the development, the unit will also see an increase in treatment rooms from the current two to three.

This will enable the trust to expand its service for patients participating in the national bowel screening programme.

Martin Gough, consultant upper gastrointestinal and general surgeon, said: “The new unit will be bright, environmentally friendly and welcoming.

“The layout of the new unit will also improve the patient experience and increase their comfort, privacy and dignity.”

Mick Morgan, of Crowle, is a patient panel representative and has worked with the planning team on the development.

He said: “I have really enjoyed being involved and have offered my thoughts and views on the scheme from a patient point of view.

“The new unit will offer a more streamlined service in a much nicer and brighter environment for patients.”