Published on: 15 January 2020

Endoscopy staff 2.jpegSouth Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has invested £275,000 in modernising endoscopy facilities at South Tyneside District Hospital to improve the experience for patients and ensure continued excellent service provision in the future.

The refurbishment of the endoscopy day ward included additional toilets and improved changing, reception and waiting facilities – all contributing to ensuring privacy and dignity for patients.

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined using an instrument called an endoscope. The endoscopy department at South Tyneside District Hospital is central to the work of both the gastroenterology and general surgery teams.

Clinical Director and Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Darshan Boregowda said: “Working with our architects P+HS, our priority was to complement the excellent service provision of our endoscopy staff with modernised facilities and finishes. The result is an improved environment which works better for the service and its users and in which the privacy, dignity and welfare of our patients are enhanced.”

The project is the latest example of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to investing at South Tyneside District Hospital.  Other recent investment in the site has included a £6 million new energy centre, which is delivering benefits environmentally and economically. 

Radiology is another area which has seen major investment in recent years, with the introduction of a £1.5 million MRI scanner - the first of its kind in the UK - and some of the very latest ultrasound machines.