Endoscopy services at North East London NHS Treatment Centre have been given the seal of approval by the watchdog responsible for overseeing national accreditation.
Following an inspection of the service, the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on gastrointestinal endoscopies granted the centre full accreditation in its Accreditation Assessment Report.
During an endoscopy, a camera is passed into the digestive tract. The images are more accurate than X-rays for detecting abnormal growths and for examining the inside of the digestive system. The technique can also be used to guide treatment, or for confirming a diagnosis by taking biopsies.
The centre carries out almost 4,000 endoscopies each year, in up to 12 sessions held six days a week, from Monday to Saturday.
Hospital director John O’Brien said: “I am delighted. The endoscopy team has worked hard to ensure patients have a stress-free appointment that delivers first class diagnostic results.
“The service has the potential to save lives with the early identification of serious health risks in the oesophagus and bowel.”
The centre’s endoscopy service can be accessed by direct referral from a GP or through the NHS e-Referral Service, also known as Choose and Book.
To learn more about the service at the North East London NHS Treatment Centre call 0333 200 4069 or visit www.nelondontreatmentcentre.nhs.uk