A unit at Louth County Hospital has been awarded a national accreditation for the high standard of care it provides.
The Endoscopy unit has retained its JAG accreditation, which is a national award set up to ensure high standards of care in clinical quality, quality of patient experience, training and workforce.
In order to meet the standards required for JAG accreditation, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has reduced waiting times to three weeks and invested in the training of three new nurse endoscopists who work across all sites.
The unit cares for patients undergoing endoscopy procedures, which are minimally invasive procedures that are used to assess areas inside the body by inserting a flexible tube that can provide images of the area in question.
Clinical Services Manager for Endoscopy and the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, Nikki Woodcock, said that she was delighted with the award.
“All the units have worked extremely hard to make the required improvements to the services we deliver to the patients.
“There were improvements made to our patient leaflets, we invested in more training for our staff and the units have more facilities to keep our patients as comfortable as possible before and after any procedures.”