New endoscopy unit to open at Dorset County Hospital

Dorset Echo: New endoscopy unit to open at Dorset County Hospital New endoscopy unit to open at Dorset County Hospital

A NEW and improved endoscopy unit is being officially opened at Dorset County Hospital this week.

The state-of-the-art unit is still in its original location in the Dorchester hospital’s north wing but has benefited from extensive building and refurbishment work to improve the facilities and services for patients.

The unit, which will be opened on Friday, now boasts three new treatment rooms as well as recovery rooms, a reception and waiting area and administration and decontamination areas.

Endoscopy senior charge nurse James Childs said: “As part of our ongoing drive to improve the patient experience, the endoscopy unit was redesigned and refurbished to ensure that the department is fit for the new challenges ahead.

“The new endoscopy suite is designed to meet standards for the environment, decontamination, clinical quality and quality of the patient experience set by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) which certifies all endoscopy centres.

“The new unit offers greater privacy with same sex facilities in all areas where this is necessary.

“We are thrilled with the feedback from patients who have commented on how bright and welcoming the unit is.”

The new waiting area features a beautiful glass screen designed by local artist Sasha Ward and inspired by the chalk landscape of the south west.

Dr Peter Down, who established the first endoscopy department at the old Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester in 1989, will do the honours at the opening event and a plaque commemorating the opening of the unit has been donated by patient support group The Semi Colons.

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1:48pm Mon 3 Mar 14

shy talk says...

Come on Echo a brief description of what endoscopy is, it might help.
Come on Echo a brief description of what endoscopy is, it might help. shy talk
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1:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jmc1 says...

shy talk wrote:
Come on Echo a brief description of what endoscopy is, it might help.
Down the throat,normally to have a look at your stomach,I've had quite a few
Google it
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Come on Echo a brief description of what endoscopy is, it might help.[/p][/quote]Down the throat,normally to have a look at your stomach,I've had quite a few Google it jmc1
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Mon 3 Mar 14

I'mavoter says...

I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job.
And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.
I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job. And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either. I'mavoter
  • Score: -3

6:26pm Mon 3 Mar 14

islandman says...

Allow me to enlighten you. About 18 months ago, I received notification from DCH that I had by age, become available for bowel screening. I set aside the invite and thought nothing more of it. A few weeks later, the invite came again. I decided to participate. All that was required was a smear of poo on supplied pieces of cardboard, They were sealed in an envelope and posted.

A week or so later, I was informed that an abnormality in the sample had been detected and i was invited to the endoscopy dept.

It was explained to me that blood had been detected, unseen to the eye and I could do nothing. Or, I could have an endoscopy. This would mean a tiny tube/catheter would be passed up my rectum and via a very tiny camera, they would be able to tell/see what or if there was a problem.

I elected to proceed. They informed me that there may be nothing or there may be tiny polyps and if there were, they would be removed by laser (I think).

After this procedure, they said there were none that could be removed that way, however there was a tumour. This needed to removed with open surgery. A sample biopsy had been taken from it with view to finding out if it were benign or malignant. Either way, it needed to be removed. Failure to do nothing could mean it would continue to grow and probably perforate the bowel causing much distress or worse.

Several appointments were needed and the day of surgery arrived. Iwent into theater unsure of my fate. I am told seven hours elapsed.

When awake with surgery completed, I was told the tumour had been benign, but they had needed to give me an ileostomy (bag for poo). This would only be temporary. Just as well as I have had a urostomy (bag for urine 28 yrs) so with two, I felt as you would imagine, dreadful.

In due course, the ileostomy was reversed, and I have no further need to attend the endoscopy unit. However I might just call in to say hello as I have recently had an article published in a national magazine regarding my invite to the endoscopy unit.

I hope this hasn't been too graphic for any of our usual readers, if it has, just remember it when that envelope pops through your letterbox.

OH, and if the editorial team wish to use this, then you have my permission, or you can contact me for the full published copy.
Allow me to enlighten you. About 18 months ago, I received notification from DCH that I had by age, become available for bowel screening. I set aside the invite and thought nothing more of it. A few weeks later, the invite came again. I decided to participate. All that was required was a smear of poo on supplied pieces of cardboard, They were sealed in an envelope and posted. A week or so later, I was informed that an abnormality in the sample had been detected and i was invited to the endoscopy dept. It was explained to me that blood had been detected, unseen to the eye and I could do nothing. Or, I could have an endoscopy. This would mean a tiny tube/catheter would be passed up my rectum and via a very tiny camera, they would be able to tell/see what or if there was a problem. I elected to proceed. They informed me that there may be nothing or there may be tiny polyps and if there were, they would be removed by laser (I think). After this procedure, they said there were none that could be removed that way, however there was a tumour. This needed to removed with open surgery. A sample biopsy had been taken from it with view to finding out if it were benign or malignant. Either way, it needed to be removed. Failure to do nothing could mean it would continue to grow and probably perforate the bowel causing much distress or worse. Several appointments were needed and the day of surgery arrived. Iwent into theater unsure of my fate. I am told seven hours elapsed. When awake with surgery completed, I was told the tumour had been benign, but they had needed to give me an ileostomy (bag for poo). This would only be temporary. Just as well as I have had a urostomy (bag for urine 28 yrs) so with two, I felt as you would imagine, dreadful. In due course, the ileostomy was reversed, and I have no further need to attend the endoscopy unit. However I might just call in to say hello as I have recently had an article published in a national magazine regarding my invite to the endoscopy unit. I hope this hasn't been too graphic for any of our usual readers, if it has, just remember it when that envelope pops through your letterbox. OH, and if the editorial team wish to use this, then you have my permission, or you can contact me for the full published copy. islandman
  • Score: 3

6:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

cosmick says...

islandman wrote:
Allow me to enlighten you. About 18 months ago, I received notification from DCH that I had by age, become available for bowel screening. I set aside the invite and thought nothing more of it. A few weeks later, the invite came again. I decided to participate. All that was required was a smear of poo on supplied pieces of cardboard, They were sealed in an envelope and posted.

A week or so later, I was informed that an abnormality in the sample had been detected and i was invited to the endoscopy dept.

It was explained to me that blood had been detected, unseen to the eye and I could do nothing. Or, I could have an endoscopy. This would mean a tiny tube/catheter would be passed up my rectum and via a very tiny camera, they would be able to tell/see what or if there was a problem.

I elected to proceed. They informed me that there may be nothing or there may be tiny polyps and if there were, they would be removed by laser (I think).

After this procedure, they said there were none that could be removed that way, however there was a tumour. This needed to removed with open surgery. A sample biopsy had been taken from it with view to finding out if it were benign or malignant. Either way, it needed to be removed. Failure to do nothing could mean it would continue to grow and probably perforate the bowel causing much distress or worse.

Several appointments were needed and the day of surgery arrived. Iwent into theater unsure of my fate. I am told seven hours elapsed.

When awake with surgery completed, I was told the tumour had been benign, but they had needed to give me an ileostomy (bag for poo). This would only be temporary. Just as well as I have had a urostomy (bag for urine 28 yrs) so with two, I felt as you would imagine, dreadful.

In due course, the ileostomy was reversed, and I have no further need to attend the endoscopy unit. However I might just call in to say hello as I have recently had an article published in a national magazine regarding my invite to the endoscopy unit.

I hope this hasn't been too graphic for any of our usual readers, if it has, just remember it when that envelope pops through your letterbox.

OH, and if the editorial team wish to use this, then you have my permission, or you can contact me for the full published copy.
Very good letter, more people could now have a better understanding of this.
If the ECHO did a story i am sure it would be an eye opener.
Hope you are on the mend.
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: Allow me to enlighten you. About 18 months ago, I received notification from DCH that I had by age, become available for bowel screening. I set aside the invite and thought nothing more of it. A few weeks later, the invite came again. I decided to participate. All that was required was a smear of poo on supplied pieces of cardboard, They were sealed in an envelope and posted. A week or so later, I was informed that an abnormality in the sample had been detected and i was invited to the endoscopy dept. It was explained to me that blood had been detected, unseen to the eye and I could do nothing. Or, I could have an endoscopy. This would mean a tiny tube/catheter would be passed up my rectum and via a very tiny camera, they would be able to tell/see what or if there was a problem. I elected to proceed. They informed me that there may be nothing or there may be tiny polyps and if there were, they would be removed by laser (I think). After this procedure, they said there were none that could be removed that way, however there was a tumour. This needed to removed with open surgery. A sample biopsy had been taken from it with view to finding out if it were benign or malignant. Either way, it needed to be removed. Failure to do nothing could mean it would continue to grow and probably perforate the bowel causing much distress or worse. Several appointments were needed and the day of surgery arrived. Iwent into theater unsure of my fate. I am told seven hours elapsed. When awake with surgery completed, I was told the tumour had been benign, but they had needed to give me an ileostomy (bag for poo). This would only be temporary. Just as well as I have had a urostomy (bag for urine 28 yrs) so with two, I felt as you would imagine, dreadful. In due course, the ileostomy was reversed, and I have no further need to attend the endoscopy unit. However I might just call in to say hello as I have recently had an article published in a national magazine regarding my invite to the endoscopy unit. I hope this hasn't been too graphic for any of our usual readers, if it has, just remember it when that envelope pops through your letterbox. OH, and if the editorial team wish to use this, then you have my permission, or you can contact me for the full published copy.[/p][/quote]Very good letter, more people could now have a better understanding of this. If the ECHO did a story i am sure it would be an eye opener. Hope you are on the mend. cosmick
  • Score: 2

7:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jmc1 says...

I'mavoter wrote:
I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job.
And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.
I'm not a clever clogs as you so abruptly put it , I've just had a few endoscopys,if you are reading or making comments on here ,then you must have some sort of computer or tablet,so you could google it.
I suppose google is like a dictionary but a lot easier to use,if you have a computer,I use it quite often when I come up against something or word I don't understand .
I suppose that does make me a clever clogs.
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job. And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.[/p][/quote]I'm not a clever clogs as you so abruptly put it , I've just had a few endoscopys,if you are reading or making comments on here ,then you must have some sort of computer or tablet,so you could google it. I suppose google is like a dictionary but a lot easier to use,if you have a computer,I use it quite often when I come up against something or word I don't understand . I suppose that does make me a clever clogs. jmc1
  • Score: 2

10:33pm Mon 3 Mar 14

islandman says...

Thanks cosmic. The road to recovery has been and still on-going, but however frustrating some days are, one has to think, "at least I'm still here, without the oportunity to participate in bowel screening which I very nearly did'nt take up, maybe that wouldn't be the case".
Thanks cosmic. The road to recovery has been and still on-going, but however frustrating some days are, one has to think, "at least I'm still here, without the oportunity to participate in bowel screening which I very nearly did'nt take up, maybe that wouldn't be the case". islandman
  • Score: 0

1:34am Tue 4 Mar 14

I'mavoter says...

jmc1 wrote:
I'mavoter wrote:
I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job.
And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.
I'm not a clever clogs as you so abruptly put it , I've just had a few endoscopys,if you are reading or making comments on here ,then you must have some sort of computer or tablet,so you could google it.
I suppose google is like a dictionary but a lot easier to use,if you have a computer,I use it quite often when I come up against something or word I don't understand .
I suppose that does make me a clever clogs.
I didn't say I do not have a computer !!
I said not everybody has a computer.to Google it.
If you're goingbtompick me to pieces, please read my comment properly first !
I didn't say you were a clever clogs either ! I said not everybody is a clever clogs, meaning that not everybody would know what it meant, just because you did. Don't assume jmc1, and read people's comments properly before you try to ridicule them !
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job. And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.[/p][/quote]I'm not a clever clogs as you so abruptly put it , I've just had a few endoscopys,if you are reading or making comments on here ,then you must have some sort of computer or tablet,so you could google it. I suppose google is like a dictionary but a lot easier to use,if you have a computer,I use it quite often when I come up against something or word I don't understand . I suppose that does make me a clever clogs.[/p][/quote]I didn't say I do not have a computer !! I said not everybody has a computer.to Google it. If you're goingbtompick me to pieces, please read my comment properly first ! I didn't say you were a clever clogs either ! I said not everybody is a clever clogs, meaning that not everybody would know what it meant, just because you did. Don't assume jmc1, and read people's comments properly before you try to ridicule them ! I'mavoter
  • Score: -2

2:33pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Panyan says...

An endoscopy is a camera inserted via the throat a colonoscopy is where a camera is inserted through the colon via your back passage. I have had both procedures and received reassuring results.
An endoscopy is a camera inserted via the throat a colonoscopy is where a camera is inserted through the colon via your back passage. I have had both procedures and received reassuring results. Panyan
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

islandman says...

AGH!, two things have happened submitting my post. The first that it clicked too late, that I had made an error. Yes I was invited to the Endoscopy Unit for a Colonoscopy. So where I wrote :- "Or, I could have an endoscopy. ", it should have read :-" or I could have a colonoscopy" and for that I am sorry.

The second is that thankfully someone was quick to spot my incorrect word usage. My only hope is that if the Echo do pick up on this, they double check the fact before printing.
AGH!, two things have happened submitting my post. The first that it clicked too late, that I had made an error. Yes I was invited to the Endoscopy Unit for a Colonoscopy. So where I wrote :- "Or, I could have an endoscopy. ", it should have read :-" or I could have a colonoscopy" and for that I am sorry. The second is that thankfully someone was quick to spot my incorrect word usage. My only hope is that if the Echo do pick up on this, they double check the fact before printing. islandman
  • Score: 0

10:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

jmc1 says...

I'mavoter wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
I'mavoter wrote:
I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job.
And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.
I'm not a clever clogs as you so abruptly put it , I've just had a few endoscopys,if you are reading or making comments on here ,then you must have some sort of computer or tablet,so you could google it.
I suppose google is like a dictionary but a lot easier to use,if you have a computer,I use it quite often when I come up against something or word I don't understand .
I suppose that does make me a clever clogs.
I didn't say I do not have a computer !!
I said not everybody has a computer.to Google it.
If you're goingbtompick me to pieces, please read my comment properly first !
I didn't say you were a clever clogs either ! I said not everybody is a clever clogs, meaning that not everybody would know what it meant, just because you did. Don't assume jmc1, and read people's comments properly before you try to ridicule them !
If someone does not have a computer, then they will not be reading the story or the comments here,if they came across the word and didn't know what it meant,they could either look it up in the dictionary or get access to a computer or ignore it.
I think you have a problem with someone giving advice,when I said Google and find out what the word means,it was obvious I was speaking to computer users.
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: I absolutely agree with you there 'shy talk'. If you're going to report on something, do a proper and complete job. And to 'jmc1'. ... Not everybody is a clever clogs, or has a computer to "Google it" as you so abruptly put it. I didn't know what it meant either.[/p][/quote]I'm not a clever clogs as you so abruptly put it , I've just had a few endoscopys,if you are reading or making comments on here ,then you must have some sort of computer or tablet,so you could google it. I suppose google is like a dictionary but a lot easier to use,if you have a computer,I use it quite often when I come up against something or word I don't understand . I suppose that does make me a clever clogs.[/p][/quote]I didn't say I do not have a computer !! I said not everybody has a computer.to Google it. If you're goingbtompick me to pieces, please read my comment properly first ! I didn't say you were a clever clogs either ! I said not everybody is a clever clogs, meaning that not everybody would know what it meant, just because you did. Don't assume jmc1, and read people's comments properly before you try to ridicule them ![/p][/quote]If someone does not have a computer, then they will not be reading the story or the comments here,if they came across the word and didn't know what it meant,they could either look it up in the dictionary or get access to a computer or ignore it. I think you have a problem with someone giving advice,when I said Google and find out what the word means,it was obvious I was speaking to computer users. jmc1
  • Score: 0

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